All state-funded primary school nurses have been axed in a move doctors and nurses say will most affect children who are already disadvantaged.

The move comes as Royal Children’s Hospital staff fear a “workforce redesign” could affect their ability to treat their patients and involve job cuts.

Nine primary school based nursing positions have been cut by the Children’s Health and Hospital Board, spelling the end of an estimated 126 free hearing clinics in southeast Queensland, as well as sight screenings.

The school nurses also offered other preventative care health services such as lessons about hygiene, sexual abuse awareness programs and puberty preparation.

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