Term 1, Feb 2018
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Spring into 2018!
 
Welcome to the new school year, and to our new-look Link Healthy Schools Newsletter. In 2018 we will continue to bring you news, information, resources and training opportunities around health and welbeing.

Wishing you a wonderful and healthy start to 2018!
Keeping Kids Smiling
In 2018, the Link HC dental van will be visiting secondary schools too!
In 2017, the Keeping Kids Smiling Program was awarded the Oral Public Healthcare Project of the Year award from Dental Health Services Victoria, for its innovative approach to overcoming dental health barriers among children. Statistics show that 40% of children experience tooth decay. This program aims to prevent dental problems early on, by encouraging children to develop the skills and knowledge to maintain healthy teeth. More
Helping Schools Build Respectful Relationships
The Respectful Relationships Initiative is now being implemented across schools in Monash - and Link HC is here to help
Link Health and Community is committed to gender equality and zero tolerance for violence against women and children. As part of this commitment, Link HC is offering support to schools in the Respectful Relationships initiative in Monash. Link HC has: experience in responding to family violence; numerous supports that schools can access; and experience in creating an organisational culture that supports gender equity. Future editions of the Healthy Schools Network newsletter will provide useful information for schools and their communities around creating settings where everyone is respected and treated equally.

To learn more, contact Carolyn Poljski on 9564 2861 or cpoljski@linkhc.org.au
DID YOU KNOW?

Link HC services are available to EVERYONE
- not only families who live within the City of Monash.
MISSION AUSTRALIA YOUTH SURVEY 2017
In 2017, for the first time in the survey’s history, young people identified mental health as the most important issue in Australia today. Concerns about mental health have doubled since 2015 and tripled since 2011. Other top issues of national concern included alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination.

Young people continue to nominate coping with stress, school or study problems and body image as their top three issues of personal concern. This has remained consistent over the past 5 years.

EXPLORE RESULTS
Learn about Link HC's programs and services for children and youth
Through the Link Health and Community public dental program, children aged 0-17 who have a health care card are eligible for treatment at no cost. Children aged 0-12 without a health care card are eligible for dental treatment at $33 per visit (capped at $132 per family.)

Learn more about our public dental program

Check out the latest Link Health and Community quarterly magazine (summer). 

Read our latest quarterly mag
Tips, tools and training
  • Pack a healthy lunchbox - stress free! WEBINAR
  • Nature play in the early years of primary school SEMINAR
  • Translated health information - summer safety RESOURCES
Articles and information for your staff, teachers, students and their families
  • Schools reach crisis point with sharp increase in depression, anxiety ARTICLE
  • The great breakfast debate ARTICLE
  • A parent's guide to why teens make bad decisions ARTICLE
  • $100 million boost for school mental health centres ARTICLE
  • 'Part-time parenting' can benefit kids while liberating mums and dads ARTICLE
Local news and events to share with your kids and their families
For more information, please contact:
Louisa Mitchell (Health Promotion Officer)
t: 9564 6128 | e: lmitchell@linkhc.org.au

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 3394
Wheelers Hill, Vic 3150

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