Public Health Nurses

Child and Family Wellbeing, General Practices (GPs)

Public Health Nurses (PHN) are Registered Nurses who are trained in child, youth and family health and wellbeing.

We focus on the strengths of the child & family, whanau, young person ensuring that they are at the centre of any choices and decision making about their health care.

Public Health Nurses offer:

  • FREE, confidential service
  • Child and youth friendly health assessments, information, advice on wellbeing and how to access services
  •  Before school checks
  •  Parenting support and advice
  •  Accessing health services options and referrals as appropriate.
  •  Youth health clinics (Free contraception resources, advice & options)

Public Health Nurses work in:

  • The community / home visits
  • Early childhood centres
  • Primary schools
  • High schools/Intermediates
  • Training & Alternative Education Providers
  • PHN’s in rural areas are also available for young people aged up to 25 years old at community clinics in Oamaru, Alexandra, Cromwell & Balclutha (and some High schools).

Public Health Nurses can meet with parents/caregivers/ whanau at home, in schools/preschools, in the workplace or at a venue of your choice. Young people can also meet with a public health nurse at Youth health clinics in high schools, Alternative Education Providers and at Community clinics (rural Nurses). Public Health Nurses work for the Southern District Health Board. To contact a PHN contact your School/ Preschool administrator for the PHN contact details for your area.