Working paper

Healthy school-age kids (HSAK) program

Public health Indigenous health Schools Australia Northern Territory

The Healthy School-Age Kids (HSAK) program is a joint initiative of the Department of Health and Community Services and the Department of Employment, Education and Training and it works within the health promoting school model. It recognises the need for schools, health services, families and communities to work in partnership.
Its aim is to improve the health, well-being and learning outcomes of school-age children living in remote communities of the Northern Territory. This can be achieved by health and education staff working together with children, families and community for health promotion, education and provision of health services.
The program components:
health promotion in the school and community setting
integration of other services and programs for school-age children
health checks (screening).
This manual is for:
nurses, aboriginal health workers and doctors in remote communities
school teachers and support staff in remote communities
visiting health and education staff to remote communities
community members of remote areas.
A video Healthy School-Age Kids “Working Together” accompanies this manual and demonstrates how to carry out health checks.

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