Souths Cares is scheduled to deliver a suite of health and education programs to students from regional and remote locations across Australia without leaving Sydney.

During October school students will be able to access Oral Health, Dream Believe Achieve (DBA), and Tackling Bully learning modules using the National Rugby League’s (NRL) video conference technology.

Brock Schaefer, Souths Cares General Manager, said that the new delivery approach is not only about making a range of educational and heath sessions more accessible to educators, but about providing them in a way that is less disruptive to regular school programing.

“The benefit of using video conferencing technology is that educators and students can participate in the sessions without leaving their classroom,” Brock said.

“The six individual health and educational sessions on offer are aimed at a range of Key Learning Areas, including; Oral Health for Early Stage to Stage 3, Tackling Bullying for Stage 2 and Stage 3; and DBA for Stage 5 and 6."

The Oral Health program informs students on good oral hygiene practices as well as health, wellbeing and nutrition.

Tackling Bullying assists students learn positive ways to respond to bullying where both victims and bystanders will feel empowered to act.

Older students will learn about the importance of having a dream, strategies for setting goals and ways to overcome setbacks and be more resilient through the DBA session.

All sessions will be delivered by respected Indigenous community member, former NRL player and Souths Cares Ambassador, Beau Champion, with the assistance of a qualified teacher from the NRL.

“Because of our partnership with the NRL’s Learning with League Centre, the sessions are offered free to schools via DART Connections,” Brock concluded.

All schools wishing to access the program should click on this link to view session dates and times:

Souths Cares would like to acknowledge and thank the following organisations for their ongoing support of their programs: National Rugby League, the NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy, Colgate and the University of Sydney’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.