Health Promotion Forum raises awareness about important health issues

Notre Dame student Lara Middleton (centre) with classmates
Cameron McRae (left) and Ryan Vermeersch (right).

17 April 2015

Students studying the Population Approaches to Health Promotion unit at The University of Notre Dame Australia ran a Health Forum on Wednesday 15 April 2015 to raise awareness about important issues, such as sun care, excess drinking and drug use.

"The Health Forum is about young people getting together and creating a message for other young people to take home with them, making it relevant while educating them about health," Lara Middleton, third year Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management student, said.

The Forum is an annual practical assessment that forms part of their undergraduate degree with the aim to increase knowledge about health issues which are relevant to the university student community and raise funds for a health-related charity. This year all funds raised at the Forum will be donated to CanTeen, an organisation that provides support and services to young people affected by cancer.

"This Forum provides students with excellent hands-on experience working as a team to plan, implement and evaluate a health promotion event. It assists the students to understand the importance of formative research and understanding how to reach the intended audience," Michelle Lambert, Lecturer and Practicum Coordinator of Preventive Health at Notre Dame's School of Health Sciences, Fremantle, said.

"Students gain experience in group coordination, key message formation, promotions and marketing, event planning, fundraising and resource development."

The Population Approaches to Health Promotion unit of study is one of four key health promotion units offered in the Bachelor of Preventive Health program. The three-year degree focuses on teaching students how to promote individual and community health and wellbeing. Students develop a clear understanding of how social and other health determinants influence the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

Health Promotion units can be studied as part of other related degrees such as Sport and Recreation Management and Marketing through Notre Dame's School of Business.

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