Secondary School Nursing Program

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

The Secondary School Nursing Program (SSNP) aims to reduce risk to young people and promote better health in the wider community. About two thirds of government secondary schools take part in the SSNP, with the program targeted to Victoria’s most disadvantaged schools.

Ways the program can help you and your child include:

  • playing a key role in reducing negative health issues and risk taking behaviours among young people, including drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco smoking, eating disorders, obesity, depression, suicide and injuries
  • focusing on prevention of ill health and problem behaviours by making sure there is coordination between the school and community health and support services
  • supporting the school community in addressing health and social issues facing young people and their families
  • offering appropriate primary health care through professional clinical nursing, including assessment, care, referral and support
  • building working relationships between primary and secondary school nurses to help young people in their transition to secondary school.

Secondary school nurses are employed through regional offices of the Department, with most nurses allocated to two secondary schools.