About the Western Australian Healthy Schools Project

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The WA Healthy Schools Project (WAHSP) 2008-2015, was a statewide community health initiative based on the Health Promoting Schools Framework. It was one of a suite of programs delivered in Western Australia funded by the Australian Government under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) Healthy Children Initiative. The Healthy Children Initiative targeted children up to 16 years of age through a range of settings and aimed to reduce the risk of chronic disease and contribute to the healthy development of children and young people by addressing the risk factors of overweight and obesity, poor nutrition and physical inactivity.

The WAHSP was implemented collaboratively by Child and Adolescent Community Health and the Western Australian Country Health Service beginning in 2008 and ending in 2015 due to ceased funding. The WAHSP case studies (PDF 1.4MB) and information on the How to run projects to promote health in schools page provide ongoing resources for schools undertaking healthy school projects.

This project is no longer operational, but other advice and support for teachers and school staff delivering school health promotion programs can be obtained through the WA Health Promoting Schools Association Inc. (external site) The Association provides support through education, coordination and collaboration with school communities and health agencies.  For a list of organisations that may be able to assist in developing a health promoting school, refer to the WA Health Promoting Schools Association Inc. member agencies list (external site).

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