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Guidance Officer

Alexandra Hills State High School is supported by The Guidance Officer - Jenny Bourke. The Hub is situated at the end of the Social Sciences block nearest to the Administration Office. The Guidance Officer support students, staff and parents in a number of ways. These include:
  • social and emotional support when life gets a  bit tough when dealing with family and friends
  •  academic support when making decisions about subject choices and study schedules.
  • career advice
  • the provision of QTAC sessions and assistance with scholarship application.
  • making links with community agencies to help support students in ways that are beyond the school capacity e.g. financial support, mental health issues, employment links and family counselling
 
In addition to the above general areas of support is the role of the Indigenous Support Person – Jenny Bourke.
A number of other support staff are also housed in The Hub including the Chaplains, The School Nurse, The Youth Support Co Coordinator, Max Employment and The Behaviour Management Teacher.

School Based Youth Health Nurse (SBYHN)

The School Based Youth Health Nurse works with a preventative focus including early identification, brief intervention and harm minimisation activities.  The nurse is often the first point of contact for young people, their families and school community members seeking information, advice and support for health matters.  For issues requiring treatment or intensive counselling, they play an important role in providing referral for clients to the relevant agencies.  School Based Youth Health Nurses do not provide or teach first aid, care for wounds or administer medications in their role. 

Within their allocated schools the School Based Youth Health Nurse provides support and assistance to address the health needs of young people, their families and school community members in consideration with local needs. 

The nurse provides one-on-one confidential consultations for individuals which might include topics such as the following:

  • Health and Wellbeing Concerns
  • Relationships – Family, Peer and Boy/Girl or other
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs
  • Sexual Health
  • Stress and or unhappiness
  • Puberty
  • Healthy eating, exercise, weight and eating concerns
  • Linkages and referrals to other services

The nurse provides support for school community and staff by offering the following:

  • Health Promotion Activities
  • Provision of Health Related Resources
  • Work with staff to assist with some health related/promotion activities within the   classroom/school environment
  • Linking school community with relevant community and other services

The current School Based Youth Health Nurse is Lisa Davies who works for Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service.  Lisa is available on Monday and Thursday, please see the hub. 

Hub Appointments

Students can access Hub staff by visiting the Hub before and after school or during breaks. During this time students can also make appointments scheduled during class time by filling out an appointment slip. This slip needs to be signed by the teacher from the designated period to be missed prior to the appointment. This enables staff to know the whereabouts of students during class time.