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Founder: Chair: Deputy Chair: Honorary Directors:

The Late Elizabeth Campbell AM, BSc, TNDC Lorraine Walker BA Dip Ed, Grad Cert RE Cheryl Hayman BCom, GAICD Phillip Cox FCPA, DipComm Rhonda Dunn FRCSA, MAICD Timothy Kitching BA, Dip Fin Planning, CCP, JP Michael Nelson BSc, PhD, MAICD Christine Van Toorn MCom (Hons), CPA, CISA

Vice Regal Patron:

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia Ambassadors: Peter Cousens, actor, singer, director, producer, film director Dr Tim Sharp, Chief Happiness Officer, The Happiness Institute Acknowledgement of Country Peer Support Australia acknowledges the ancestors and traditional custodians of the land on which our office stands and pay respect to Elders past and present. The Peer Support Foundation was registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 1983, following the early development and introduction of the Peer Support Program by Elizabeth Campbell in the 1970s. The Foundation is accepted by the Australian Taxation Office as a Public Benevolent Institution. The Peer Support Foundation has been trading as Peer Support Australia since September 2007. ABN: 40 002 634 853

contents 2.

The Need to Provide Support


Mission - Enhance Wellbeing


Evidence Base - The Need for Education


Highlights and Milestones


Message from the Chair


Message from the CEO


Our Program - Foundations


The Peer Support Program


Model for Implementation


Reach and Impact


Where We Are

17. Training 18.

Services to Member Schools


Resources for Schools


Connections with the Community


New Inititatives and Future Directions

26. Marketing 27.

New Education Module


Supporters and Partners

33. Ambassadors 34.

Member Schools


Governance - Our Board


Governance - Committees and Advisory Groups

42. Financials


The Need


The world today presents young people with an exciting array of opportunities to create rich and fulfilling lives. We’re living longer than ever before, we’re reaching higher levels of education and we can look forward to higher standards of living than past generations. Our lives have also seen an explosion in the use of digital technologies, where the tools for communication are many and varied. And yet, ironically one of the most significant challenges facing young

“Peer Support is based on the principle that at every level and in every age group in society people absorb information and values from each other. The information can be valuable or harmful. If Peer Support is used to transmit sound ideas, it can be a useful educational tool.” – The late Elizabeth Campbell AM

people in the twenty-first century is the ability to maintain a sense of deeper connectedness with each other and within our communities. Young people in Australia today have the highest incidence and prevalence of mental illness compared to any other age bracket (The Australian National Mental Health Survey 2011). And on an international scale, a large majority of the world’s youth are experiencing lower levels of wellbeing now than in previous years (The Global Youth Wellbeing Index, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, 2014).

The need to provide support to our young people is greater than ever before.

When dealing with mental health issues, evidence shows that young people are more likely to turn to their friends for guidance and support. Mission Australia’s 2014 Youth Mental Health Survey reports that 86% of young people turn to a friend for advice. The core problem, as identified by Peer Support founder Elizabeth Campbell more than 30 year ago, is that while young people are most likely to know more about their friends’ mental health, they are often poorly equipped to support each other during times of need. The Peer Support Program’s true value lies in its unique ability to create opportunities for authentic peer connections, laying the foundations for social and emotional learning that will carry them through their adult lives.


ABC TV ‘Behind The News’ – 2015 Happiness Survey:

20,000 children were surveyed in the biggest mental health survey in Australian history.



52% said they nearly always feel happy; 27% said they sometimes feel happy

65% said they were happiest when with friends, the top response

67 67% said they had experienced being bullied and 39% of those said they had been bullied for more than a year

35 35% said they would change their body if they could; 15% said they often don’t feel valued

25 1 in 4 said they worried about their family and the future all of the time


76% of people who experience a mental illness in their lifetime developed the disorder before the age of 25 years. - Australian Bureau of Statistics 2015


14% of 12-17 year olds experience serious mental health problems each year. - Mission Australia


78.2% of parents report that their child has social and emotional difficulties. - Australian Insti-

and the Black Dog Institute. Youth Mental Health Report (2014)

tute of Family Studies. The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Annual Statistical Report (2013)


Institute. Youth Mental Health Report (2014)


One in five (20%) young people aged 15 to 17 had a level of psychological distress that indicates a probable mental illness - Mission Australia Youth Survey 2012 – 2014

86% of young people turn to a friend when seeking advice. - Mission Australia and the Black Dog

Rouse Hill Anglican College Students




“One of my favourite experiences was helping the Year 7 students settle into high school. When they were worried about anything I was able to help them. It was such a great thing to see them smiling and enjoying themselves.” – Year 10 Peer Leader

Peer Support Australia provides school communities with an evidence based, peer led approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of young people. Peer Support Australia envisions all young people will be: ✎ Able to make informed and skilled contributions to their communities ✎ Personally responsible for their own wellbeing ✎ Able to manage their lives positively and safely ✎ Involved in, and supported by, their community

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Evidence Base


The Peer Support Program provides an evidence-based framework with which to address the need for mental health and wellbeing education for young people.

Young people turn to friends for advice. (1)

A three year longitudinal study conducted by the Self Concept Enhancement and Learning Facilitation (SELF) Research Centre at The University of Western Sydney (now Western Sydney University) confirmed that The Peer Support Program has a positive effect on young people and their school communities.

Social support improves student wellbeing. (2)

The Peer Support Program creates positive outcomes for students. (3)

“The self-confidence of those taking part in the Program increased significantly, as did their enjoyment of school, their relations with other peers and their perception of support from those around them… But most importantly, the Peer Support Program successfully changed attitudes to bullying.” - Dr Louise Ellis, author of the three year longitudinal study on Peer Support

(1) Mission Australia and the Black dog Institute. Youth Mental Health Report (2014).

(2) Dillon, J. & Swinburne, A. (2007) Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health 6 (1)

(3)Dr Louise Ellis (2004), A three year longitudinal study on Peer Support. Peer initiatives have been found to enhance young people’s self-esteem. 5

Highlights Milestones AND

Peer Support Australia has been working with schools for over 30 years and is one of the nation’s oldest, most respected education programs focusing on student mental health and wellbeing.

Two new Anti-bullying Modules were initiated in 2014, designed to incorporate a contemporary approach to dealing with bullying and part of a continued strategy of annual review and redevelopment of educational resources. 01

A new Training Workbook for Implementation Workshop participants was developed in 2014. This take away tool for participants incorporates important information, notes, activities and reference materials to improve knowledge retention post the workshop. 02

An eLearning pilot project was initiated to explore new ways of delivering training and resources. The trial included Web Conference Workshops, Video Conferencing, Skype™ Talks and the application of a Learning Management System. We will continue to explore options as we seek to expand our reach into rural and regional areas of Australia. 04

The first comprehensive integrated marketing strategy was developed and executed in 2014. 05


A complete review of Workshop 03 venues took place to ensure quality and accessibility were of the highest standards. As a result, a range of new venues were selected including a new Sydney CBD venue in Surry Hills, which proved so popular that our first workshops sold out quickly and additional workshops added soon after.

A new website was launched in 2014.

