Students from the University of Melbourne have been granted funds from the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Student Engagement) under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) to establish CHASE. These students will act as mentors to engage secondary students in an interactive preventative health curriculum. Through a positive mentoring model, students are then encouraged to design and implement creative solutions to health issues facing their community.
Working with secondary schools in Melbourne’s West, the CHASE team is hoping to improve student’s health literacy, facilitate community engagement and improve access to tertiary education.
In partnership with local community organisations, the CHASE model of mentoring will evolve in response to community needs.