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Helen August

Helen August, MN
Nurse Practitioner
March 2024

After completing a Master of Nursing in 2012 my passion for working with youth in the community inspired to complete my Nurse Practitioner qualification which I accomplished in 2018.

Now as a Nurse Practitioner at Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora Te Matau-a-Maui, Child Health Team and sexual health I work with children and youth predominantly in the community. I am an Accredited Forensic Examiner for adolescence and adults on the acute roster for the Sexual Assault and Assessment Team (SAATS). I have recently just completed 3 years as an on call Police Medical Officer and was the Communicable Disease Coordinator for Hawke’s Bay DHB. Three years ago, I developed the Registered Nurse Prescribing in Community Health Course for Hawke’s Bay for which I am clinical lead. This course gives Registered Nurses the ability to prescribe from a limited list of medications in the community setting and is going from strength to strength today.

My passion is to raise awareness of preventable and early management of skin problems whilst providing appropriate education and visual resources to families/whānau on how to care for their skin, prevent skin infections and infestations, identify problems early, treatment, and reduce stigma for tamariki with skin concerns specifically in our lower socioeconomic population. My overall vision is to increase collegiality and enable our RNs to work to the top of their scope and close equity gaps which will then reduce Ambulatory Sensitive Hospitalisation (ASH) rates within Hawke’s Bay and provide equality of care and services to our population who need this most.

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