Public Health Nursing and Screening

Welcome to 
Public Health Nursing & Screening Services

Public Health Nursing & Screening Services is part of Lakes District Health Board Planning and Funding and is a regional service covering Rotorua, Taupo and Turangi. The team is based in two locations, Rotorua and Taupo. The service includes Public Health Nurses, Vision Hearing Technicians, Outreach Immunisation, the B4 School team, Lakes DHB District Immunisation Facilitator and the Mobile Ear Van Clinic.

Public Health Nurses
Tuberculosis & BCG Vaccination Programme
School Based Vaccination Programme
Vision & Hearing Screening
Ear Nurse Specialists
B4 School Team
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 Public Health Nurses
Who are we? 
Public Health Nurses are registered nurses who work with children, young people and their families/whanau to promote health and provide support to enhance well-being.  

What we offer?
  • Assessments of health concerns for school aged children as requested by parent/caregiver.
  • Assistance with health and development.
  • Support children, young people and their families to navigate through health care, social agencies and services.
  • Facilitate access and link/refer families to other health professionals & services
  • Work with families, teachers and schools to ensure children are healthy and ready to learn.
  • Provide health information and advice.
  • Organise and deliver immunisation programmes in schools.
  • Child advocacy.


Where do we work?
  • In schools.
  • In homes.
  • In the community.
Referrals can be received from:
  • Parents/Caregivers.
  • Schools and Teachers.
  • Education Services - such as Social Workers in Schools,  RTLB (Resource Teachers  Learning and Behaviour)  
  • Health Professionals.

If you wish to make a referral to our service please complete our PHN referral form or contact our office directly. 

Tuberculosis (TB) & BCG Vaccinations 
Four of our Public Health Nurses are qualified to deliver neonatal BCG vaccinations and case manage TB.

In June 2011 the criteria to qualify for a neonatal BCG vaccination changed. Please use the link to the Ministry of Health website for the BCG criteria.
If your infant meets the Ministry of Health criteria and you wish to have you baby vaccinated your midwife will complete a referral on your behalf or you may self refer. Alternatively you may contact us on the number below. 

School Based Immunisation Programme

The School Based Immunisation Programme is delivered by the Public Health Nurses to schools in the Rotorua, Taupo and Turangi areas.  The 2015 programme will commence in March and continue through to the end of the school year in December. 

What we offer

- For Year 7 students (11 years old)

- Given in one injection for Diptheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough (Pertussis) 

HPV GARDASIL Immunisation
- For Year 8 girls
- Three injections given throughout the school year

EDUCATION SESSIONS are given to all students being offered a vaccination.  Consent forms with information about the immunisations are sent home for the caregiver/legal guardian to complete and return to the school.



BOOSTRIX protects against Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis (Whooping Cough).

GARDASIL protects against HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)

HPV is a very common virus that 4 out of 5 of us will be exposed to in our lives.  This virus causes infections that can lead on to some types of cancers, such as cervical cancer.

Gardasil is a very successful and safe vaccine and it is on the National Immunisation Schedule.

Gardasil is given to girls in Year 8.  There is a better immune response if given at a young age (it is licensed from age 9 years in NZ).  It is also desirable that it is given prior to exposure to the virus.

As the vaccine is given in 3 doses spread over 6 months, many families find it convenient to complete this at school with the Public Health Nurses.


For more information

- Contact the Public Health Nurses on (07) 343 7747; or
- Contact your medical centre; or
- Visit the IMAC (Immunisation Advisory Centre) website, or phone 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863).


   Vision & Hearing Screening 

Vision and Hearing Technicians are screeners who deliver a national screening service in preschools, early education centre’s, community clinics and client homes.

Vision and Hearing Technicians undertake:
- Vision hearing screening on 4 year olds as part of the B4 school check.
- Vision screening to all year 7 students and colour vision to year 7 boys.
- Follow-up screening and referrals to optometrists, ophthalmology, Audiology and the Ear Nurse Specialist.

Vision and hearing checks can be provided to other school aged children however if there are concerns about their hearing and/or vision then screening by a specialist is recommended as they have more comprehensive screening equipment. 

How to contact us:


Rotorua Office
8.00am - 4.30pm Monday – Friday (excluding public holidays)
Phone: 07 343 7747 or internal on extn 7747.
Taupo Office
8am - 4.30pm Monday – Thursday (excluding public holidays)
Phone: 07 376 1012 or internal on extn 8512.
If you have any queries regarding the Public Health Nursing Service please contact the Clinical Nurse Manager, Shelley McIntosh, on (07) 348 1199 extn 8780