Wellbeing nurse program locked in for 4 more years

February 27, 2024 6:54 pm in by
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A program putting nurses in NSW schools to provide early intervention on everything from mental health to learning disabilities, has had its funding renewed.

The Minns government has committed $60 million dollars to the Wellbeing and Health In-reach Nurse Coordinator program over the next 4 years, funding 100 nurses to reach 400 schools statewide.

The program started in 2018 under the Berejiklian Coalition government, with around 10000 students supported since.

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Health Minister and Minister for the Illawarra, Ryan Park, says the program’s effectiveness is proven.

“We know wellbeing nurses are effective in assisting students and their families to access care for health and wellbeing needs they otherwise would not receive, so I’m proud thousands of children and young people across NSW will continue to benefit from this important service.”

In the Illawarra, nurses are based at schools in Bellambi, Kanahooka, Kiama, Oak Flats, Warilla and Warrawong, providing outreach to schools in the surrounding areas.