How We Help


Hunter Life Education is a community-based, independent organisation working in partnership with schools, community organisations and the Hunter business community to raise funds to ensure Life Education programs are delivered to children of the Hunter region. Each year we deliver the Life Education message to over 30,000 children in Newcastle and the Hunter Region.

Research shows that education is the best first line of defence.

With the help of Healthy Harold and our Life Education educators we build resilience in young people by challenging their values and attitudes, expanding their knowledge and developing their skills. We motivate, encourage and empower them to exercise real choice – and make informed healthy lifestyle decisions.

More specifically, Life Education programs assist children and young people to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Help children build AWARENESS of topics and issues related to healthy lifestyles and wellbeing (e.g. alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, diet and exercise, cyber safety etc…)
  •  Encourage REFLECTION on how these issues affect children
  • Provide children with the information and KNOWLEDGE that they need to understand and respond to issues of concern
  • Help children to identify and develop STRATEGIES to respond to issues and
  • Help children to develop the SKILLS and confidence they need to apply these strategies.

We see young people as active agents in, rather than passive recipients of, Life Education. We want young people to be able to draw from their own strengths – their capability – in making reasoned, well informed decisions about themselves and their own wellbeing.

Hunter Life Education has a reputation for innovation, striving for standards of excellence, and developing in children self-esteem, effective communication skills and decision making abilities that will now and in the future enable them to make healthy life choices. The effectiveness of positive health messages is enhanced when the message is reinforced over time, across curriculum and within the home and community. Our vision is to ensure every child in the Hunter has the skills and knowledge to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Life Education sessions are designed to be age specific and sequential, delivered year on year.

Preschool Program

The Life Education early childhood program focuses on the health and wellbeing of pre-school age children.

The program comprises a 45 to 60 minute interactive session in a pre-school environment.

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Primary School Program

Life Education has been successfully supporting primary school drug and health education since 1979.

Life Education’s comprehensive programs have been specifically designed to assist schools achieve the outcomes of their state and territory curriculum.

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High School Program

‘Face the Facts’ is a secondary school drug education program which uses a harm minimisation approach to assist schools in implementing their drug education policy and initiatives which promote student well-being and connectedness.

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To book Life Education for your primary school contact Joan Cassar from Life Education NSW:

Phone: 02 9673 3222

Email: jcassar@lifeeducation.org.au