Katie murray (pp tminimizer)

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Health Promotion & Alpine Primary Schools Health Professionals Forum, Melbourne 22nd November 2011

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Katie murray (pp tminimizer)

  1. 1. Health Promotion & Alpine Primary SchoolsHealth Professionals Forum, Melbourne 22nd November 2011
  2. 2. The beginning…• Health Promotion Officer (5-12yrs) • 0.6 EFT • July 2009 start = 2.5 years • Physical Activity & Healthy Eating focus• Kids – ‘Go For Your Life’ as a strategy • evidence-based resources • offered structure and planning • existing member schools • local support shown to be beneficial to schools
  3. 3. Engaging Our Schools• Contacted award school first for feedback, learnings, etc.• Contacted 3 existing member schools (one by one) • capacity, audit, partnership • Getting Started section (3.1)• Written invitation to remaining schools, visited some• Ongoing contact - by phone 1–2 per term - by email as appropriate• Surveyed schools in December 2010
  4. 4. Action Plan
  5. 5. Porepunkah Primary• Commenced - March 2009• Awarded - November 2011• No. of students - 104• biggest challenge - time & Lunch Order Menu• biggest strength - Sports Coordinator - champion plus support staff• Initiatives - Teachers Fitness Challenge - Bright Autumn Festival float - ‘Go for your life’ van
  6. 6. Porepunkah Primary
  7. 7. Tawonga Primary• Commenced - March 2009• Awarded - pending (December 2011)• No. of students - 54• biggest challenge - time, motivation & Active Travel• biggest strength - enthusiastic new teachers x 2• Initiatives - vegie garden - ‘Go for your life’ van
  8. 8. Bright P-12 College• Commenced - August 2010• Awarded - pending (Dec 2011)• No. of students - 208• biggest challenge - time & engaging everyone!• biggest strength - Action Team & Principal/Assistant Principals support• Initiatives - vegie garden & chooks - ‘Go for your life’ van
  9. 9. July 2009 - December 2011 July 2009 Nov 2011 end Dec 2011Memberschools 3 = 30% 10 = 100% 10 = 100%Awardedschools 1 = 10% 3 = 30% 7 = 70% * * 4 Applications pending prior to end of December 2011
  10. 10. July 2009 - December 2011 July 2009 Nov 2011 end Dec 2011Studentsengaged 150 = 15% 840 = 87% 840 = 87%HE & PAPolicies 1 = 10% 4 = 40% 7 = 70% *HealthyCanteens 1 = 14% 3 = 43% 5 = 71% * 3 Policies in approval process currently
  11. 11. Challenges• Time poor - teaching Principals, teachers & parents• Full curriculum - competing priorities• Very busy environment• Overcoming obstacles - how, who, motivation to?• Personal - big learning curve in this setting - motivation in quieter times
  12. 12. SuccessesSchools with; - pre-existing health conscious community - smaller numbers of students and a champion - non-teaching, supportive school Principal - no canteen or takeaway nearby - champion within the school community and extra support!Continue to keep building relationshipConfidence with program & resourcesOvercoming obstacles
  13. 13. Key learnings• Link benefits to numeracy & literacy – highest priority for schools• Schools are VERY busy! – don’t want to feel pressured, but appreciate the support• Process may be VERY slow! – build their capacity & support them, don’t do it for them!• With hindsight… – developed my knowledge of the Education sector – strengthened efforts across Alpine LGA (pedometer challenge?)
  14. 14. Recommendations• Develop partnership with Education Department - strongly link health to numeracy & literacy - funding opportunities/incentives to HP schools• Develop partnerships with local councils• Support - local health professionals beneficial - funding/EFT - Regional & State - coordinator support - forums/gatherings• Comprehensive resources - effective but simple - Health Professionals Toolkit – very helpful

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