Public Health Nursing

Public Health Nursing

Nga Kaitiaki Hauora a Iwi
The Otago public health nursing service provides free, confidential well child/tamariki and youth/rangatahi health assessments for youth aged between 0-18 years who are eligible and/or attending early childhood centres and schools.
Public Health nurses offer advice and support:

  • to schools and early childhood centres on health issues
  • to parents/caregivers of young people
  • to young people at self-referral clinics in schools

We also provide:

  • Individual child /youth health education, protection and prevention
  • Communicable diseases and immunisation
  • B4 School checks
  • Human Papillomarvirus Vaccination (HPV)
  • Rural community youth health clinics
  • Student Health Assesments, under the School Based Service Contract (SBSC) 


B4 School Check Programmelogo-b4-school-check

The B4 School Check is the 12th Well Child /Tamariki Ora Health Check and is free for all 4 year olds.

There are two parts to the check:

Vision & Hearing Screen, this is normally done at your child’s preschool by a visiting Vision and Hearing Technician. You will be required to complete a consent form prior to this.  If your child doesn’t attend a preschool or has not had their vision/hearing screened, we can arrange this with you in one of our clinics.

The Health Check is done by one of our trained Registered Nurses and takes about 30-45 minutes to complete.  This involves discussing your child’s general health & development, growth, oral health, immunisation history and useful health promotion resources and parenting tips. If you have any concerns additional support and referral options are available. Ideally the check is done soon after your child turns 4 years of age and is available up until 5th birthday.

The B4School check is provided  by Public Health Nursing Service in Otago and the Well Child Service in Southland

If you are interested please call us - we would love to hear from you!

Contact our B4 School check team:


Otago Ph: 03 476 9842

Southland Ph: 03 211 0012

Or 0800 247224 (Free to cell phones)



Further Information on the B4School check is available on the Ministry of Health website.

Useful Links:  


Human Papillomavirus Vaccinations (HPV)

An immunisation (vaccine) is available to girls and young women in New Zealand to help protect them from cervical cancer and is free of charge.

For more information about the HPV Otago School Based Programme contact the Otago Public Health Nursing Service:


Ph:(03) 4769838

Fax:(03) 476 9858

Useful Links:  

Cervical Cancer vaccine website

We have offices throughout Otago. Below is a list of key contacts:




Level 2, Main Block, Wakari Hospital, Dunedin                       

03 476 9880 

03 476 9858

24 Clyde Street,  Balclutha                     

03 419 0465  

03 419 0466

78 Ribble Street, Oamaru               

03 433 1162 

03 433 1163

Dunstan Hospital, Clyde

03 440 4309  

03 440 4319

Tyrone Street, Ranfurly, Maniototo

03 444 9424  

03 444 9093