Continued funding was received from the Australian Government Department of Health and NSW Department of Health. In addition, the Queensland Mental Health Commission granted funds for a project to extend The Peer Support Program into senior school years and beyond. 07

The Peer Support Foundation celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2013 with a visit to NSW Parliament House hosted by the NSW Premier, the Honourable Michael Baird MP. 08

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) accepted our invitation to become Vice Regal Patron of Peer Support Australia in 2014, continuing the support of Her Excellency Dame Quentin Bryce AC who retired from the office of Governor General. We are deeply honoured to have the Governor General as Patron and value his generous support. 09

Founding Director and past Chairman David Stanton AM retired from our Board in 2013. We acknowledge his significant contributions over many years. In 2015, David was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. 10

Peer Support’s General Manager, Sharon Austin, after many years of service, retired in 2014. Jen Dalitz resigned as Chairman to take up the role of CEO at Peer Support Australia. Lorraine Walker, formerly Deputy Chair, was appointed Chairman in November 2014. In June 2015 Greg Cantwell joined Peer Support Australia as Chief Executive Officer. 11


A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR This has been a very busy year for Peer Support Australia with the retirement last year of our long serving General Manager, Sharon Austin, as well as the retirement of our Chairman Jen Dalitz, who had been a director since 2007 and chair for the best part of five years. I wish to take this opportunity to thank Sharon for her dedication, passion and support for the PSA’s Peer Support Program over the fifteen years she was General Manager. I also extend thanks to Jen Dalitz for her hard work, dedication and vision that she brought to PSA as a director, chairman and CEO. Both Sharon and Jen have made a significant contribution to the development and growth of our organisation. David Stanton AM, who was a founding director and former Chairman of Peer Support Australia was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015. David was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. His award recognizes his significant service to the community through programs to improve the mental, emotional and social wellbeing of young Australians. David served as Chairman of Peer Support Australia, 20052010 and was a Director from 1983 – 2013. David has made a significant contribution to the community, in particular to the lives of thousands of young Australians through his service to Peer Support Australia. This year we welcomed our new CEO, Gregory Cantwell, who has come to us with extensive experience in delivering education programs and working in the NFP sector. The Board of Directors look forward to working with Greg over the coming years as we continue to grow and develop and extend the program, utilising new technology, and continue to expand nationally. The year has been a challenging, but very rewarding time, as we transitioned to utilising new technologies to deliver our programs, aiming to provide easier accessibility for teachers, particularly

in remote and rural regions of Australia. Our programs continue to focus on providing support to schools with an evidence based, peer led approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of young people by providing genuine leadership opportunities. Peer Support Australia will continue to develop ongoing, theme specific modules, for both Primary and Secondary schools, as well as developing new resources to support senior students, teachers and parents. There will be continued evaluation of new and current modules, with a focus on continued development of on-line training for teachers with an Anti-Bullying module and Implementation workshops via Web Conferencing to allow for self-paced professional development of teachers. Peer Support Australia workshops are fully accredited for Professional Development. In a year of substantial investment in new systems, equipment and staff recruitment, PSA has finished the financial year with a net surplus of $238,692 due to a significant copyright royalty. We have been very fortunate to receive the continued support of the Australian Government Department of Health to help us maintain our national footprint, as well as the NSW Health Department, The Raymond E Purves Foundation, The Woodend Foundation, the James N Kirby Foundation and received an additional grant from the Commonwealth Bank Community Grants.

Lorraine Walker, Chairman

We look forward to expanding our membership and programs to schools, teachers, students and parents in 2016 to support the social and emotional wellbeing of young people and their families, and to develop the leadership skills of young Australians. Not only will we continue to focus on ‘Kids helping Kids’ but also on ‘Peers leading Peers’.

Lorraine Walker Lorraine Walker Chairman


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A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO The mission and goal of Peer Support Australia is even more relevant today than when The Peer Support Program was conceived more than 30 years ago. At our core is providing schools with a program that makes the world a better place in which to live through development of skills and opportunities for students to be connected with each other in meaningful ways at a time when they can be most isolated. It is therefore with much pride that we can report that The Peer Support Program reaches more than 500,000 students each and every year. These students develop life-long skills to help them navigate the challenges they will face; skills in leadership, positive relationships and an enhanced sense of optimism, connectedness and self-efficacy. In 2015, we continued our fundamental role of supporting schools to implement high quality health and wellbeing programs. We achieved this through successfully conducting face to face training for over 500 teachers across more than 350 schools in Australia. Demand for high quality teacher training in wellbeing remains strong and Peer Support Australia will continue to provide evidence-based, innovative approaches to deliver high quality products and services to our Member Schools.

Connectedness and belonging are critical elements of the Peer Support experience. Peer Support Australia successfully piloted online training for our anti-bullying program which will be rolled out more substantially in 2016 with additional modules becoming available online as well. Further, we will continue to explore and implement new approaches to connect with school communities through expanding our membership program and providing greater opportunities to engage. Our work could never be achieved except for the significant support of our funders, in particular the Raymond E. Purves Foundation, The Woodend Foundation, James N. Kirby Foundation and Commonwealth Bank Employee Fund, as well as the Commonwealth government and the New South Wales and Queensland governments. I extend my thanks to the Board and staff of Peer Support Australia who work tirelessly to deliver the highest quality programs and services to support school communities throughout Australia.

(left) Students from Chatswood participate in Peer Support to assist Year 7 transition to high school.

(above) Greg Cantwell, CEO



The Peer Support Program has its origins in the 1970s following the tragic death of a student in Sydney from a drug overdose. As the health educator for the area at the time, the late Elizabeth Campbell counselled the school community and discovered the students knew more about what was going on in that student’s life than the staff, but they didn’t have the skills to support each other at the time.

Elizabeth Campbell received an Order of Australia in 1990.

Elizabeth was compelled to act and thus the idea of a peer-led education program was born. According to her friend, author and ABC presenter Caroline Jones, the aim of Elizabeth Campbell “was to provide children with the tools for living a creative, contributing and happy life.”

The Peer Support Foundation was established some ten years later in 1983 and renamed Peer Support Australia in 2007 when the Program expanded its reach nationally. Today The Peer Support Program impacts approximately 500,000 students each year.

The Peer Support Program is one of Australia’s longest running, most respected mental health education programs for young people. 10

The Peer Support PROGRAM

What is the Peer Support Program? Peer Support Australia is a peer led preventative mental health program which has been operating in both Primary and Secondary schools in Australia for more than thirty years.

Collaborating with Schools Peer Support Australia collaborates with schools to support their implementation of The Peer Support Program. On-going support services are provided to schools through our Wellbeing Education Consultants, encouraging broad community responsibility for the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

Key Concepts The Peer Support Program develops:

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Sense of Self:

What an individual thinks, feels and believes about themselves


Empowering the individual to be positive, proactive and resourceful in dealing with life’s experiences and challenges


The feeling of belonging that arises from relationships with groups in social environments

Structure of the Peer Support Program Peer Support Australia takes a whole school approach that impacts on students, teachers and parents. It is a self-sustaining model based on a core of trained and skilled teachers and the involvement of the whole school. The Peer Support Program is preventative mental health program that helps students develop the protective skills required to navigate challenges and overcome adversity. The Program enhances social and emotional wellbeing by improving their relationships with other students, fostering optimism, teaching resilience and identifying shared values.

