School Nurse Pilot Program expands to the Snowy Region

Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor joined Snowy Hydro CEO Paul Broad in Cooma today to announce funding for a new school nurse position to be based at Monaro High School.

The new full-time position is part of NSW Government’s Wellbeing and Health In-Reach Nurse Coordinators pilot program aimed at improving education, health and social outcomes for young people in regional NSW.

Mr Barilaro said two new nursing coordinator positions would be trialled in Tumut and Cooma over the next two years, thanks to $520,000 in funding from Snowy Hydro Ltd.

 “There are fewer things more important than the health and wellbeing of our kids and this new nursing position in Cooma will be a frontline position, making sure we identify the needs of our kids and in turn respond with care and appropriate services they deserve,” Mr Barilaro said.

“While this position is based at Monaro High School and will be an invaluable resource for students and their families, the role will also provide support to students in the surrounding region.

“This generous funding from Snowy Hydro is whole-heartedly supported by the NSW Government. We want this trial to succeed so we can roll this program out to communities right across regional NSW,” he said.

Mrs Taylor said the partnership between Snowy Hydro and the NSW Government to employ dedicated Wellbeing and Health In-reach Nurses (WHIN) is part of a two-year trial that has been extended to Cooma to make sure kids in Southern NSW have the skills they need to build a resilient future.

Richard Karaba