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Health Centre News

Registered Nurse, Adele Cutbush

From the College Nurse, Adele Cutbush

How I came to be at Waverley

Hello! My name is Adele Cutbush and I am the Registered Nurse working in the new Health Centre at Waverley College.

I have been working as a Registered Nurse for 10 years. I started my career in an Emergency Department in Western Sydney where I worked for almost 5 years. I then moved on to working in Medical Centres all around NSW, even as far as Dubbo and Phillip in the ACT. I have been school nursing for the past two years and have thoroughly enjoyed this career choice.

I love school nursing as I feel like I am able to make an impact on the lives of young students and their relationship with a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing. Being a school nurse means you are at the frontline. It can be quite similar to working in Emergency in many ways. Every day is different and challenging and you have no idea what is going to walk through the front doors! I look forward to being able to look after the students at Waverley College and making a positive mark on their individual health.

Health Centre Services

If students are in need of the Health Centre services, they can visit during 8am-4pm Monday to Friday with permission from their teacher. During recess and lunch, the students are able to present to the Health Centre without the permission of the teacher on duty.

The Health Centre is located on the ground floor of the quadrangle in the west wing. The direct number to the nurse’s station is 9369 0644.

Our new facility is equipped with 3 beds and 4 reclining chairs and an examination table, soon we will be receiving a hospital bed. The Health Centre is fully stocked with the appropriate equipment in case of emergency, including an Automated External Defibrillator, Air Viva, oxygen tank and First Aid Kits. We also have an extensive selection of bandages and dressings, diagnostic equipment, ice machine, EpiPens, Ventolin inhalers and medications for both emergency and non-emergency situations.

Meningococcal Update

Last week it was announced that there will be a free meningococcal vaccination for Year 11 and 12 students to combat the rise of the W strain cases and protect the students from the potentially fatal disease.

The Waverley College Health Centre was in contact with the Public Health Unit for the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and it has been decided to offer Years 11 & 12 the Meningococcal ACWY as a 1 dose vaccination in Term 3, 2017.

The Meningococcal ACWY vaccine protects against four strains of meningococcal disease and, in 2017, will only be available to the Year 11 & 12 age group. Since this is a funded Program for Schools and vaccine supplies will only be available to GPs later in the year, it is therefore important to ensure that all Year 11 & 12 students attend the scheduled date for vaccination.

Consent packs and specific dates will be sent out to parents as soon as we receive them from the Public Health Unit. Please do not hesitate to give me a call at the Health Centre between 8am – 4pm, Monday to Friday on 9369 0644 if you have any questions or concerns.