Sense of Possibility:

An awareness and belief that positive outcomes can be achieved in the future

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“The Year 7 students consistently identify the Peer Support Program as a highlight of their smooth transition into Middle School. The connections they make with older students helps them to enhance their sense of belonging and provides reassurance, knowing that older students are keenly looking out for them.� – Scotch Oakburn College, Tasmania


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A strong sense of possibility involves an awareness and belief that positive outcomes can be achieved in the future. It empowers individuals to take responsibility for enhancing their sense of self, developing and maintaining positive relationships and turning challenges into opportunities.






Connectedness involves the feelings of belonging that a person develops through their relationships with individuals and groups within their social environments. Individuals who have a strong sense of their connectedness are more likely to take risks in, and responsibility for, strong relationships which encourage learning and growth.



Building resilience involves the empowerment of the individual to be positive. proactive and resourceful in dealing with life experiences. Resilient individuals have the ability to reflect on and learn from their experiences and to creatively turn challenges into opportunities for continued growth and learning.


An individual’s sense of self involves what they think, feel and believe about themselves. Sense of self is dynamic, formed by the individual, their relationships, interactions and experiences and manifests itself in the individual’s values, attitudes and behaviours.

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Model Implementation FOR

The Peer Support Program uses a highly leveraged approach which ensures effective and efficient implementation in schools. It begins with the training of selected teachers within a workshop environment with teachers from other schools. Each teacher trained by Peer Support Australia returns to school to share the knowledge and training with their colleagues. Those teachers are responsible for selecting and training the core group of student Peer Leaders who learn skills in leadership, organisation, communication and time management.

Teachers from any member school attend Implementation Workshop

Facilitated Training


The peer led sessions are at the heart of The Peer Support Program and their successful implementation represents a culmination of training that began with a single teacher at a Peer Support workshop.




The student Peer Leaders are responsible for implementing the peer led sessions with small groups of younger students from their school. Using their newly acquired skills, Peer Leaders facilitate sessions on a range of themes including relationships, optismism, resilience, values and anti-bullying.

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Whole staff in-school training



Peer Leader Training


Peer Group Sessions held






At school, Coordinating Teachers coordinate in-school training

Facilitating teachers train Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders facilitate Peer Group Sessions, supervised by teachers




REACH & IMPACT 2014-2015

In 2014-15, Peer Support Australia held a total of 52 Workshops in all states and territories in Australia. Nearly 500 teachers in metropolitan and regional areas were trained. The impact of The Peer Support Program was felt by over half a million Australian students in primary and secondary schools in a single 12 month period.


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Teachers trained


Students impacted

“Wynyard High School ensures that the Peer Support Program is a priority, as it is given dedicated time and planning, has a dedicated budget and resources, and always has the support of staff and students.” – Teacher, Wynyard HS, Tasmania

(left page) Avalon Primary School Student


Where We Are 2014-2015


Northern Territory:



Western Australia:



South Australia:





15 Member Schools. 1 Workshop held

35 Member Schools. 2 Workshops held

32 Member Schools. 2 Workshops held

24 Member Schools. 1 Workshop held


43 Member Schools. 2 Workshops held

Australian Capital Territory:

30 Member Schools. 2 Workshops held

New South Wales:

641 Member Schools. 38 Workshops held


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Training 2014-2015

456 Teachers were trained in implementing the Peer Support Program

68 Teachers trained at an IMPLEMENTATION WORKSHOP

SRC Workshop

Attending a full day Peer Support Implementation Workshop is the essential first step to establishing The Peer Support Program in a school. It is an interactive, enjoyable, full day of professional learning which provides teachers with the tools to coordinate an effective Peer Support Program and confidently train their Peer Leaders.

SRC LEADERSHIP FOR TEACHERS WORKSHOP Peer Support Australia’s SRC Leadership for Teachers Workshop is designed for those teachers responsible for coordinating the Student Representative Council at their school. This interactive, full day workshop assists schools to develop an effective SRC program which encourages meaningful and active participation of students across all areas of school life.

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“From knowing very little, I now feel very motivated and resourced to implement Peer Support at school.” – Koonawarra PS, Primary School teacher

“We gained so much from your PD and we walked away with lots of new ideas and ways of running the current SRC committee. “ – C. Honan, Sacred Heart College, Geelong, Victoria




Peer Support Australia provides on-going support regarding student wellbeing to Member schools. This often includes personalised consultancy support. Once a school becomes a Member, it is just the beginning of a long term relationship that extends to the whole school community. Peer Support Australia’s team of Wellbeing Education Consultants is available to assist and support schools with their implementation of the Program. Services include on-site training for school staff, awareness-raising sessions for staff and/ or parents and visits to observe The Peer Support Program in action.

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“Thanks so much for the presentation yesterday. The staff thought it was great. It was very informative, interactive and motivating. We are looking forward to beginning the training with our leaders in Term 1.” – J. Wiles, Clairgate Public School Teacher




Staff and Student awareness-raising sessions are an effective tool to give those involved in The Peer Support Program some insight into their roles and responsibilities, reasons behind why the school is running the Program and the benefits of the Program.

Peer Support Australia developed an Evaluation package as a resource for individual Schools to assess the impact of The Peer Support Program in their schools. The package is designed to support schools by monitoring staff views of the school over time, monitoring student views of the school and themselves over time, monitoring the implementation of the Peer Support Program and documenting the implementation of the Peer Support Program.

In 2014-15, our Wellbeing Education Consultants provided 34 Staff, Student and Parent Talks in schools.

Teachers at Clairgate PS in NSW vote on which Peer Support Module to implement.


Resources Schools FOR




The Peer Support Manual is the foundation resource for implementation of The Peer Support Program. It includes Peer Leader’s Training, Teacher’s Notes and support materials.

In 2015, a range of new covers was developed to incorporate new branding. The current suite of Primary Modules features:

In 2015, a range of new covers was developed to incorporate new branding. The current suite of Secondary Modules features:

✎ Keeping Friends: Relationships ✎ Living Positively: Optimism ✎ Moving Forward: Resilience ✎ Promoting Harmony: Values ✎ Stronger Together: Anti-bullying (New in 2016)

✎ Rethinking Challenges: Resilience ✎ Behaving With Integrity: Values ✎ Strengthening Our Connections: Anti-bullying (New in 2016)



STRONGER TOGETHER A module which focuses on



Moving Forward

A module which focuses on RESILIENCE



Keeping Friends

A module which focuses on RELATIONSHIPS


Strengthening Our Connections A module which focuses on ANTI-BULLYING

Living Positively

A module which focuses on OPTIMISM


Rethinking Challenges

A module which focuses on RESILIENCE

Promoting Harmony A module which focuses on VALUES


Behaving With Integrity A module which focuses on VALUES


EXTENDING THE PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM One of the ways The Peer Support Program builds supportive school environments is to encourage integration of the newly established relationships and skills beyond the eight peer led sessions. This way, Peer Support doesn’t come to an end, rather, it applies the skills the students have developed in other areas of school life.

