Championing health promoting schools: a secondary school case study from Victoria, Australia

Meiklejohn, Sarah, Peeters, Anna and Palermo, Claire 2020, Championing health promoting schools: a secondary school case study from Victoria, Australia, Health education journal, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1177/0017896920961121.

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Title Championing health promoting schools: a secondary school case study from Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Meiklejohn, Sarah
Peeters, AnnaORCID iD for Peeters, Anna orcid.org/0000-0003-4340-9132
Palermo, Claire
Journal name Health education journal
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020-09-26
ISSN 0017-8969
1748-8176
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Education & Educational Research
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Case study
health promoting schools
school health promotion
secondary school
whole-of-school approach
Summary Objective: School-based prevention interventions informed by the World Health Organization Health Promoting School (HPS) framework aim to improve the health and wellbeing of school-aged children, yet few studies describe factors influencing the successful implementation of this framework in secondary schools. This study sought to explore why and how secondary schools might implement the HPS framework and factors contributing to success. Design: Qualitative case study. Setting: A single secondary school in Victoria, Australia, purposefully selected due to local recognition of an HPS policy. Method: Data collection included semi-structured interviews, document retrieval, drawings and ethnographic observation. Data were analysed using framework analysis. Results: The school had elected to implement the policy as it aligned with its existing health and wellbeing policy framework and provided a flexible yet evidence-based framework to guide a whole-of-school approach to promoting health and wellbeing. Success was perceived to be dependent on selecting easier health priority areas to address initially, the allocation of a designated team to guide policy implementation and access to a skilled health promotion worker to assist implementation. Conclusion: Study findings highlight potential reasons why and how secondary schools might implement the HPS framework and factors contributing to success. Further research is warranted to enhance the transferability of these findings and explore the impact of the HPS framework in secondary schools.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0017896920961121
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1117 Public Health and Health Services
1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30144117

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