Waitematā DHB Child & Family Services
Public Service Community
Public Health Nurses
Public Health Nurses (PHNs) are registered nurses who visit schools regularly and are available to discuss concerns about children’s health, growth and development including skin and ear infections, sore throats and rheumatic fever, asthma and eczema, behavioral difficulties, bedwetting and soiling, hearing and vision concerns, and nutrition and diet.
They also have training and expertise in adolescent health and development issues. Public Health Nurses work with children, young people and families in the school, community and home environments. They liaise between home and school (home visiting where appropriate), and work in partnership with families to improve and promote the health of children and young people.
Public Health Nurses also offer school based immunisation programmes, including Boostrix (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) boosters in year 7, and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine to year 8 students.