At Tweed River High School, Peer Leaders continue to apply and further develop their skills in meaningful ways throughout the whole year. Year 10 Peer Leaders are involved at the Year 7 Camp to assist with team building and development of problem-solving skills. They are rostered on playground support in the Year 7 area during recess and lunchtimes. At the conclusion of Year 10, Peer Leaders receive a certificate, which the school uses in mock-interviews.

Peer Leader training in action. Students developing problem solving skills.




A major part of Peer Support Australia’s role includes visiting schools to observe the Program in action. In 2015, our staff visited 19 schools around Australia.

In July this year, Peer Support Australia visited three schools in the Sydney area to film interviews students and teachers. At Turramurra HS, Knox Grammar School and St Rose Catholic Primary School, Collaroy Plateau in NSW teachers and students spoke about the value of the peer led approach.

Students from Knox Grammar School (left), Turramurra HS (centre) and St Rose Catholic PS, Collaroy Plateau (right).

PEER LEADER TRAINING DAY: Students brainstorm ideas about some of the leaders they admire and the qualities these people possess. Examples ranged from Nelson Mandela, to their football coaches and best friends. It was agreed that leadership is about showing - not telling - people what to do. It was decided that being a good role model is one of the most powerful ways for the students to make a difference in their school.

Students from St Anthony’s PS in Girraween, NSW


STUDENT WORKSHOP: Peer Leaders at Catholic Ladies College in Eltham, Victoria gave their lunchtime in order to learn more about their important role when Peer Support Australia visited the school in March 2015. The students discussed the highlights and challenges of being a Peer Leader and the girls came up with some great suggestions and strategies as shown in the diagram below.

Benefits of The Peer Support Program listed by students include:

To encourage others no matter what Thinking outside the box Learning how to manage time Learning how to talk to others Having confidence Having to be organised Team work

OBSERVING THE PEER SUPPORT SESSIONS: When Peer Support Australia visited Sydney Grammar, St Ives Preparatory School to observe the peer led sessions in the classroom, we asked the students, “What have you learned from The Peer Support Program this year?” Their responses were enlightening!

“Now I know how difficult it is for teachers and I have more empathy. My leadership skills have improved, though Year 5 is always a challenge!” – Jason, Year 6 Peer Leader

“Being a better friend, learning how to win nicely.”

– Andrew, Year 3 Group Member

Peer Support training in action; Catholic Ladies College, school visit (top right) Sydney Grammar St Ives (bottom left & middle).


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS In 2015, Peer Support Australia copresented sessions at the Positive Schools Conferences held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth with renowned psychologist and teacher, Dr Sue Roffey. Together, the concepts of building social capital in schools, the empowerment of students through positive relationships and the important role of Peer Support in facilitating connectedness, resilience, optimism and acceptance were explored.

In 2015, we also attended the Say No 2 Bullying conference which featured research to support the concept that developing skills such as empathy, acceptance, resilience, problem solving and critical thinking helped to reduce bullying behaviours and their effects on children and young people.

For the past few years we have attended the Association for Independent Schools’ annual Wellbeing Conference. In 2015, our workshop explored the impacts of the Primary Peer Support Program from the perspective of Year 6 Peer Leaders and their teacher.

Peer Support Education Program Manager, Sara De Vries, with students from Northside Montessori School, Pymble NSW at the AIS Wellbeing Conference 2015. 24


BEYOND THE SCHOOL GATE In 2015, Peer Support Australia received a $50,000 grant from the Queensland Mental Health Commission to develop a project to support the mental health and wellbeing of senior school students. The “Beyond the School Gate” project will provide an ageappropriate peer education module that will enable senior students to explore and address mental health and wellbeing in a supportive and nurturing environment. This will be supported by a

teacher training workshop to ensure effective implementation of the module. The project will increase the impact and reach of The Peer Support Program by providing a critical third touch point – the senior school years - during what can be challenging transition to life beyond school.

“The Grants provide an exciting opportunity for the Commission to support locally-led initiatives such as yours.” – Dr Lesley van Schoubroek, Mental Health Commissioner, Queensland Mental Health Commission, 18 September, 2015

Knox Grammar students


Marketing The first comprehensive, integrated marketing strategy was developed in 2014 to expand our communications reach and raise the profile of Peer Support Australia. Components include a new website, annual school brochure and direct mail campaign, regular email newsletters, regular social media activity and an integrated mix of printed and digital communications.


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The new strategy made an immediate and significant impact, with 60% of teachers citing the combined new marketing initiatives (website, brochure, fax broadcast and email communications) as the source of their booking within the first 3 months of execution.

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2016 Workshops and Resources

Living Positively

A module which focuses on OPTIMISM

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At Peer Support Australia, we are committed to working with your school to foster leadership skills and enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of students.

“Peer Support has been an incredible experience for me. One of my favourite experiences was helping the Year 7 students settle into high school. When they were worried about anything I was able to help them. It was a great thing to see them smiling and enjoying themselves.” – Year 10 Peer Leader

Since 1983, The Peer Support Program has been incorporated into the curriculum of thousands of Australian primary and secondary schools. Today, it continues to provide a unique peer led approach which has tangible outcomes.

What is The Peer Support Program?

Please refer overleaf for our full 2016 Workshop schedule or visit our website to learn more about The Peer Support Program, book a Workshop or order Resources for the year ahead. Wishing you all the very best for 2016. Sincerely, Greg Cantwell CEO, Peer Support Australia

– Teacher, Mayfield East PS, Gosford Workshop, March 2015 The Peer Support Program is a not for profit educational organisation supported by the NSW Department of Health and the Australian Government Department of Health National Suicide Prevention Program. Our Mission is to provide school communities with an evidence based, peer led approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of young people.



Behaving With Integrity A module which focuses on VALUES

The Peer Support Program is unique in its peer led approach, putting students front and centre of the learning process, empowering them to support each other. Trained Peer Leaders guide groups of younger students through a structured series of activities over a period of eight weeks. The activities have been written by teachers and are designed to build skills and enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of students.

• School Communities benefit from a more cohesive and positive school environment.

How does The Peer Support Program work? 1. Teacher Workshop:

2. Peer Leader Training:

3. Peer Support Sessions:

Teachers attend a one day Peer Support Implementation Workshop conducted by Education Consultants from Peer Support Australia. Options are also available for online training.

Back at school, students are trained to become Peer Leaders by their teachers over a two day period. The Peer Leader training has been designed to develop skills in leadership, communication, problem solving and empathy.

The peer led sessions are implemented over the course of a single School Term. Students meet once per week over a period of eight weeks. In the sessions, trained Peer Leaders guide small groups of younger students through a series of interactive learning experiences.



All prices are listed online. Schools will be invoiced for their purchase once an online order is received. All prices are inclusive of GST and postage.

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• Group Members gain an increased sense of connectedness, selfƒreliance and relationship building.

