Student Wellbeing

 

The role of the Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator at Healesville High School is: 

  • Introducing and maintaining support structures for students

  • Being available to help students, parents and teachers

 

“We aim to provide a calm and safe environment in our Student Wellbeing Centre where our students feel comfortable seeking support from staff and external services.” 

 

Student Wellbeing support may also include:

  • Organising support groups for students needing help

  • Assisting individual students with work plans, personal problems

  • Negotiating extra assistance for students experiencing difficulty with classwork

  • Reconciling differences of opinion between individuals and groups

  • Holding discussions with parents who are worried about their children

  • Providing advice and recommendations for referrals to external support services

  • Organising outside agencies to help families when necessary

  • Preparing applications for individual or family financial support

  • Informing staff of students who are experiencing personal difficulties (with consent)

  • Working closely with Year Level Co-ordinators and staff

 

Services offered

 

The Student Wellbeing Team has very positive relationships with many external services and providers and we are fortunate enough to be able to offer access to the following services:

  • Psychologist (available for student sessions and parent meetings)

  • Social Workers/Counsellors

  • Access to Adolescent Trained GP’s and Nurses (via the Doctors in Secondary Schools Program)

  • Health Nurse

  • The Breakfast Program (every Wednesday morning)

  • Headspace Support Workers

  • Salvation Army Youth Worker

 

Parents and guardians may make an appointment to meet the Wellbeing team by calling the General Office on (03)5962 4088.

DOCTORS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Healesville High School is fortunate to be included in the 'Doctors in Secondary Schools' program. This initiative provides funding for general practitioners (GPs) to attend up to 100 Victorian government secondary schools for one day per week. The GPs provide medical advice and health care to students most in need.

 

The objectives of the program are to:

  • make primary healthcare more accessible to students

  • provide assistance to young people to identify and address any health problems early

  • reduce the pressure on working parents

 

All secondary school students enrolled in a participating school will be able to access an adolescent-health trained GP, subject to providing the required consent for the services. Participating schools, students and their parents/carers will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses for student consultations with the GP.

 

Consent and Confidentiality

The program’s consent and confidentiality policy was developed in consultation with experts including:

the Australian Medical Association, the Australian Education Union, Parents Victoria and the Victorian Association of Secondary School Principals.
 

Consistent with Australian common law, the program recognises that:

any student who wants to see the GP will be permitted to book an appointment. The GP will decide whether the young person is mature enough to consent to medical treatment or whether parent/carer consent is needed - as is the case with all GPs in the community the right for a young person’s health information to be kept confidential will be respected unless the disclosure is with the consent of the young person or it is otherwise permitted by law– as is the case with all GP practice in the community.

 

 

Click here to view the DiSS Consent and Confidentiality Policy 

Click here to view the DiSS Parent Information Sheet

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