Early mental health boost

MORE children in the Granville electorate will have access to important wellbeing support at school as a result of the NSW Government committing $60 million over four years to continue the successful Wellbeing and Health In-reach Nurse (WHIN) Coordinator program.

Participating schools in the electorate include Granville South Creative and Performing Arts High School supporting Granville South Public School, Granville East Public School and Blaxcell Street Public School; and Arthur Phillip High School supporting Merrylands Public School, Holroyd School and Fowler Road Public School. The wellbeing nurses play a vital role in schools, helping students and their families to access mental health support and high quality, compassionate healthcare.
State MP for Granville, Julia Finn, said the participating schools were carefully chosen to make sure that “wellbeing nurses are available to the communities who need them most”.
Since the program started in 2018, more than 10,000 students have been supported by wellbeing nurses.
The WHIN Coordinator program is a joint initiative of NSW Health and the NSW Department of Education, and establishes wellbeing nurses in public primary and secondary schools to coordinate appropriate early intervention, assessments and referral to health and social services.
The NSW Government has also committed to recruiting an extra 250 school counsellors.