Why choose The Peer Support Program? All training provided by Peer Support Australia meets National Standards of Professional Development. Peer Support Australia is an endorsed provider of QTC Registered PD for maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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• Peer Leaders gain valuable skills in leadership, including communication, problem solving and empathy.

Peer Support Australia provides schools with an evidenceƒbased, peer led approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of young people. Our vision is that this will enable young people to make informed and skilled contributions to their communities.

In 2016, we look forward to sharing the benefits of Peer Support with your school. Our Wellbeing Education Consultants will be working with schools in every state and territory in Australia throughout the year, offering training and support for teachers.

Peer Support Australia gratefully acknowledges funding provided under the Australian Government National Suicide Prevention Program and the NSW Department of Health.

RETHINKING CHALLENGES Resilience is a conceptual process that moves us beyond coping. It’s a result of thinking optimistically, utilising strategies and viewing challenges as opportunity for growth.

Rethinking Challenges is an educational resource for Secondary schools. The module’s eight peer led sessions have been designed to be implemented by students – for students – as part of The Peer Support Program.


Rethinking Challenges RESILIENCE

What is covered in the eight peer led sessions? Rethinking Challenges is an eight session peer led module that encourages students to view challenges as opportunities to push the limitations they put on themselves and be open to new possibilities. It allows students to identify their strengths, achievements and support networks.

Open thoughts require students to reframe:

These factors serve to protect students and assist them in developing a strong sense of self. Students are encouraged not to feel limited by what is identified at a single point in time. They can choose to feel empowered by this information to persevere, achieve and learn.

Although no one thinks in an open or limiting way 100% of the time, “…too many limiting thoughts will lead to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness in the face of mounting pressure.” ƒ Yemm, 2012

The module has a strong focus on the influence our thoughts have on the way we view certain experiences. Sometimes the thoughts, feelings and outcomes associated with a past experience can colour the way we continue to view them. Students can choose to adopt ‘Open’ or ‘Limiting’ thoughts.

• Strengths and achievements as changeable not static • Failure as opportunity for improvement not permanent or a mark of worth • Success as a result of effort not ability

Rethinking Challenges focuses on developing skills in: • Perseverance • Critical thinking • Optimism • Communication • Empathy

Session 1: Introduction to Resilience Session 2: Challenges Session 3: Thoughts and Outcomes Session 4: Wellbeing Session 5: Strategies Session 6: Skills and Strategies Session 7: Relationships Session 8: Conclusion

Rethinking Challenges helps students to: • Respond resiliently to challenges • Acknowledge their skills and achievements • Identify support people • Reflect on how they view achievement, success and failure • Support each other in their transition to secondary school • Take responsibility for their own wellbeing






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Peer Support Australia gratefully acknowledges funding provided under the Australian Government National Suicide Prevention Program and the NSW Department of Health.

KEEPING FRIENDS Relationships are the connections people have with one another and are a significant contributor to positive mental health. The ability to initiate and maintain satisfying relationships leads to greater social competence.

Positive relationships with others are a significant contributor to positive mental health. Maintaining positive relationships with others provides a degree of protection in difficult circumstances. Friends provide added security to try something new and solve difficult problems. More importantly, they are vital to the process of having fun. Friends can share high points and they provide support in difficult times. Strong friendships, regardless of the quantity, are a contributor to building resilience amongst both the young and old.

Keeping Friends is an eight session peer led module that supports young people to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to maintain friendships and interact with one another in a friendly and positive way. Keeping Friends is based on the premise friendship skills can be learned in a mutually supportive environment. Keeping Friends provides students with opportunities to develop skills in maintaining positive friendships by learning how to play fairly, accept that friendships change, support each other and acknowledge that they may have a variety of friends. “We often choose friends who have qualities we value.”  Peer Support Australia, 2008

Learning about relationships

is an important part of growing up. Friendships formed in the primary school years are significant indicators of adolescent social health.

Research suggests the quality rather than the quantity of friendships is the key to good mental health. It is very difficult for students to maintain a large number of close friends and often it involves personal compromise or sacrifice to satisfy so many other interests. However, those students who have a small group of close friends can easily move between friends while feeling free to establish new relationships with others. “Peer relations contribute substantially to both social and cognitive development and to the effectiveness with which we function as adults. Indeed, the single best childhood predictor of adult adaptation is the adequacy with which the child gets along with other children.”  Hartup, 1992

Keeping Friends focuses on developing skills in: • Critical thinking • Empathy • Conflict resolution • Assertiveness • Relationship building

Module Updated: 2014

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Moving Forward RESILIENCE

What is covered in the eight peer led sessions? Session 1: Being Friendly Session 2: Cooperating and Listening Session 3: Types of Friends Session 4: Being Supportive Session 5: The Best Way to Play Session 6: Joining in with Others Session 7: Good Winners Session 8: A Better Friend

Keeping Friends helps students: • Identify qualities of friends • Broaden friendship base • Recognise the importance of friendship • Become more welcoming of others • Engage in positive play

Module Updated: 2008

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New Education MODULE

NEW ANTI-BULLYING RESOURCE MODULES Primary: Stronger Together Secondary: Strengthening Our Connections The new Peer Support modules combine the best elements of traditional and contemporary approaches to bullying reduction in schools. Victims of bullying, students who bully, and bystanders are all given the skills they need to reduce harmful behaviours. The modules draw on positive psychology principles such as fostering strengths, gratitude and kindness in students. In this way, preventative measures are combined with the skills students need to combat bullying if it does occur. By utilising the powerful peer led format, the students create their own environment in which to thrive.



STRONGER TOGETHER A module which focuses on


Strengthening Our Connections A module which focuses on ANTI-BULLYING

ONLINE & E-LEARNING PILOT PROJECTS STAFF AND STUDENT TALKS VIA SKYPE: Year 6 Peer Leaders of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Kilaben Bay, NSW participated in a Peer Leader’s Awarenessraising session delivered via Skype by a Wellbeing Education Consultant. Topics included their upcoming Peer Leader training, the roles and responsibilities of a Peer Leader and the elements of authentic leadership.

WEB CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS/ ELEARNING: In late 2014 we held a pilot webinar version of our Implementation Workshop, for teachers in Tasmania who were unable to access a physical workshop due to geographical constraints. As a follow on, we scheduled two additional online Implementation Workshops in the Web Conference format in Terms 2 and 3, 2015. This content was delivered via a combination of a mailed out package and three one-hour Web Conferencing sessions.


Supporters Partners AND

Peer Support Australia is very fortunate to have a strong base of supporters, including many long standing donor organisations from both the public and private sector. Their generosity year after year has enabled us to train teachers and positively impact the lives of young people in schools all over the nation. We are very grateful for their on-going support and recognise the significant contribution they have made.

We would also like to recognise those who offer their time and expertise to helping us raise awareness about The Peer Support Program and further refine our resources to meet the needs of young people. We thank - and congratulate - the many hundreds of Affiliate Member Schools who have chosen to implement The Peer Support Program as part of their wider student wellbeing initiatives.

Together, these organisations, individuals and schools make up our Peer Support extended family and we look forward to continuing to work together to build on our achievements into the future.



