Community and Public Health aims is to assist Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education settings to develop healthy learning environments where children learn better. We focus on reducing inequities in health and education outcomes.
Staff work in depth with a range of education settings and providers to ensure that their environments support healthy behaviour and maximise each child’s learning potential, using a whole setting approach. The issue areas of focus could include healthy eating, hauora/wellbeing, physical activity, community connectedness and smokefree.
South Island Tertiary Health and Wellbeing Survey Report released
Health promotion in higher education is receiving greater attention with the recent development of the Okanagan Charter, an international health promotion charter for universities and colleges. The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) funded a survey of health and wellbeing initiatives in tertiary institutions across the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand in 2016, based on the Okanagan Charter.
This report provides a snapshot of health and wellbeing initiatives currently operational within the seven higher education institutions surveyed and aims to share examples of good practice and suggestions for further alignment with the Okanagan Charter.
This document was written by Dr Anna Thorpe (Community and Public Health) and health promotion consultant Carmen Collie.
Health Promoting Schools
The purpose of Health Promoting Schools (HPS) is to enhance whānau wellbeing through evidence-informed practice, with a focus on reducing inequities in health and educational outcomes.
Health Promoting Schools’ advisors assist schools to use the HPS process, to bring together the Board of Trustees, Principal, Staff, students, parents/caregivers, whānau, community and local organisations to create a shared vision for the future which will enhance learning, health and hauora/wellbeing for all students.
Staff also work to improve the health and well being of the local Māori community through strengthening the Māori focus in health promoting schools, and also works collaboratively with health promoting school providers, the health education and social welfare sectors, whānau and iwi Māori.
Having Smokefree schools and other education settings
Smokefree (SF) support is available to Early Education Centres, Te Kohanga Reo, Schools and the Tertiary sector. This support ranges from advice about legislative requirements through to implementation of policy/practices in your particular setting.
The overall goal of SF is to reduce youth starting smoking, protect our children/youth from the harm of second hand smoke as well as to encourage smokers to quit.
WAVE – Well-being and Vitality in Education
WAVE is a partnership between education settings and heath organisations in South Canterbury, working together to improve health and learning outcomes for children and young people.
The staff based in Timaru support, co- ordinate and enhance health promotion activities within education settings, ranging from Early Childhood through to Tertiary providers.
WAVE builds on the strengths of the Health Promoting Schools framework and incorporates the “Whole of Setting” approach.
The aims of WAVE are to:
- Support young people and their families in developing healthy behaviours
- Support the development of sustainable approaches to promote the health and well-being of staff and students
- Help raise pupil achievement in education
- Work in collaboration with key partners and community groups to meet the needs of the settings
- Reduce health inequalities
- Support Māori cultural values and practices for improved outcomes for tamariki/children, rangatahi/youth and their whānau/family.
Contact your local office for more information:
HEALTH PROMOTING SCHOOLS
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6125
Ph: +64 3 307 6902
Fax: +64 3 307 6904
Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Fax: +64 3 688 6091
Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Fax: +64 3 768 1169
Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Fax: +64 3 688 6091
Remember the Two Week Pool Rule
Personal hygiene like hand washing and showering is important to remember at swimming pools, and especially if your students have had been sick.
Anyone who has had diarrhoea should not use the pool or be involved in water activities for at least two weeks after they have recovered.
Parents should also know about the two week rule.