Health examinations in student health care
- Public service
The goal of health examinations in student health care is to promote student health and wellbeing. Young people are guided to make health-promoting choices, and young people are assisted to become independent. Health examinations are used to assess students' bilities to study and their life situations, self-esteem, resources and sense of responsibility for their own health. As necessary, the students' motivation, risks, willingness for change and obstacles for change are assessed more extensively. It is important in student health care to recognize those students who need special support and to refer them to necessary support functions during studies.
Students' abilities to study can be affected by
- Mental problems and substance abuse
- Social problems
- Relocation to another community
- Long-term illness
- Learning difficulties
Others who may need support
- Immigrants and international students
- Students in retraining
- Students who have resumed studies after long periods of time
- Students with families
- Students who also work
The goals of student health examinations are
- to assess together with students their life situations, habits, social networks and how the studies fit into their overall wellbeing
- to support and to strengthen students' resources
- to recognize risks involved in students' habits and to give guidance and information to reduce those risks
- to assess students' health from the point of view of their studies
- to recognize students in danger of social exclusion
- to refer students to necessary services if such problems are detected that threaten or impede their functional capacity
- to define needs for birth control and sexual health information
- to plan possible needs for monitoring, care and rehabilitation in case of chronical diseases
- to define rehabilitation and support activities for special needs students together with their educational institutions and other actors
- to assess needs for further appointments
- to inform students about services provided by student health care.
Student health examinations are used to assess students' health in terms of their success in studies. In addition to regular health examinations for the entire age group, services are targeted at those students who need more professional help or guidance by student health care professionals.
Needs for possible support are defined for students who do not attend health examinations.
To whom and on what terms
The service is free of charge.
In health checks for different age groups, attention is paid to issues that are relevant to each life stage. The child welfare clinic carries out an extensive health check on each child at the age of four months, 18 months and four years. The checks address aspects related to the child’s health, growth and development and any special needs.
Extensive health checks are organised for schoolchildren in the first, fifth and eight grade. In addition to the growth and development of the child or young person, the well-being of the entire family is assessed in the check. Health checks organised by student health care services focus on the student’s health and well-being as well as other aspects that affect their studies as a whole.
Older persons are offered health checks at the health centre. In addition to a basic check, the older person’s memory, functional capacity, alertness and capacity to cope independently coping can be examined.