A.B. PATERSON COLLEGE
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

Health Centre

A.B. Paterson College Health Centre is located in Rickard Administration Building and is open from 8am to 4pm during the school term. During after school sports training, the Health Centre is open until the training sessions have finished.

The Health Centre is staffed by a specialist paediatric nurse, who has extensive experience in a variety of environments for nursing children. These areas include Accident & Emergency, medical and surgical, intensive care and community based.

Our nurse is responsible for looking after the physical and emotional wellbeing of all students, and will liaise directly with other appropriate members of the College staff whenever necessary. 

The College recognises the importance of the family unit and strives for a holistic approach to care, encompassing religious beliefs, cultural differences, development and growth. Care is planned jointly with the family, and any issues or requirements are discussed on an individual basis, and reviewed regularly.

Health is not merely the absence of illness and, as a school, the College aims to provide an avenue through which meaningful health promotion and illness prevention may be initiated.

Parents are contacted by the nurse regarding health issues and will discuss any requirements their son/daughter may need. Information regarding a student’s previous health care is helpful in providing appropriate and holistic care. Parents are also welcome to contact the nurse at any time with concerns.

The Health Centre is equipped with three beds and a separate treatment area. If a student is feeling unwell, the nurse will examine and treat according to the concern. When necessary, the nurse will aim to allow students to have a brief rest within the Health Centre before returning to class, or contacting parents to be collected. When students are required to go home due to illness, it is requested that the student is collected within one hour.

In the event of an emergency, the nurse will request the attendance of an ambulance and will contact parents. Should a student suffer with an illness of a contagious nature, the Queensland Health guidelines for exclusion will be followed. This includes students that suffer with vomiting and/or diarrhoea, which requires a 24 hour recovery time from the last episode before returning to school.

Medications are dispensed according to a signed authority by parents. All medications must have a pharmacy label and submitted in the original packaging. The nurse will not be able to administer medications without these.

It is also very important that the College has up-to-date contact details for our families, in the event of sickness and emergency. These details can be updated using Parent Lounge, or contacting the nurse, or admissions, directly.