Page 1578 - Week 05 - Thursday, 7 April 2005

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and the people of Narrabundah. The health promotion room is a welcoming place where families can use the internet, have a cup of tea, or have a chat with the intake worker or the doctor on roster, all while picking up useful health information.

The facility is able to meet the needs of the community. Health services at Kootara Well are well used by parents, students, local residents and students from Narrabundah College. The variety and flexible delivery of services at Kootara Well is an invaluable resource and allows Narrabundah primary school to work with partner agencies to quickly identify and address health issues in the student population.

Kootara Well is a partnership of agencies between Narrabundah primary school, schools as communities, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal health services, ACT Community Care and Marymead. It is an excellent example of the ways in which our schools, working in partnership with other agencies, contribute to the long-term development and success of their students and the community as a whole.

The success of Kootara Well depends on the generosity and dedication of those involved—people like Dr Peter Sharp, senior medical director at Winnunga, who has been providing his services every Tuesday morning for many years. This year’s Kootara Well promotion was launched by Professor Michael Sawyer, director of the research and evaluation unit at the children and adolescent mental health service of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.

I would like to thank and congratulate all those involved, particularly Trish Keller, the principal of Narrabundah primary school, who has been a driving force behind enhancing services for the community involved in Narrabundah primary school. I would like to congratulate them for their ongoing work and their commitment to the students at Narrabundah primary school.

I would also like to congratulate Ms Dianne Bradford, the career adviser at Erindale College, for her significant achievement in being awarded a $5,000 school career adviser scholarship for academic study. Ms Bradford is one of 54 school career advisers around Australia who have been awarded an Australian government scholarship to undergo either further professional development and study or an industry placement. She is the current president of the ACT Career Education Association.

Ms Bradford is very active in helping to organise the annual careers advisory service, which is a free four-day service, held in the January school holidays, for school leavers and mature aged workers seeking career advice. She will be undertaking a PhD through Edith Cowan University and will be looking at what variables impinge on students’ career development plans.

We recognise that, in assisting students to find the best pathway for their transition from school to work, quality career guidance is critical to their futures. In the 2003-04 budget we provided more than $1.8 million over four years for a career education support service for government and non-government schools. This initiative aims to assist schools to give effective guidance to students choosing a pathway to work, further study or training.

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