Public Health Nursing Service (PHNS)

Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC) Newsletter,  Public Health Nursing Service, Autumn/Winter 2019The Public Health Nursing Service (PHNS) offers support to children, young people and their families across all schools in Canterbury with nurses based at some rural facilities.

Our philosophy of care is centred around The Rights of Every Child (PDF, 2MB)

Our service aspires to promote and protect the rights of children and young people. If you want more details about the rights of children and young people in healthcare please read the Charter on the Rights of Tamariki Children & Rangatahi Young People in Healthcare Services in Aotearoa (PDF, 3MB)

What We Do

The Public Health Nursing service is staffed by Registered Nurses and a support team of administration staff. The main PHN Service is based at Burwood Hospital Campus. There are  also Public Health Nurses based at rural hospitals – Ashburton, Lincoln, Rangiora and Kaikoura.

Public health nurses:

  • Regularly visit schools, supporting and advising on children’s health needs, attending school or home
  • Work with families, providing support, advocacy, links with other services
  • Liaise with family doctors, specialists and other health providers
  • Anaphylaxis education and support to schools, Early Education Centres and families
  • Refer to other services such as Holiday Camps, STAND (Glenelg Health Camp)
  • Support the delivery of B4 School checks by offering appointments in the community
  • Provide BCG vaccinations for eligible children under 5 years
  • Provide the 0-5 years Well Child Tamariki Ora services in Kaikoura and Banks Peninsula
  • Provide the School Based Vaccination Programme for year 8 students

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Page last updated: 8 May 2019

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