CHAT (Changing Health Acting Together)
CHAT (Changing Health Acting Together) is an award winning whole school approach initiative that 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 is underpinned by the Principles for School Drug Education and the Health Promoting Schools Framework. There are a number of 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.
Here's how to become a CHAT school.
You can also download CHAT resources.
Take a look at the CHAT Self-assessment tool. This is an online tool for CHAT schools only.