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School based youth health nurse

Laura Barresi is the school based youth health nurse allocated to Keebra Park State High School. Laura is at School on a Wednesday, her office is located upstairs in the Student Services Building. Please see student services to make an appointment.

What does the school based youth health nurse do?

The youth health nurse works with students, school staff and parents to:
  • address concerns or problems about health and wellbeing
  • create a more supportive, healthy school environment
  • connect people to other support services inside and outside the school.
The youth health nurse can see young people in private to talk about:
  • health concerns
  • relationships
  • personal and family problems
  • smoking, alcohol or drug use
  • sexual health
  • healthy skin
  • feeling unhappy or stressed
  • puberty, growing up
  • healthy eating, exercise, weight and eating problems
  • getting in touch with the right service
  • anything that affects health and wellbeing.


The Youth Health Nurse works in the school but is employed by Queensland Health. Young people have a right to confidentiality when accessing health services. As a health service provider the Youth Health Nurse respects this but there are some things which the nurse must refer or act upon. Please discuss what can be expected about confidentiality with the Youth Health Nurse.

Getting the best help for health needs

At times other services can provide more appropriate or further help or support for young people. The Youth Health Nurse will discuss the options for working with other services or linking young people with the right services.

Working with students, staff and parents for healthier, more supportive schools

Apart from seeing young people on an individual basis, the Youth Health Nurse works with the school community to identify and act on issues that may affect the health of students and the school community as a whole. This includes helping with curriculum, teaching and learning activities, supporting the development of an environment and school culture that supports health and wellbeing, and working with the community and other services.