Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Edith Cowan University (ECU) has developed a resource to help support community health nurses working in schools to promote healthy lifestyles to students.
The Community Partnerships Tool Box is the result of collaboration by ECU's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine, the Office of the Chief Nurse and the Department of Health WA.
The Tool Box aims to develop a nursing workforce with a focus on health promotion and building community-wide capacity and resilience, recognising the critical role community health nurses play in the health industry.
According to Professor Cobie Rudd, Head of ECU's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine, community health nurses are well placed to influence health-related behaviour in the community.
"Community health nurses, particularly those in a school environment, have a huge impact on the adoption of healthy practices by young people," Professor Rudd said.
"In light of alarming figures of childhood obesity, it is crucial they are supported in this role".
ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said he was pleased to see ECU's nursing expertise being put to good use in the community.
"Collaborative projects such as the Community Partnerships Tool Box allow ECU's researchers to share their knowledge and experiences with the local community, ultimately contributing an improved quality of life for Australians."
Developed through close consultation with experienced community health nurses, the Tool Box includes 'real life' illustrations, tips, scenarios and case studies to help community health nurses deal with the many challenges of their work.
The Tool Box is being piloted in high schools across Western Australia for 12 months from July 2008 and will be launched at the Community and Adolescent Community Health Showcase at the Novotel Vines Resort on 28 August 2008.
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