School Health Program

The School Health program comprises Before School Assessments. This is an early identification and referral program targeting all Aboriginal children starting school the following year, and also children who have been identified with concerns by preschool teachers and /or parents. Registered nurses from multidisciplinary Community Health Centres provide this mostly outreach service in preschools and long day care centres across the area.

The Before School Assessment is a holistic program consisting of screening in hearing, vision, speech, dental, fine and gross motor development and a parent questionnaire on the child’s social and emotional development and health history.  Referrals for children and families are made to appropriate specialist Child Health services, General Practitioners, Non-Government Organisations and dental services as required.

The School Health program also includes:
  • Asthma in Schools and Anaphylaxis education for teachers in preschools, primary and high schools across the Northern NSW LHD
  • Otitis Media screening for Aboriginal children in kindergarten and year 1
  • School hearing and /or vision screening for primary school children who are referred by teachers, and who are unable to access mainstream services.


To locate School Health services in your local area, please refer to the
NNSW LHD Community Health Service Directory