Health and community professionals
General practice, hospital and community health services play an essential role in helping to reduce or manage preventable ‘lifestyle’ health problems in Australia. As part of routine practice, health professionals hold a duty of care to clients to address their smoking, alcohol misuse, unhealthy eating and weight, and lack of physical activity (Harris et al, 2005).
The research shows that when health professionals involve their patients in decision making positive outcomes followed. Their “patients showed improved maintenance of healthy behaviour change, greater satisfaction, better adherence to medication, better physical and mental health, and fewer healthcare visits…” (Williams et al, 2000).
When health and community professionals take advantage of every opportunity to provide advice and support to all clients encouraging positive behaviour change, they are helping to improve the community’s overall health and wellbeing.
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It is well documented that schools play an important role in facilitating and supporting students to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. Schools can make important contributions to student health in a number of ways, for example by encouraging staff to develop and use their skills and motivation to become powerful role models for good health (NASBE, 2004).
Young people’s wellbeing is a reflection of how connected they feel to their family, school and community. Although family is vital to young people’s wellbeing, both the school and community setting play a significant role in developing a young persons’ mental and physical health, and overall wellbeing (Victorian Auditor-General’s Report, 2010).
Schools are in a key position to provide students with prevention based programs providing education and support to young people to achieve and improve their health, development and wellbeing. Through problem solving and decision making, students are empowered to make choices that can lead them to living a more productive and fulfilling life for years to come.
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