Project status: In Progress

How you had YourSay:

The Year 7 Health Check will be a new school-based program that will monitor risk factors for chronic diseases, such as overweight and obesity, and assess the emotional wellbeing of children in the ACT.

Thanks for sharing your feedback and ideas on the Year 7 Health Check.

From 27 February to 3 April 2019 we received email and questionnaire submissions from the community on the proposed structure of the Year 7 Health Check program, privacy and sensitivity issues, and things that matter to parents and members of the public.

We've now published a What We Heard report summarising your feedback.

We are looking at:

Year 7 marks the transition to secondary school and represents an important stage in a child’s development. The Year 7 Health Check will help us to identify the health needs of students early in the school setting. It will also help us to:

  • monitor risk factors for chronic disease in young people, such as overweight and obesity
  • assess emotional wellbeing
  • help connect young people with appropriate health services.

The proposed Year 7 Health Check will involve an assessment of:

  • healthy weight by measuring weight and height
  • emotional wellbeing and associated risk factors by undertaking an electronic survey.

Currently, the health of young people in the ACT is assessed using the ACT Physical Activity and Nutrition (ACTPANS) survey. It is anticipated that the Year 7 Health Check will replace the ACTPANS survey.

Your views are being used to:

All feedback received regarding the Year 7 Health Check is being considered by a group of key government and non-government stakeholders from the health, education and mental health sectors. Feedback will inform the final Year 7 Health Check program model, privacy and sensitivity considerations, and future health service design in the ACT.