Changing Health Acting Together

CHAT is SDERA'S award winning whole school approach initiative that 122 schools in Western Australia are currently implementing to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes for their school community. Best practice research indicates clearly that a whole school approach to any health related issue where schools, parents and communities work together can produce the best health outcomes

CHAT offers intensive, step-by-step support to develop a best practice whole-school approach to resilience, drug and road safety education. It provides opportunity to examine the broader, holistic notion of student wellbeing.  Consultancy advice, easy to use resources, professional learning and financial assistance are available as part of the program. The templates, action plans, surveys and other support materials are easy-to-use and are designed so schools can use them as they are or adapt them to meet their context and needs.

CHAT has been developed following research undertaken by SDERA through the Health Promoting Schools Project (2009) and in response to the findings from the KIT- Plus Research Project (2008-2010), a collaboration with the Child Health Promotion Research Centre. It is underpinned by the Principles for School Drug Education and the Health Promoting Schools Framework. There are 122 Western Australian schools currently involved in CHAT including both primary and secondary schools from metropolitan and regional locations.

Watch the short video, on the right hand side, to find out more about CHAT and how it can benefit your school community.

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