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25 June 2019
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Jean Hailes helping indigenous girls to reach for the stars

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is pleased to announce a community partnership with the Stars Foundation for Women’s Health Week.

The Stars Foundation was established in 2015 in the Northern Territory to provide evidence-based mentoring support programs to Indigenous girls and young women. Since then, the program has expanded to include schools in Queensland and Victoria and is improving the health and education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait young women.

“Evidence shows that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young women face significant challenges as a result of a range of complex factors, including dispossession, racism, and the impact of intergenerational trauma and are more likely to experience poorer health and education outcomes than non-indigenous young women,” says Andrea Goddard, Stars Founder and CEO.

“Our program is based on research in education and public health that shows how crucial the experiences of early adolescence are in promoting engagement with learning and enhancing personal wellbeing.”

The Stars program is underpinned by the Stars Plan, which focuses on four key areas of personal development:

  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Wellbeing
  • Community, culture and leadership
  • Education, training and employment

“These four pillars are fundamental to building genuine, culturally appropriate engagement and in supporting Indigenous young women to make active choices to realise their full potential,” says Ms Goddard.

“A good education lays the foundation for success in life and achieving a higher level of education is one of the factors most likely to reduce Indigenous disadvantage in Australia,” says Ms Goddard.

Stars Foundation’s programs are actively contributing to closing the gap on a range of important outcomes, including Year 12 completion and successful transitions from secondary school into employment or further education. In 2018, 97 per cent of senior Stars students completed Year 12 and over 90 per cent of graduates from 2016 and 2017 remained in employment or further education at the end of 2018.

“There is need for a greater focus on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls,” says David Lloyd, CEO of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. “We are delighted to start working with the Stars Foundation in providing ongoing support and education to young women at a time in their lives where it can make a real difference to their future health outcomes.”

“Through our annual Women’s Health Week campaign, Jean Hailes will work with Stars Foundation mentors in schools by providing support and resources to help engage and educate young women on their health and wellbeing,” says Mr Lloyd.

About Women's Health Week

The annual health awareness campaign, Women’s Health Week (2-6 September), is dedicated to improving the health of all women in Australia. Jean Hailes provides valuable health and wellbeing information and tips to women nationally via our website, eDMs, podcasts, information packs, videos and events. In 2018 more than 85,000 women participated in the week with more than 2100 events across the country from Esperance to the Tiwi Islands, and 47,000+ receiving online health content.

For media

For more information on Women’s Health Week please contact Caroline Cottrill on 0438 257 246 or caroline.cottrill@jeanhailes.org.au

For more information on Stars Foundation please contact Jo McMillan at jmcmillan@starsfoundation.org.au or visit www.starsfoundation.org.au