Public Health Nursing Service (PHNS)

​​​​​​​​​​Our service offers support to children, young people and their families across all schools in Canterbury with nurses based at some rural facilities.

Our philosophy of care is centred around The Rights of Every Child

Our service aspires to promote and protect the rights of children and young people. If you want more details about the rights of children and young people in healthcare please read the Charter on the Rights of Tamariki Children & Rangatahi Young People in Healthcare Services in Aotearoa

What We Do

The Public Health Nursing service is staffed by Registered Nurses, a Medical Officer and a good support team of administration staff.  The main PHN Service is based at Burwood Hospital.  There are 8 Public Health Nurses based at rural hospitals – Ashburton, Lincoln, Rangiora and Kaikoura.

The nurses:  

    • regularly visit schools, supporting and advising on children's health

    • work with families, providing support, advocacy, links with other services

    • liaise with family doctors, specialists and other health providers

    • anaphylaxis education and support to schools, Early Education Centres and families

    • refer to other services such as Holiday Camps, STAND (Glenelg Health Camp)

    • support the delivery of B4 School checks by offering appointments in the community

    • provide BCG vaccinations for eligible children under 5 years

    • provide the 0-5 years Well Child Tamariki Ora services in Kaikoura and Banks Peninsula 

​​Contact Telephone Numbers

Ashburton​(03) 307 8378
Christchurch​(03) 383 6877
Kaikoura​(03) 319 5125
Rangiora​(03) 311 8665
Lincoln​(03) 325 6218


Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm


Physical Address

Public Health Nursing Service Building

Burwood Hospital, Gate 1 ~ 320 Burwood Road

Burwood, Christchurch

New Zealand

​Postal Address

Public Health Nursing Service

Private Bag 4708

Christchurch 8140

New Zealand

Page last reviewed: 13 March 2018