End of Year Wrap Up: 2014

The importance of the work we do is as relevant today as it has ever been. Our community faces challenges such as an ‘ice epidemic’ in rural and regional areas, widespread chronic alcohol abuse and, soaring rates of overweight and obesity. All of these challenges put the Hunter at the forefront of lifestyle related illness and disease and limit the capacity of those impacted to live to their full potential.

The health and well-being of our community is not a matter of luck. It is not a chance or random event. It must be a planned outcome. The case for well-designed, well-resourced, and sustained preventive health education for young people is compelling.

A number of initiates were launched by Life Education at a national level during 2014. They aim to maintain our high standard of educational excellence and include the redevelopment of our smoking module – On the Case. It is a fresh and engaging program which empowers upper primary school students to make informed choices about tobacco smoking. Learn more about On The Case.

There is a great deal of interest from schools in relation to our cybersafety module, bCyberwise.  This module addresses the challenges our children face online by helping them develop their capacity for online experiences that are safe as well as positive and constructive.

We consistently receive overwhelmingly positive feedback about our programs from schools that indicate they value both the educational sessions we deliver to their students, as well as the support we provide teachers.  Life Education Australia recently formalised this feedback by releasing the results of an independent evaluation which demonstrates our program’s effectiveness in building in students the knowledge, attitudes, strategies and skills they need to make safer and healthier choices. A copy of the outcomes of the research which was overseen and compiled by independent consultant, Regina Hill, can be found online here.

Hunter Life Education is fully funded by the community. It is only through partnership with community organisations and businesses that we can make our preventative education programs available to children in the Hunter. In 2014 the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation made a significant contribution to our capacity to visit children in the Hunter by funding a new mobile classroom (Learn more about our new van here). BHP Mount Arthur Coal also renewed their support for the delivery of Life Education in Muswellbrook and the Upper Hunter (learn more about our work with BHP Mount Arthur Coal here).

But you don’t have to be a big businesses to make a difference in your local community through Hunter Life Education. If endlessly striving for standards of excellence and a commitment to helping people reach their potential are values that you share with us then supporting Hunter Life Education is a great way to promote your organisation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly to find out more about how you can get involved.

Sally Coddington
Executive Officer
E: scoddington@lifeeducation.org.au
P: 02 4958 6766

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