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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin Alcohol and other drugs knowledge centre Yarning Places

Fresh chance for battling kids

Date posted: 4 July 2014

About 85% of the 250 students at South Hedland Primary School are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and many face health challenges that affect their ability to succeed at school and in life.

Common problems such as glue ear (otitis media) can have devastating impacts on speech and hearing without early detection and treatment, while poor nutrition and unstable home lives contribute to behavioural issues.

Today, the Government will open the first of it's promised 16 parent and child centres at primary schools in disadvantaged areas, providing parenting classes, play groups and health checks for vulnerable children. 

Stephen Zubrick, a principal senior research fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute, said the centres were building on years of hard work by school principals, teachers and community health professionals to identify the best ways of ensuring children start school with the skills they need to get the most from their education.

Source: The West Australian


Last updated: 4 July 2014
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