Local students create masterpiece for Mount Druitt Hospital

17 Feb 2017

Aboriginal students from Mount Druitt’s Chifley College, in collaboration with Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and Triple A (Adolescent Asthma Action) program, have unveiled an Aboriginal mural, entitled Smoking is not our Culture, at Mount Druitt Hospital, as part of the schools’ Walking into Good Health project.

Local Students create masterpiece for Mount Druitt hospital

The concept was inspired by the students’ and the school’s Aboriginal education officers desire to encourage people to butt-out, and to communicate the dangers of smoking to the Aboriginal community.

The eye-catching mural has been unveiled and permanently on display at Mount Druitt Hospital. The design features a profile of the human body, with emphasis on the lungs, with the message “Don’t let your future go up in smoke”.

WSLHD Primary Health Care Education and Research Unit (PERU) director and Triple A Asthma school program founder Associate Professor Smita Shah said the students were passionate about the project.

“The hospital is the ideal location because that is where most of their friends and family members go if they need medical care,” she said.

“The Triple A Asthma school program is a free, internationally acclaimed peer education program that improves asthma self-management and smoking resilience in young people.”

Chifley College principal Janet Harding said the students wanted to contribute to the health and well-being of their community.

“The message we want to promote is good health in good hands.  This program is the work of our students who are doing this to promote the important message about the dangers of smoking throughout the school community and beyond,” she said.

For more information on the Triple A Asthma school program, contact the WSLHD Primary Health Care Education and Research Unit on 8890 6505 or visit: https://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/vic/education-and-training/i-work-in-an-education-setting/school/school-programs/triple-a-school-program

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