Founded in 2020, the not for profit Australasian School Based Health Alliance is an off-shoot of the School Based Health Alliance in the United States of America. We are an expert voice for school-based health care and health promotion in Australia and New Zealand.
We advocate for health equity for children & young people, for school based health service investment and for a health promoting schools approach at a local, regional, state and federal level.
As academics, we share resources about best practice approaches and share knowledge about implementation, monitoring and quality improvement.
As researchers we review the evidence to better understand what is working and why and seek to develop evaluation frameworks and outcomes measures.
As practitioners we facilitate peer support through the sharing of high-quality resources, teaching and learning activities and network connections.
ASBHA members with their distinct expertise, knowledge, and experiences, play a vital role at the intersection of education and health care and health promotion. By supporting and empowering them, we are redefining health for kids and teens.
- We connect our sector to a national community of peers that shares their values, values their model, and unifies their voice for greater impact.
- We support our field with common standards, measures, data, and research to effectively demonstrate their value.
- We directly engage our members in experiential and collaborative learning to lead, test, and spread innovations in our field.
- We help young people take ownership of their health.
- We advocate at federal, state, and local levels for the concept of health and education partnerships to achieve student educational attainment and health and wellbeing outcomes.
All children and adolescents deserve to thrive, but too many struggle because they lack health literacy and access to health care services. Health promotion and school-based health care are integral parts of the solution. When health and education come together, great things happen - attendance improves, conditions like asthma or diabetes are better managed, and emotional and behavioral health issues get quick, expert attention. Academic outcomes improve, and health and well-being likewise improve. Its win-win!