|Title:||School Health Service Policy|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0281/10|
|Date of issue:||Friday, 30 April 2010|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||This policy set guide the practice of Community Health staff employed by the Department of Health WA, when delivering services to schools, which include health promotion, early detection and specialist health expertise.|
|Applicable to:||Population health and community health managers and staff.|
|Period of effect:||from 3 March 2010 to 1 March 2013|
|Authorised by:||Mr Kim Snowball, A/Director General, Department of Health WA, 08-Apr-2010|
|Print version:||View print version|
School Health Service Policy
This policy set guide the practice of Community Health staff employed by the Department of Health WA, when delivering services to schools, which include health promotion, early detection and specialist health expertise.
School Health Services aim to provide a flexible and adaptable service, which responds to the health needs of children and young people in schools. School Health Services encompass a range of programs under the broad service delivery areas of health promotion, early detection and specialist health expertise. In each area, services are delivered in collaboration with local school staff.
School health service staff may support schools with a range of health promotion strategies, which are identified in Local Service Agreements or school level plans. A health promoting school involves the whole school community. Health education and health promotion strategies are used to reach all students including those who may already be showing signs of ill-health, others who may be at risk, and also students who have no apparent risk factors. The possible roles for School Health Service staff in health promotion in Health Promotion Sub-Policy for WA School Health Services CHS 002-1.
Early detection programs aim to improve the health outcomes of those individuals identified as having problems or difficulties, by enabling early referral to appropriate services and supports. Standard screening programs are offered to all children at, or soon after, school entry. Other early detection programs are negotiated to suit local needs. The roles of School Health Services in early detection are outlined in Early Detection Sub-Policy for WA School Health Services CHS 002-2.
Specialist health expertise is provided by staff who have clinical knowledge and skills in relation to health and development of children and adolescents. The roles of School Health Services in specialist health expertise are outlined in Specialist Health Expertise Sub-Policy for WA School Health Services CHS 002-3.
Mr Kim Snowball
This circular last updated: Friday, 30 April 2010 at 10:21am