Health and Lifestyle Expo 2016
The inaugural Darwin High School Health and Lifestyle Expo was held on Monday 30 May. In total 56 community organisations attended the expo to promote the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle, and to raise awareness of the key issues that can impact young people in the NT.
Staff and students interacted with experts in the health and wellbeing industry and participated in fun activities, including blood pressure testing, heart ultrasounds, viewing materials under microscopes and operating smokelysers.
Darwin High School Principal, Mr Read said support for the health and wellbeing of young people is a key focus for the school.
“The physical and mental health of our students has a major impact on their academic achievement, particularly as they enter their final years of schooling,” Mr Read said.
Feedback from students, staff and the community organisations was overwhelmingly positive:
“Thanks for the amazing expo, it was a great experience and I learnt many things that will give me good life experience. I also learnt a lot about the community and what is being done to help it. I enjoyed the drink and drive stall when you had to throw the ball into and hole to win a mini football.” Harry, Year 11 student
“The expo was fun and I loved asking the experts questions. There were a lot of people to talk to, everyone was having fun and they gave out free stuff!” Jasmine, Year 11 student
“That expo was brilliant, it taught me so much! I learnt about the human body, safe sex and the effects of alcohol. I hope they come back so I can learn more” Jamie, Year 10 student.
“Thank you so much for having us, it was a wonderful event and we look forward to next year if you are considering running this event again.” Kelly-Anne, Expo presenter.
“The expo was beneficial to some of my stage 2 Child Studies students who needed to collect primary data for their external investigation. They were able to speak with some of the nurses and staff from Danilla Dilba, as well as the drug and alcohol people, and collect some information towards their research.” Sevasti Redwood, Stage 2 Child Studies teacher.
Thank you to the following organisations for volunteering their time to participate in the event and to the Office of Youth Affairs for providing financial assistance to make the expo possible.
|Primary Health Network – NT (Closing the Gap)
|Alcohol and Other drugs DoH
|DHS Interact Club
|Road Safety NT
|Family Planning NT
|Royal Life Saving Society NT Branch
|Flinders NT Medical Program
|Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Sexual Violence
|Asthma Foundation of NT
|Shout Out: Youth Mental Health
|Heart Foundation NT
|Melaleuca Refugee Centre
|St John Ambulance
|Menzies Health Lab
|St Vincent de Paul
|Casuarina Community Care
|Top End Pharmacy Student Association
|Centre for Disease Control
|MyNT Multicultural Youth NT
|UN Youth NT
|Chief Nursing and Midwifery DoH
|Northern Territory Electoral Commission
|Y Change (Anglicare)
|NT Aids and Hepatitis Council
|NT Legal Aid Commission
|YMCA of the Top End
|Daisy House – Catholic Care
|Office of Youth Affairs
|Oral Health Services DoH
|Darwin Bushwalking Club
|Darwin City Libraries
|Police - Mounted
Congratulations to the Darwin High Wellbeing Committee for organising such a successful event