The Nurse and Health Clinic are open so students can access free health care and advice from registered professionals.
Students can be referred to a mentoring programme with youth workers to help keep engaged in school and make good life choices.
The Counsellors in a high school are an integral part of the learning phenomenon.
Their role is to identify, address and help eliminate any barriers to learning. This may involve, at times, referrals to other agencies.
When health matters are concerned, the health Privacy code is used and any referrals for students under the age of 16 are made in discussion with parents or caregivers.
Most students seen by the Counsellors here at Cashmere are self-referred.
We always endeavour to include parents in our work but it is a professional counselling service, therefore we respect confidentiality unless the student gives consent to include others or there is a serious risk of harm.
Cashmere has three full-time Counsellors who work closely with the pastoral guidance team. They are part of the Student Support Faculty.
We offer free confidential consultations including:
Providing immediate first aid and assessment of illness at school.
Free Nurse, Doctor and Physiotherapist consultations for students who present with a health concern.
Support/assessment/education/treatment/referral may be given on a wide range of health concerns.
An ACC form can be completed by the nurse for any significant injury requiring referral for x-ray. This is usually to Orthopaedic outpatients at ChCh hospital. After 6pm we have a $30 deal for x-ray and Doctor check-up for sporting related injuries with the 24hr surgery Bealey Ave. Free wound care is available at Moorhouse Medical. Tell them you are a CHS student.
Smoking cessation and nicotine replacement therapy(patches/gum) is offered through the clinic ( parents /caregivers are also welcome )or call Quit line 0800 778 778 or visit http://www.quit.org.nz .
Contraception/sexual health consultation is provided on request including emergency contraception.
Wart treatment is offered at Dr clinics on request.
Monitoring of students with medical/long term conditions is done in partnership with parents/caregivers and teachers.
Medications at school (safe administration/safe carrying of medications)
Over the counter medication like paracetamol and ibuprofen are available at the clinic. Parents will sign a consent for this Y/N on the enrolment form. This may be given by the nurse or first aider after assessment questions are asked.
All controlled or prescription medication i.e., ritalin, codeine must be securely stored at the nurses clinic for students requiring these medications - see our nurses on request.
It is reasonable for responsible students to carry emergency medication i.e., period pain, allergies, anaphylaxis, diabetes (enough for the day only and securely stored). We encourage students to see the Nurse for pain relief as a safer option.
Students are referred as necessary to the school counsellor for support.
St John's Ambulance will be called if necessary to transport a student to hospital. Accidents are covered by ACC, a medical issue may incur a charge from St Johns.
There are three AED defibrillators, located in the reception, gym foyer and the performing arts centre.
We aim to assist students to take responsibility for their health and actively promote healthy lifestyle choices. By students keeping healthy we hope to maximize their opportunities for learning at Cashmere High school. If a student is unwell or injured or there is a safety concern for the student at school you may be contacted to pick them up. If the student can be temporarily managed at school and return to class you may not be contacted unless there is follow-up care required for example head injuries.
Parents/ Caregivers feel free to contact the health clinic at any time. Further information on privacy, confidentiality, storage of medical information etc is available on request from the clinic. We encourage you to keep emergency contact details and health conditions updated by notifying the administration office of any changes.
We also encourage registration with the Dentist for free dental care up to the age of 18, and appropriate immunizations provided by the GP for example Tetanus and the Cervical cancer vaccine.