Public health nurses are registered nurses who work with their local communities to promote health, prevent disease and maintain wellness. They work in partnership to assist and support families and whānau towards self-reliance in health.

Public health nurses deliver the following initiatives in the Nelson Marlborough region:

  • B4 School Checks – The B4 School Check is a free health and development check for your four-year-old. It’s the last Well Child Tamariki Ora check and helps give your child the best start at school. Find out more on the B4 School check page.
  • School-based immunisations – Public health nurses work with local schools to run school-age immunisation education and delivery programmes. Find out more on the Childhood immunisation page.
  • Outreach immunisations – Public health nurses can deliver immunisations in the community for children referred by the National Immunisation Register administrators or their general practice.
  • Well Child/Tamariki Ora programme – Public health nurses deliver the Well Child/Tamariki Ora programme for rural areas, Wakefield and the Marlborough Sounds.
  • Working with vulnerable families – Public health nurses work with vulnerable families, referring them to the most appropriate services for their health and wellbeing to ensure their needs are met. 
  • Infectious disease control – Public health nurses play an important role in controlling the spread of communicable and notifiable diseases, such as measles and whooping cough. Find out more on the Infectious disease control page.

How to access this service

To access the Public health nursing service, please complete the Public health nurse referral form

You can refer yourself or your whānau if you need help accessing health and wellbeing services, or if your child has missed their immunisations or B4 School checks on time.

You may also be referred through health and/or community service professionals and schools.

Location and contact details

Richmond Health Hub
281 Queen Street
Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm
Phone: (03) 546 1537

Marlborough Health Hub
22 Queen Street
Phone: (03) 520 9914