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Waikato School Clinics

In 2002, Midlands Health Network was contracted by Waikato DHB to provide school-based health services in Waikato. Today, 30 GP-led clinics and nine registered nurse-led clinics are in place in high schools, teen parent units or alternative education.

Local school-based clinics are a much needed service as youth in the Waikato have poor health outcomes compared to other regions in New Zealand. The clinics remove some of the barriers that prevent young people from accessing health services, for example cost, transport and the fear of talking to a health professional. They also provide a way to encourage youth to stay engaged in the health system once they leave secondary school.

Pinnacle MHN is funded by Waikato DHB to provide two types of School Based Health Services

  • GPs in decile 1-5 secondary schools across the Waikato. 
  • Registered nurses in decile 1-4 secondary schools, wharekura, teen parent units (TPU) and alternative education programmes (AE) across the Waikato.

The overarching goal of both funding streams is to remove barriers for youth in accessing timely healthcare by placing youth friendly clinicians into eligible schools, free of charge. 

The GP in schools funding stream has been in place since 2003 and has three main objectives. 

  • To reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections 
  • To reduce the incidence of unplanned pregnancies 
  • To encourage youth to access the health system post school.

In 2009, funding to progressively open nurse lead clinics in schools was rolled out, originally in decile 1-2 schools, and from 2013-2014 the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project extended funding to open nurse lead clinics in decile 3 schools. 

From 2019 funding has been increased to open nurse clinics in decile 4 schools. 

The three main goals of nurse lead school clinics

  • To conduct HEADDSS (psycho-social assessments on all year 9 students). 
  • 1-1 patient care. 
  • Health promotion.
The Waikato school nurse team has a vision of safe, healthy, vibrant rangatahi/youth. Our team's mission is to improve youth health outcomes through placing rangatahi/young people at the center of their healthcare journey and to reduce youth suicide in Waikato. 

We have set five goals to help the team achieve our vision and mission

  • Removing barriers to accessing primary health care.
  • Increase health literacy and independence.
  • Breaking the cycle of violence and protecting the right person.
  • Reduce risk taking behaviors and mitigate concerns.
  • Celebrating successes.

Waikato school based clinics:

Alternative Education Programmes

Cambridge High School

Fairfield College

Forest View High School

Hamilton Boys' High School

Hamilton Girls' High School

Hamilton's Fraser High School

Hauraki Plains College

He Puawai Teen Parent Unit at Hamilton's Fraser High School

Hillcrest High School

Huntly College

Matamata College

Mercury Bay Area School

Morrinsville College

Nga Taiatea Wharekura

Ngaruawahia High School

Otorohanga College

Pa Harakeke Teen Parent Unit

Paeroa College

Piopio College

Raglan Area School

St John's College Hamilton

Taumarunui High School

Te Aroha College

Te Awamutu College

Te Kauwhata College

Te Kuiti High School

Tokoroa High School

Waihi College

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

For more information about the Waikato school-based clinics, contact 

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