We greatly value the generous support from the Australian Government Department of Health which enables us to maintain our national reach and support schools across the country in both metropolitan, rural and regional areas.

The NSW Department of Health have provided vital funds to support the continued development of Peer Support Australia over many years. We a very grateful for their support.




In September 2015, Peer Support Australia received a grant from the Queensland Mental Health Commission to develop a resource to support the mental health and wellbeing of senior school students (Years 11 and 12). Beyond the School Gate will adapt the well-researched peer education model to provide a mental health and wellbeing framework for senior high school students, aged 16-18 years.

Thanks to the Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund for support of our new Anti-bullying resources. Peer Support Australia is extremely grateful for the donation of $10,000 which will contribute to the production of two new Anti-bullying resource Modules, Stronger Together for primary schools and Strengthening Our Connections for secondary schools.

Greg Cantwell, CEO accepting the Commonwealth Bank Community Grant.


FOUNDATION DONORS We would like to thank James N Kirby Foundation, The Raymond E Purves Foundation and The Woodend Foundation for their continued support of the work of Peer Support Australia and acknowledge the significant financial contributions made over time.


Sacred Heart Catholic PS

“For many years, Catholic primary schools in NSW have benefitted from the programs and resources of Peer Support Australia in enhancing the wellbeing of young people and building their resilience and ability to cope with stress… I have witnessed the development of Peer Support materials and know their consultative process to be thorough, insightful, creative and efficient.” – Peter Grace, State Coordinator – Student Wellbeing, Catholic Education Office


PATRON Peer Support Australia is honoured to have as Patron, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

“I am very proud to be Patron of Peer Support Australia. I admire their long service to our nation and their support to students in schools all over Australia.” – His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia 32



“Peer Support Australia has a long history supporting Australian schools and I’m delighted to offer my support as Ambassador and to help them continue their great work with schools.” - Peter Cousens, Actor, Singer, Director

“Peer Support programs provide young Australians with proven and practical strategies that help them build resilience and ultimately, live better lives. I’m so proud to be an Ambassador for this great work.” – Dr Tim Sharp, also known as Dr Happy

Peer Support ambassadors (left) Peter Cousens (right) Dr Tim Sharp 33

Member Schools Peer Support Australia recognises the valuable financial contributions made by the nearly 900 Affiliate Member Schools each year. Our Members extend across all states and territories in Australia, in all education sectors and both primary and secondary school levels. These are the names of all Peer Support Member Schools. Abbotsleigh Senior School, WAHROONGA, NSW Airds High School, AIRDS, NSW Al Zahra College, ARNCLIFFE, NSW Albion Park Rail Public School, ALBION PARK, NSW Albion Primary School, ALBION, VIC Albury West Public School, ALBURY, NSW All Saints Catholic Girls College, LIVERPOOL, NSW All Saints College, St. Peter’s Campus, MAITLAND, NSW Alstonville High School, ALSTONVILLE, NSW Ambarvale High School, CAMPBELLTOWN, NSW Aquinas College, ASHMORE CITY, QLD Aquinas College, MENAI, NSW Araluen Christian College, ALICE SPRINGS, NT Armadale Primary School, ARMADALE, VIC Ashcroft High School, ASHCROFT, NSW Ashdale Secondary College, DARCH, WA Ashfield Boys High School, ASHFIELD, NSW Ashmont Public School, ASHMONT, NSW Asquith Girls High School, ASQUITH, NSW Asquith Public School, ASQUITH, NSW Australian International Academy - Kellyville Campus, KELLYVLLE, NSW Australian International Academy - Strathfield Campus, STRATHFIELD, NSW Australind Senior High School, AUSTRALIND, WA Avalon Public School, AVALON, NSW Avondale Adventist High School, COORANBONG, NSW Balaklava Primary School, BALAKLAVA, SA Banks Public School, ST CLAIR, NSW Bankstown Girls High School, BANKSTOWN, NSW Banora Point High School, BANORA POINT, NSW Barellan Central School, BARELLAN, NSW Barrenjoey High School, NORTH AVALON, NSW Batemans Bay High School, BATEHAVEN, NSW Baulkham Hills High School, BAULKHAM HILLS, NSW Beaumont Hills Public School, BEAUMONT HILLS, NSW Bede Polding College, SOUTH WINDSOR, NSW Beecroft Public School, BEECROFT, NSW Belconnen High School, HAWKER, ACT Bell Park North Primary School, NORTH GEELONG, VIC Bellbrae Primary School, TORQUAY, VIC Bellingen Public School, BELLINGEN, NSW Belmay Primary School, CLOVERDALE, WA Belmont High School, BELMONT, NSW Belmont North Public School , BELMONT NORTH, NSW Belrose Public School, BELROSE, NSW Bentley Park College, EDMONTON, QLD Berrigan Public School, BERRIGAN, NSW Berwick Secondary College, BERWICK, VIC Beverly Hills Public School, BEVERLY HILLS, NSW Bexley North Public School, BEXLEY NORTH, NSW Biddabah Public School, WARNERS BAY, NSW Birrong Girls High School, BIRRONG, NSW Blackett Public School, BLACKETT, NSW Blacktown Boys High School, BLACKTOWN, NSW Blackwater State High School, BLACKWATER, QLD Blairmount Public School, BLAIRMOUNT, NSW Blakebrook Public School, BLAKEBROOK, NSW Blakehurst High School, BLAKEHURST, NSW Blakehurst Public School, CARSS PARK, NSW Blaxland Public School, BLAXLAND, NSW Bligh Park Public School, BLIGH PARK, NSW Bolwarra Public School, BOLWARRA, NSW Bombala Public School, BOMBALA, NSW Bonnells Bay Public School, BONNELLS BAY, NSW Bonnet Bay Public School , BONNET BAY, NSW Boort District School, BOORT, VIC Bossley Park High School, BOSSLEY PARK, NSW

