As a health promoting school Stuartholme pays careful attention to the maintenance of the girls’ health. The Sharon Beirne Health Centre operates each day to ensure that quality and caring medical assistance is available to students attending Stuartholme School.
Staffed by a team of registered nurses, the well-appointed Health Centre is open between 7.30am and 3.30pm, Monday to Friday and 6-10pm every evening. After an initial assessment, the nurse determines whether there is a need for further medical treatment, which is organised at either the local medical practice or a hospital emergency department.
If boarders require a doctor, they attend a local medical centre, which bulk bills unless appointments are outside of normal hours. If parents have a preferred GP in the Brisbane area then their daughter may attend this doctor’s practice. However, in the event of an injury or acute illness it may be recommended that the boarder attends a hospital emergency department. Parents are notified of this and it is their decision as to whether their daughter attends a public or private hospital emergency department.
If a boarder has dental, orthodontic or physiotherapy appointments, or requires other specialised care, then transport to and from the appointment, (with an escort if required) can be arranged by the Health Centre staff. Transport is usually by taxi or, if sufficient notice is given for an upcoming appointment, the Care and Concern parent group are approached to assist with transport needs.
The nurses also work in close co-operation with the boarding school staff. The boarding staff are trained in emergencies and the Senior Supervisors are able to give medication when a registered nurse is not on duty. Communication with parents about their daughter’s welfare is also a key part of the service offered by the Health Centre. Professional and caring guidance is also available to boarders from the School Counsellor, School Chaplain and Careers Advisor as well as members of the Boarding House Leadership Team