Senator Fiona Nash, the Australian Government’s Assistant Minister for Health, visited Young Public School earlier this week to see the Life Education program in action.
The Minister observed the delivery of our recently redeveloped smoking module, called On the Case, to a Year 5 class.
Afterwards in discussions with the Minister she shared the following feedback with us.
‘I was particularly impressed by the engagement of the children in this vital education. They were genuinely immersed in what is quite a unique learning experience. Life Education is to be congratulated for the valuable work they do, right across Australia, in supporting so many of our children to develop the critical capacities needed to be making safer and healthier choices. ‘
Smoking is a case in point. Smoking kills an estimated 15,000 Australians and costs us $31.5 billion in social and economic costs every year. Education such as that provided by Life Education is a vital measure aimed at reducing smoking. And we are. Daily smoking rates in Australia are at an all-time low of 12.8% (of persons 14 years and over) because of measures such as these.’
Our thanks go to the Minister for taking the opportunity to learn more about our work, as well as the staff and students of the Young Public School for hosting this visit.