Bourke High School, BOURKE, NSW Box Hill High School, BOX HILL, VIC Bracken Ridge State School, BRACKEN RIDGE, QLD Branxton Public School, BRANXTON, NSW Brightwater State School, MOUNTAIN CREEK , QLD Brigidine College, ST IVES, NSW Brisbane Boys’ College, TOOWONG, QLD Bulli High School, BULLI, NSW Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, BUNBURY, WA Bunbury Catholic College, BUNBURY, WA Bundaberg Christian College, BUNDABERG, QLD Burdekin Catholic High, AYR, QLD Byron Bay High School, BYRON BAY, NSW Cabra Dominican College, MELROSE PARK, SA Caddies Creek Public School, GLENWOOD, NSW Callaghan College Wallsend Campus, WALLSEND, NSW Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus, WARATAH, NSW Calrossy Anglican School (Secondary Girls), TAMWORTH, NSW Canberra Girls Grammar Senior, DEAKIN, ACT Canberra Montessori School, HOLDER, ACT Canley Heights Public School, CANLEY HEIGHTS, NSW Cardiff North Public School, CARDIFF, NSW Carlingford Public School, CARLINGFORD, NSW Caroline Chisholm School, TUGGERANONG, ACT Castle Hill Public School, CASTLE HILL, NSW Catholic Ladies College, ELTHAM, VIC Catholic Regional College, MELTON, VIC Centenary Heights State High School, TOOWOOMBA, QLD Cerdon College, MERRYLANDS, NSW Cessnock High School, ABERDARE, NSW Cessnock Public School, ABERDARE, NSW Chapman Primary School, CHAPMAN, ACT Charlestown East Public School, CHARLESTOWN, NSW Chatham High School, TAREE, NSW Chatswood High School, CHATSWOOD, NSW Cheltenham Girls High School, CHELTENHAM, NSW Chifley College - Shalvey Campus, SHALVEY, NSW Chifley Public School, CHIFLEY, NSW Christies Beach High School, CHRISTIE DOWNS, SA Citipointe Christian College, MANSFIELD, QLD Clairgate Public School, ST CLAIR, NSW Clermont State High School, CLERMONT, QLD Coburg North Primary School, COBURG, VIC Coffee Camp Public School, COFFEE CAMP, NSW Coleambally Central School 1, COLEAMBALLY, NSW Concord High School, CONCORD WEST, NSW Concord West Public School, CONCORD WEST, NSW Concordia Lutheran College, TOOWOOMBA, QLD Condobolin High School, CONDOBOLIN, NSW Coolamon Central School, COOLAMON, NSW Coonabarabran High School, COONABARABRAN, NSW Cootamundra High School, COOTAMUNDRA, NSW Cootamundra Public School, COOTAMUNDRA, NSW Corpus Christi Primary School, CRANEBROOK, NSW Corrimal High School, EAST CORRIMAL, NSW Cowra High School, COWRA, NSW Craigslea State School, CHERMSIDE WEST, QLD Cranbrook State School, CRANBROOK, QLD Cranebrook High School, CRANEBROOK, NSW Crawford Public School, DOONSIDE, NSW Crestwood High School, BAULKHAM HILLS, NSW Cronulla High School, CRONULLA, NSW Crookwell High School, CROOKWELL, NSW Crookwell Public School, CROOKWELL, NSW Crusoe College, KANGAROOD FLAT, VIC

Cumnock Public School, CUMNOCK, NSW Curl Curl North Public School, NORTH CURL CURL, NSW Currans Hill Public School, CURRANS HILL, NSW Dale Christian School, ARMADALE, WA Daramalan College, DICKSON, ACT Darra State School, DARRA, QLD Deception Bay State High School, DECEPTION BAY, QLD Dubbo Public School, DUBBO, NSW Dulwich High School of Visual Arts, DULWICH HILL, NSW Dundas Public School, DUNDAS, NSW Eagle Vale High School, CLAYMORE, NSW Eagleby South State School, EAGLEBY, QLD East Hills Boys Technology High School, PANANIA, NSW Elisabeth Murdoch College, LANGWARRIN, VIC Emanuel School, RANDWICK, NSW Emmaus Catholic College, KEMPS CREEK, NSW Emu Heights Public School, EMU HEIGHTS, NSW Encounter Lutheran College, VICTOR HARBOR, SA Enfield Public School, ENFIELD, NSW Engadine High School, ENGADINE, NSW Engadine Public School, ENGADINE, NSW Epping Public School, EPPING, NSW Epping Views Primary School, EPPING NORTH, VIC Erina High School, ERINA, NSW Ermington Public School, WEST RYDE, NSW Erskine Park High School, ERSKINE PARK, NSW Erskineville Public School, ERSKINEVILLE, NSW Evans High School, BLACKTOWN, NSW Evans River K-12 Community School, EVANS HEAD, NSW Fairfield Heights Public School, FAIRFIELD, NSW Fairfield High School, FAIRFIELD WEST, NSW Fairvale High School, FAIRFIELD WEST, NSW Figtree High School, FIGTREE, NSW Finley High School, FINLEY, NSW Five Dock Public School, FIVE DOCK, NSW Forest Lodge Public School, FOREST LODGE, NSW Fort Street High School, PETERSHAM, NSW Galston Public School, GALSTON, NSW Geelong East Primary School, EAST GEELONG, VIC Georges River College Penshurst Girls Campus, PENSHURST, NSW Gilgandra High School, GILGANDRA, NSW Gillieston Public School, GILLIESTON HEIGHTS, NSW Gilmore Primary School, GILMORE, ACT Gilroy Santa Maria College, INGHAM, QLD Gladesville Public School, GLADESVILLE, NSW Glendale Technology High School, GLENDALE, NSW Glendenning Public School, GLENDENNING, NSW Glenhaven Public School, GLENHAVEN, NSW Glenmore Park High School, GLENMORE PARK, NSW Gloucester High School, GLOUCESTER, NSW Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, AMAROO, ACT Good Shepherd Lutheran College (Howard Springs), HOWARD SPRINGS, NT Good Shepherd Lutheran College (Primary Campus), HOWARD SPRINGS, NT Goulburn High School, GOULBURN, NSW Goulburn North Public School, GOULBURN, NSW Goulburn Valley Grammar School, SHEPPARTON, VIC Grafton High School, GRAFTON, NSW Grahamstown Public School, RAYMOND TERRACE, NSW Grays Point Public School, GRAYS POINT, NSW Great Southern Grammar School, ALBANY, WA Green Point Christian College, KINCUMBER, NSW Greenwich Public School, GREENWICH, NSW Greystanes High School, GREYSTANES, NSW Greystanes Public School, GREYSTANES, NSW


