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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 2071..


Work has begun on the development of a student engagement framework for ACT public schools to guide the provision of education for students who are at risk of disengaging, or who have already disengaged from school. A part of that framework will draw on the intentions of full service schools to promote collaboration between schools and community stakeholders and the integration of government and community agencies to better meet the needs of students.

Healthy young people feasibility study

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a question by Ms Bresnan and supplementary questions by Ms Bresnan, Ms Le Couteur and Ms Hunter on Thursday, 22 March 2012): The Feasibility Report was finalised in January 2012. This final report is available on the Health Directorate website (see below).

Since January, a number of steps have been undertaken to progress the Government Response to the Recommendations:

The Ministers of Education and Training, Community Services, and also Environment and Sustainable Development were provided with a copy of the report as these Directorates will have responsibility for a number of the recommendations.

Discussion has taken place with the wider Health Directorate; Education and Training, Community Services, and Environment and Sustainable Development Directorates regarding the Governance arrangements. The Child Youth Health Reference Group will provide the Governance mechanism to manage the recommendations.

The Health Directorate (Population Health Division) has progressed a number of the recommendations for which they are the lead agency, namely:

o Established a strong relationship between the ACT Government Health Directorate and the Education and Training Directorate to strengthen the partnership approach to health promotion and the delivery of evidence-based health education in schools.

o Youth Engagement Events (The Preliminary Report for ACT Healthy Young People Feasibility Study recommends the implementation of a Youth Assembly in 2012. Provision has been made through the Healthy Kids Healthy Future Budget Initiative to support the implementation of this.) There are two high quality events of a similar nature in the ACT:

1) Youth InterACT Conference held on 13 April 2012. The young people selected "Healthy Lifestyle"as one of the headline forum topics for the day. The Health Directorate's Health Promotion Branch (HPB) provided support with the delivery of this forum; and


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