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School Based Youth Health Nurse

The School-Based Youth Health Nurse is available at Maroochydore SHS Monday to Thursday and Monday to Wednesday (alternate week). For more information about our services please download our SBYHN Infographic.
The School-Based Youth Health Nurse works with students, school staff and parents to:
- Address concerns or problems about health and wellbeing
- Help create a more supportive, healthy school environment
- Connect people to other support services outside the school
She works with individuals and school members to identify and act on issues that affect both the individual and the health of the school community. This includes helping with curriculum, teaching and learning activities, supporting an environment and school culture that supports health and wellbeing and working with the community and other services.
The School-Based Youth Health Nurse meets with young people in private to talk about – health concerns – mental health – sexual health – personal/ family issues – smoking, alcohol and other drug use – referral to other services – feeling unhappy/stressed – puberty.   Parents are also most welcome to phone or make an appointment with any concerns about their child.
There are many support services available for students in the community. To help find the right support for your child, visit for a directory of community support services.
Useful health resources for students and families are available from the following pages:
Resources for Students (tabs highlighted in yellow)
Resources for Parents & Carers (tabs highlighted in green)
If you or anyone you know needs help:
Donna Layden
School-Based Youth Health Nurse
Ph: 54097315
Resources for Students
Healthy Eating & Activity (Students)
Mental Health & Wellbeing (Students)
See your School Nurse for advice and information or visit headspace Maroochydore
Anxiety & Depression
Self Harm
Body Image
Relationship Break ups
Stymie allows bystanders to send anonymous notifications to Your School, about someone who they believe is being bullied or harmed.
Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Other Links
Sexting and Online Safety (Students)
Sexual Health (Students)
How often should you be screened
Everyone between the ages of 15-39 should have a yearly test for sexually transmissible infections (STI) and blood borne viruses. Most people don’t have any symptoms of STIs and that is why it is important to have a yearly test. If you have any STI signs such as a discharge, rash, itch, pain, bleeding and or sores, then see your school nurse, doctor or local health clinic for a confidential and private consultation.
Where can you go for a sexual health check up?
Speak to your School Nurse for advice and information, visit your doctor (GP) or Clinic 87 at Nambour Hospital
For women’s health, visit
How long does screening take?
A test for STIs is simple and takes less than 10 minutes – you just need to provide a urine and blood sample.
Why screening is important
In the Sunshine Coast region, there are increasing numbers of people with STIs. It is important to be tested and treated as soon as possible as untreated STIs can lead to complications, such as difficulty getting pregnant.
Contact tracing
If you have an STI, all your partners need to be treated and have a test. If your partners do not have a test, then you will get the infection again and will need to be treated again.
Either you can tell your partner/s or the clinic can. If the clinic contacts your partners, your name is not mentioned.
Animations and other websites to visit
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Domestic Violence &Sexual Assault (Students)
See your school nurse for support and advice
Domestic and Family Violence support
Sexual Assault service
Resources for Parents & Carers
Parenting your Adolescent (Parents and Carers)
Parent Information Sessions are run regularly at MSHS to support student wellbeing.
Audio files from these sessions are available (contact the School Nurse).
Staying connected
For more information about ParentSpace and Circle of Security, contact Donna (SBYHN) 5409 7315
Other Useful links
Youth Support Program
Youth Support Program is a school-based initiative aimed at assisting young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to remain connected to school, family and support networks.
Uniting Care Community offers a range of low cost/free programs to support children, youth and families, including support options at school.
Family and Child Connect can help with a range of family and parenting challenges, including:
  • managing your child’s behaviour (e.g. skipping school, running away from home, homework, tantrums)
  • building better family relationships
  • stopping any violence at home
  • budgeting and managing money
  • alcohol, drug or gambling problems
  • housing, health care or access to other community or government services.
Triple P – free program to develop skills, strategies and confidence to handle any parenting situation
Building a Healthy Teenage Brain
Raising Caring, Ethical Children
Raising Boys
Encouraging Boys to be Respectful and Caring
ReachOut Families
Managing Technology & Online Safety (Parents and Carers)
Make a family technology contract:
Esafety Resources
Stymie allows bystanders to send anonymous notifications to your School, about someone who they believe is being bullied or harmed.
Gaming addiction
What can Parents do about Porn
Reporting Child Pornography
Building resilience within young people to counteract porn culture:
Mental Health & Wellbeing(Parents and Carers)
Anxiety in Teens
What families can do to promote resilience
Raising Children Network Mental Health Links
headspace Maroochydore
Understanding and Responding to Self Harm:
Alcohol & Drugs
Sunshine Coast Mental Health & Addiction Service
Body Image
Normal vs Disordered Eating in Teens
Headspace Restore Program
Disability (Parents and Carers)
Support to parents of children with a disability
Domestic Violence &Sexual Assault (Parents and Carers)
See your school nurse for support and advice
Domestic and Family Violence support
Sexual Assault service