Specialised Student Support
We have a 4 specialist staff in the team at Queensland Academies Creative Industries to ensure our students are supported in a variety of ways, for whatever they may need assistance with.
Katrina Hill- Guidance Counsellor (Monday, Thursday and Friday) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Coonan- Guidance Counsellor (Tuesday and Wednesday) email: email@example.com
Lauren Strelan- School Chaplain (Wednesday and Thursday) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rose Hargrave – School Based Youth Health Nurse (Thursday) email: email@example.com
School-based Youth Health Nurse
Queensland Health funds a School-Based Youth Health Nurse program in Queensland state schools.
What does a nurse do?
These nurses work collaboratively within the school community by:
- providing support for the school curriculum, teaching and learning activities
- supporting the planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion activities
- supporting the development of partnerships with relevant government and non-government agencies, and community members
- supporting the development of a healthy school environment and ethos
- providing advice and information about health education resources, including relevant Queensland Health policies and programs, and facilitating health related teacher in-service
- advocating on behalf of young people on issues affecting their health and well-being
- providing individual health consultations for students, parents and members of the school community.
Our school based nurse is available on Thursdays for confidential health consultations. If students have any inquiries about their physical and mental health, nutrition advice, relationships with peers, family or partners, appointments can be made via Client Services on Level 4.
The Department of Education and Training’s vision for Advancing Queensland is built on a quality education system and is supported through the provision of a comprehensive guidance and counseling service for students and their families.
Guidance Officers support the social and emotional development of groups and individuals in the school community, extending into health and welfare issues.
Guidance Officers are committed to providing quality education services to enhance the education opportunities for every young Queenslander within our primary, secondary and special schools.
What does a Guidance Officer do?
Guidance Officers work closely with students and their families, teachers, non-teaching professionals and in some instances departmental agencies and authorities. They do this in order to provide a wide range of support to students. A Guidance Officer’s responsibilities include:
- working directly with students and teachers, support personnel, family and other specialists/professionals
- providing guidance and counselling services to students and their families
- performing case management and referral services to optimise students’ access and engagement in education
- preparing and implementing professional and personal skill development programs for administrators, teachers and parents
- working collaboratively with other school-based support personnel to assess and address the needs of students
- planning or assisting in planning support programs that can help students achieve positive outcomes
- identifying factors that can be barriers to the learning and development of students
- supporting the personal and social development of students
- providing advice about education and career pathways.
Everything told to the Guidance Officers is confidential with the exception of:
• you being at risk of harm
• you harming and/or intending to harm another
• someone else has or intends to commit harm to another
• someone else it at risk of harm
At times during the year, the Guidance Officers will present information relating to:
• SET Plans (yr 10 only)
• university experience opportunities
• career counselling (yrs 11/12)
• general information as needed related to career or personal counselling
There is no right or wrong reason to make an appointment with a Guidance Officer. Privacy is always protected and only appointment times will be communicated to teaching staff, not the reason for your appointment when absent from class.
Appointments are approximately 30 minutes in duration and can be booked via the following options:
• You can self refer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
• Teachers can refer you if they are concerned for you. This will be discussed with you first by the staff member
• Parents can refer you via phone 3552 9333 or email: email@example.com
Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. SE QLD Chaplains provide positive adult role models for students. Chaplains are present in schools at the invitation of the Principal, in consultation with the local community, and with the support of the P&C Association.
What does a School Chaplain do?
A School Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school and provides a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope. Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students and assist in fostering supportive, caring school communities.
Working with other members of the school’s support team, the Chaplain cares for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and depression.
The partnership between the school and the Chaplaincy Service, supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations, provides a network of local support and assistance. These positive relationships help young people to face difficult issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose.
The Chaplaincy Service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.
This program is funded under the NSCSWP program and guidelines.