Health Centre

The students and staff at Grace are privileged to have a new purpose built Health Centre on campus that opened in 2018. The Health Centre has been designed by architects in consultation with the Nursing Staff, it is well appointed and fully equipped to assist the various and diverse needs of the school community.

The role of the Health Centre at Rothwell Campus is to take care of not only first aid following illness or injury at school but to also support the day to day needs of students with ongoing medical conditions.

We support students with a variety of different medical conditions requiring monitoring and or the administration of medications either short or long term. We work alongside and in collaboration with the teaching and pastoral care team to ensure a holistic approach to the day to day care of our student body. Our Registered Nurse is also involved in health promotion initiatives throughout the year delivering educational presentations to students. Where necessary the Registered Nurses will also attend off campus events and camps to support students with medical needs.

The Health Centre Staff are also responsible for maintaining daily student attendance and absentee records.

The Health Centre is staffed Monday to Friday 8:00am – 3:30pm.

Please feel free to contact our staff through front reception or via email if you need to discuss the care of your child: (07) 3203 0066 | GLCHealthCentre@glcoffice.onmicrosoft.com

MEET OUR TEAM

Mrs Joy Cardwell

“The Health Centre is an amazing facility to work in & I feel privileged to be part of the dedicated team that supports students & staff in maintaining all aspects of wellbeing.”

School Nurse/Attendance Officer

Hours: Monday – Tuesday 7:45am - 3:15pm

Joy has previously been a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience working in several major hospitals in Brisbane. She also has many years of experience as a Teacher-Aide working in the Learning Support department at Living Faith Lutheran Primary School. 

Her current position in the Health Centre at Grace Lutheran College allows her to combine both of these passions, caring for the students whilst understanding their diverse needs.

Mrs Dawn Exley

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13

School Nurse/Attendance Officer

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm

Dawn is a Childrens' Nurse with over 13 years of varied experience in Childrens' Acute hospital and community settings. Dawn originally trained and specialised in the UK, and has worked across the whole spectrum from neonates to adolescents. She has also spent time working on various aid projects in Africa. 

Dawn moved to Australia in 2016 and spent time working in Childrens' Palliative care before having a career break to raise her young family. The last two years have been a shift into Community Child Health Nursing where she has been working as a Baby and Child First Aid Educator, volunteering with the Australian Breastfeeding Association and undertaking further studies to qualify here as a Child Health Nurse. Dawn enjoys the Aussie outdoor lifestyle, doing youth work, and plays violin and piano in her leisure time. 

Mrs Rowena Gibbs

“Be kind and compassionate to one another” Ephesians 4:32

School Nurse/Attendance Officer

Hours: Monday, Wednesday - Friday 8:00am – 3:30pm

Rowena has been a Registered Nurse for over 12 years. Training in New Zealand, she has worked in both Public and Private hospitals. Rowena also is a trained Youth worker, working in local High Schools and also mentoring kids in the community. Rowena took 10 years off from Nursing and was a full time Mum of three girls as well as running a Playgroup for 5 years at Bridgeman Baptist. 

Since returning to work she has been attending at the Wesley Hospital in the Orthopaedic surgical ward. She is still doing some shifts at the Wesley as well as her four days at Grace as School Nurse.