The Prevention Education and Research Unit (PERU), has been at the forefront of preventative health innovation and research in Western Sydney for over two decades.
Our objectives are to:
Our prevention programs in healthy lifestyle, asthma and smoking cessation in secondary schools continue to show results in western Sydney and other suburbs or locations through partnerships with a range of services and organisations.
Students As LifeStyle Activists (SALSA) is an innovative, award winning, peer education program, driven by students, to promote physical activity and healthy eating in a supportive environment. As a result of participating in the SALSA Program a higher amount of western Sydney teens are now eating fruit and vegetables, having regular breakfast, exercising more and consuming fewer sugary drinks. The SALSA project is a partnership between WSLHD, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Hills Medical Practitioners Associations, High Schools, The University of Sydney and WentWest.
Adolescent Asthma Action (Triple A) is the world’s first evidence-based peer-led asthma education program to improve the health and wellbeing of students with asthma. By using an innovative student-centered approach, students are the drivers of both the teaching and learning processes. Triple A program has shown to:
Improve asthma self-management in adolescents
Promote the resilience of high school students to resist peer pressure to smoke.
Enable adolescents to promote smoke free environments.
Improve the educational outcomes of high school students.
Walking into Good Health: Tobacco smoking still remains the greatest single cause of premature death in NSW. The past decade has seen a decrease in daily smoking rates, however in western Sydney a substantial number of people continue to smoke. Walking into Good Health” is a collaborative project between WSLHD, CHW, Chifley College, CMRC, Cancer Institute and WentWest. The concept was inspired by the students from Mount Druitt Chifley College, who designed a mural to improve the health and wellbeing of students with asthma and prevent the uptake of smoking. In 2019, we will train general practitioners and pharmacists to offer brief smoking cessation counselling, so that patients and clients are encouraged and supported to quit smoking as part of routine care. We will distribute the postcards and posters from the original artwork, with resources provided by the Cancer Institute and Kids Quit to distribute to GPs and Pharmacists and will evaluate its impact.