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Southern DHB Public Health Nursing / Te Punaka Oraka (Well Child Service)

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    Nga Kaitiaki Hauora a Iwi

    The Otago Public Health Nursing Service provides free, confidential Well Child/tamariki and youth/rangatahi health assessments for youth aged between 0-18 years who are eligible for and/or attending early childhood centres and schools.

    Public Health nurses offer advice and support:
    • to schools and early childhood centres on health issues
    • to parents/caregivers of young people
    • to young people at self-referral clinics in schools

    We also provide:

    • individual child /youth health education, protection and prevention
    • communicable diseases and immunisation
    • B4 School checks
    • Human Papillomavirus Vaccination (HPV)
    • rural community youth health clinics
    • student health assessments, under the School Based Service Contract (SBSC)
     We have offices throughout Otago. A list of key contacts is on the left of this page.



    B4 School Check Programme

    The B4 School Check is the 12th Well Child /Tamariki Ora health check and is free for all 4 year olds.
    There are two parts to the check:

    The Vision & Hearing Screen is normally done at your child’s preschool by a visiting vision and hearing technician. You will be required to complete a consent form prior to this. If your child doesn’t attend a preschool or has not had their vision/hearing screened, we can arrange this with you in one of our clinics.

    The Health Check is done by one of our trained registered nurses and takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. This involves discussing your child’s general health and development, growth, oral health, immunisation history and useful health promotion resources and parenting tips. If you have any concerns, additional support and referral options are available. Ideally the check is done soon after your child turns 4 years of age and is available up until their 5th birthday.

    The B4School check is provided by Public Health Nursing Service in Otago and the Well Child Service in Southland.  If you are interested please call us - we would love to hear from you!

    Contact our B4School check team:

    Otago Ph 03 476 9842
    Southland Ph 03 211 0012
    Or 0800 247224 (Free to cell phones)

    Further information on the B4School check is available on the Ministry of Health website. B4 School Check

    Human Papillomavirus Vaccinations (HPV)

    An immunisation (vaccine) is available to girls and young women in New Zealand to help protect them from cervical cancer and is free of charge.

    For more information about the HPV Otago School Based Programme contact the Otago Public Health Nursing Service: Ph 03 4769838, Fax 03 476 9858