Seath Holswich: State Government put iconic giraffe on endangered species list
Harold the Giraffe is in danger of becoming an endangered species, putting at risk the health of a generation of children, Independent Candidate for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said today.
“Life Education Queensland’s schools program is under threat with the State Government cutting program content and threatening to put Life Education out of the market.”
Queensland Health currently provide Life Education Queensland with $1.5 million funding annually, with the current agreement set to expire on 30th June 2018.
“I have been advised that rather than provide any further grants to Life Education Queensland, Queensland Health have decided to put these services out to tender.”
“This comes on top of some serious restrictions that have been imposed on Life Education Queensland under this Labor State Government.”
“Alarmingly, I understand Life Education are no longer permitted to provide sexual health education or cyber safety education to Queensland school students.”
“In an age when these issues are becoming increasingly important, you have to question why these elements of a long-term successful program would be cut?”
Mr Holswich also understands Life Education Queensland have been advised to only target schools with an index of community socio-educational advantage (ICSEA) score less than 900.
“If the State Government are assuming health and social issues only occur in low socio-economic areas, they are ignorant to the reality that the same issues can impact all communities across Queensland – regardless of their perceived level of disadvantage.”
“This is a please explain to the Minister for Health – why is this important program being marginalized in a time when it is needed more than ever?”
“The Minister needs to move immediately to secure Life Education Queensland’s funding to ensure all Queensland students continue to have access to all elements of this important health education program, including sexual health and cyber safety.”
Life Education have been providing health education to students for over 35 years. In Queensland last year 214,000 school students participated in the program. Demand for Life Education’s programs have doubled in the past five years.