Wednesday, July 24, 2024

WA to fund vaping education in schools

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The WA Government has announced a funding pool of $300,000 to help schools to implement projects that address vaping and encourage healthy eating.

Health Minister, Amber-Jade Sanderson said all schools across the State, or their Parents and Citizens Associations, can apply for up to $5,000 in funding through Healthway’s Healthy Schools Program, and this year Healthway will prioritise applications that increase healthy eating and address vaping.

Applications are strongly encouraged from schools in rural and remote areas, those with students representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and/or those experiencing disadvantage, the Minister said.

“The State Government is committed to working with schools and a range of partners to find new and innovative ways to achieve better health for Western Australians that need it the most,” she said.

“This funding round is in response to growing concerns about the rising trends in use and harmful effects of vaping as well as the continued importance of promoting healthy eating to children and young people.

“Schools play an invaluable role in encouraging healthy lifestyles from an early age which leads to positive health and education outcomes for students.”

Last year, Healthway’s Healthy Schools Program awarded more than $300,000 in funding to 78 schools across Western Australia.

“Health plays a critical role in a child’s development throughout their schooling years from kindergarten through to Year 12 and is a catalyst for their ability to learn and thrive,” said Education Minister, Tony Buti.

“This funding will assist school communities in providing targeted support for students and their families in ensuring they adopt a wholistic healthy outlook that can boost their educational long-term outcomes.”

For more information and to apply visit https://www.healthway.wa.gov.au/our-funding/healthy-communities-program/

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 24 March.

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