Secondary School Nursing Program Review 2009

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

In 2008 the Department commissioned an external review of the Secondary School Nursing Program (SSNP). The aim of the review was to:

  • investigate a process for the reallocation of secondary school nurses to schools to better meet local demand for services
  • propose ways to strengthen the SSNP within the context of a changing policy environment
  • recommend options for the allocation of nurses to schools
  • recommend mechanisms for monitoring and measuring program outcomes.

The review found that the SSNP is highly valued by young people and the school community for the contribution the program makes to the health and wellbeing of students in vulnerable schools.

Specifically the review found:

  • nurses are well regarded by students and student wellbeing staff 
  • nurses are reasonably well integrated into school structures and in particular, student wellbeing teams
  • students identified the importance of the nurse in providing an independent and impartial adult to whom they can talk in confidence
  • nurses are planning and delivering health promotion activities that align with state government adolescent health priorities

A reference group to oversee the implementation of recommendations has been convened and includes representation of school nurses, regional management, schools and external key stakeholders.

For the executive summary of the review, see: Secondary School Nursing Program Review - Executive Summary (PDF - 124Kb) (pdf - 124.45kb)