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GHA workshop for senior teachers to promote physical and mental health in schools

The Gibraltar Health Authority and the Department of Education are today holding a Workshop for Senior Teachers, titled Training for Health.

These workshops have not been held for some years but have been much appreciated by those who attended in the past with all delegates at the workshop being sponsored by the Department of Education.

Minister for Education Gilbert Licudi said this was an example of how an interagency, multi-disciplinary approach to promoting physical and mental health in schools can help create the right sort of environment in which children can thrive and be happy.

Minister for Health Dr John Cortes spoke of the great deal of expertise there is in Gibraltar and within the GHA specifically, on a wide range of health issues as they affect children and adolescents.

“This is a great way for this expertise to be shared with educational experts with a view to improving the journey of children and young people through schools and the community,” he said.

The workshop will be held today at St. Bernard’s Hospital and aims to bring senior teachers up to date with knowledge and advice on everyday health matters, which they are likely to encounter while working in the school environment.

A government statement said the content had been designed to cover as many subject areas as possible. These will include diverse topics like Healthy Eating, Diabetes, Infections, Allergies, Asthma, HIV, Epilepsy, Drugs, Addictions, Sexual Health and Mental Health.

The sessions are being delivered predominantly by GHA staff who have particular experience and knowledge in the subject, with support also from the Drug rehabilitation Service.