The South Coast Prevention Team work together with schools across Bass Coast and South Gippsland to create healthier environments for students, staff and the wider community. Using a whole of service approach to health enables long-term changes to be supported in schools. If you have an idea to improve the health of your school and would like the support of our team to achieve it please contact us.

The Healthy Schools Achievement Program

The Achievement Program is a health and wellbeing framework that helps to create healthier environments in Victorian schools for their students, staff and families. It is centred around seven key health areas, which include:
• Healthy Eating and Oral Health
• Physical Activity and Movement
• Mental Health and Wellbeing
• Sun Protection
• Safe Environments
• Smoking, Vaping, Alcohol and Other Drugs
• Sexual Health and Wellbeing

Who is eligible to participate?

All schools in Victoria are eligible to participate. The program is free.

What are the benefits of participating?

• Alignment to key policies and guidelines including the Victorian Curriculum and the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes
• Access to an online portal containing resources, tools and information to work through our program health areas
• Support from a health promotion professional
• Celebration of your school in local media
• Victorian Government recognition as a Healthy School.

To learn more about the Achievement Program click here.

Vic Kids Eat Well

Vic Kids Eat Well initiative is an exciting new state-wide movement that’s focused on boosting healthy food and drink options in the places children spend their time, including schools, outside school hours care, sports clubs, recreation facilities and council operated facilities. By harnessing the power of community and taking these simple steps together, we can create change to give all kids across Victoria the healthy start they deserve.

Who is eligible to participate?

All schools and OHSC in Victoria are eligible to participate. The program is free.

What are the benefits of participating?

• Implement simple changes and healthy swaps that support students to learn and thrive
• Receive tailored one-on-one support from a local Health Promoter.
• Be rewarded for every small bite you complete!
• Receive recognition for creating a healthy school environment.

To learn more about Vic Kids Eat Well click here.

Vaping Prevention in Secondary Schools initiative

The South Coast Prevention Team work with secondary schools in Bass Coast and South Gippsland to deliver a whole of school approach to prevent vaping.

The initiative contains two key elements:
Student Workshops, focusing on marketing tactics used by e-cigarette companies to target young people, the health impacts of vaping, encouraging students to develop ways to ‘say no’, and raising awareness of support services
Prevention Toolkit for Secondary Schools, which supports the application of a whole of school approach to vaping. This includes policy review, display of ‘no smoking or vaping’ signs, resources for parents and carers, and vaping prevention education across the school curriculum.

You may find these resources useful:
Vaping Support for young people
Talking to your Teen about vaping a conversation guide for parents, developed by VicHealth and The Behaviour Change Collaborative, can help you have a meaningful, non-threatening conversation with your teen about vaping.
Seeing Through the Haze is a free teaching resource from Quit Victoria to equip students with the critical thinking skills to create change for a vape and smoke free future.

School Newsletters

The South Coast Prevention Team create a newsletter to support schools in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires. The newsletters are filled with ideas and resources to help improve the health and wellbeing of students, staff and families.

Subscribe here.

Tap Water Every Day social marketing campaign was co-designed with students from Wonthaggi Secondary College, Leongatha Secondary College, Korumburra Secondary College, South Gippsland Secondary College and South Gippsland Specialist School. Teenage males worked together with the South Coast Prevention Team from start to finish to understand the issue and to ensure the campaign was relevant to them and their peers. The key messages of the campaign, the communication channels used and the settings targeted were all developed in partnership with teenage males. Click here to find out more.