Guildford Grammar School, GUILDFORD, WA Gymea Bay Public School, GYMEA BAY, NSW Haberfield Public School , HABERFIELD, NSW Hale School, WEMBLEY DOWNS, WA Hallidays Point Public School, HALLIDAYS POINT, NSW Hammondville Public School, HAMMONDVILLE, NSW Hassall Grove Public School, HASSALL GROVE, NSW Hawkesbury High School, FREEMANS REACH, NSW Hennessy Catholic College, YOUNG, NSW Henty Public School, HENTY, NSW Hill Top Public School, HILL TOP, NSW Hills Adventist College, KELLYVILLE, NSW Hillsmeade Primary School, NARRE WARREN SOUTH, VIC Hilltop Road Public School, MERRYLANDS, NSW Holsworthy High School, HOLSWORTHY, NSW Holsworthy Public School, HOLSWORTHY, NSW Holy Cross College, RYDE, NSW Holy Cross Primary School, BONDI JUNCTION, NSW Holy Cross School, SMITHFIELD, QLD Holy Family Primary School, PARKES, NSW Holy Family Primary School, GOWRIE, ACT Holy Spirit College, CORRIMAL, NSW Holy Trinity Central School, INVERELL, NSW Homebush West Public School, HOMEBUSH WEST, NSW Hornsby Heights Public School, HORNSBY, NSW Hoxton Park High School, HINCHINBROOK, NSW Hunter School of Performing Arts, BROADMEADOW, NSW Hunters Hill High School, HUNTERS HILL, NSW Hunters Hill Public School, HUNTERS HILL, NSW Hurlstone Agricultural High School, GLENFIELD, NSW Hurstville South Public School, HURSTVILLE, NSW Illawarra Sports High School, BERKELEY, NSW Ingleburn North Public School, INGLEBURN, NSW Inner Sydney Montessori School, BALMAIN, NSW Inverell High School, INVERELL, NSW Iona Presentation College, MOSMAN PARK, WA J J Cahill Memorial High School, ROSEBERY, NSW James Cook Boys High School, KOGARAH, NSW James Ruse Agricultural High School, CARLINGFORD, NSW Jamison High School, SOUTH PENRITH, NSW Jindera Public School, JINDERA, NSW John Edmondson High School, HOXTON PARK, NSW John Paul College, DAISY HILL, QLD John Paul College , COFFS HARBOUR, NSW John Purchase Public School, CHERRYBROOK, NSW John Therry Catholic High School, ROSEMEADOW, NSW Jordan River Learning Federation, BRIDGEWATER, TAS Kambala School, ROSE BAY, NSW Kambalda West District High School, KAMBALDA WEST, WA Kandos Public School, KANDOS, NSW Karabar High School, QUEANBEYAN, ACT Kareela Public School , KAREELA, NSW Kariong Public School, KARIONG, NSW Keebra Park State High School, SOUTHPORT BC, QLD Kellyville Public School, KELLYVILLE, NSW Kelmscott Senior High School, KELMSCOTT, WA Kelso High School, KELSO, NSW Kelso Public School, KELSO, NSW Kensington Public School, KENSINGTON, NSW Kentlyn Public School, KENTLYN, NSW Kiama High School, KIAMA, NSW Kildare Catholic College, WAGGA WAGGA, NSW Killara High School, KILLARA, NSW Killarney Heights Public School, FORESTVILLE, NSW Kincoppal - Secondary Rose Bay Convent, ROSE BAY, NSW Kincoppal Rose Bay Junior, ROSE BAY, NSW Kincumber High School, KINCUMBER, NSW King Park Public School, WAKELEY, NSW Kingsgrove High School, KINGSGROVE, NSW Kingsgrove North High School, KINGSGROVE, NSW Kingsway Christian College, DARCH, WA Kingswood High School, KINGSWOOD, NSW Kinross Wolaroi Primary School, ORANGE, NSW Kirrawee High School, KIRRAWEE, NSW Koonawarra Public School, KOONAWARRA, NSW Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School, NORTH TURRAMURRA, NSW Kurmond Public School, KURMOND, NSW Kurnai College - Churchill Campus, , Kurri Kurri High School, KURRI KURRI, NSW La Salle Academy, LITHGOW, NSW Lake Illawarra High School, LAKE ILLAWARRA, NSW

Lake Munmorah High School, LAKE MUNMORAH, NSW Lakes Grammar Anglican School, GOROKAN, NSW Lalor North Secondary College, EPPING, VIC Lambton High School, LAMBTON, NSW Lapstone Public School, GLENBROOK, NSW Larrakeyah Primary School, DARWIN, NT Launceston Church Grammar Snr School, MOWBRAY, TAS Lavington Public School, LAVINGTON, NSW Leanyer Primary School, LEANYER, NT Leichhardt Public School, LEICHHARDT, NSW Lennox Head Public School, LENNOX HEAD, NSW Lightning Ridge Central School, LIGHTNING RIDGE, NSW Lindisfarne Anglican School, TERRANORA, NSW Liverpool Girls High School, LIVERPOOL, NSW Living Waters Lutheran Primary School, ALICE SPRINGS, NT Llandilo Public School, LLANDILO, NSW Loch Primary School, LOCH, VIC Londonderry Public School, LONDONDERRY, NSW Loquat Valley Prep School, BAYVIEW, NSW Loxton High School, LOXTON, SA Lurnea High School, LURNEA, NSW Lynwood Park Public School, BLACKTOWN, NSW Macintyre High School, INVERELL, NSW MacKillop Catholic College, WARNERVALE, NSW Mackillop College, ROSNY PARK, TAS MacKillop College, BATHURST, NSW Macquarie Anglican Grammar School, DUBBO, NSW Magnetic Island State School, NELLY BAY, QLD Maitland Public School, MAITLAND, NSW Malabar Public School, MALABAR, NSW Mandurah Catholic College, MANDURAH, WA Marayong South Public School, BLACKTOWN, NSW Margaret River Independent School, WITCHCLIFFE, WA Marian Catholic College, KENTHURST, NSW Marian Catholic College, GRIFFITH, NSW Marist College, EMERALD, QLD Marist College, EASTWOOD, NSW Maronite College of the Holy Family, HARRIS PARK, NSW Marsden High School, WEST RYDE, NSW Mary Immaculate Parish Primary School, EAGLE VALE, NSW Mary Immaculate Primary School, BOSSLEY PARK, NSW Mary Immaculate Primary School, QUAKERS HILL, NSW Mater Dei Catholic College, KOORINAL, NSW Mater Dei College, JOONDALUP DC, WA Mater Dei School, TOOWOOMBA EAST, QLD Matthew Pearce Public School, BAULKHAM HILLS, NSW Mayfield East Public School, MAYFIELD EAST, NSW McAuley Catholic Central School, TUMUT, NSW Melbourne Girls’ College, BURNLEY, VIC Merewether High School, BROADMEADOW, NSW MET School, EAST MAITLAND, NSW Methodist Ladies College, CLAREMONT, WA Middle Harbour Public School, MOSMAN, NSW Millthorpe Public School, MILLTHORPE, NSW Minimbah State School, MORAYFIELD, QLD Minmi Public School, MINMI, NSW Mirani State High School, MIRANI, QLD Mitchell High School, BLACKTOWN, NSW Mitchelton State High School, EVERTON PARK, QLD Molong Central School, MOLONG, NSW Moorefield Girls High School, KOGARAH, NSW Moorland Public School, MOORLAND, NSW Moriah College High School, BONDI JUNCTION, NSW Morpeth Public School, MORPETH, NSW Morphett Vale EastSchool R-7, MORPHETT VALE EAST, SA Moruya Public School, MORUYA, NSW Mosman High School, MOSMAN, NSW Mother of Good Counsel School, CAIRNS NORTH, QLD Mount Alvernia College, KEDRON, QLD Mount Archer State School, ROCKHAMPTON, QLD Mount Austin High School, MOUNT AUSTIN, NSW Mount Riverview Public School, BLAXLAND, NSW Mount St Joseph Girls’ College, ALTONA, VIC Mount View High School, CESSNOCK, NSW Mt Hutton Public School, MOUNT HUTTON, NSW Mt Maria College (Petrie), PETRIE, QLD Mt Pritchard Public School, MOUNT PRITCHARD, NSW Mt St Joseph Secondary School, MILPERRA, NSW Mulwaree High School, GOULBURN, NSW Mulyan Public School, COWRA, NSW Murray High School, LAVINGTON, NSW Murrumba State Secondary College, KALLANGUR, QLD

Muswellbrook High School, MUSWELLBROOK, NSW Nagle College, BLACKTOWN SOUTH, NSW Namadgi School, KAMBAH, ACT Narromine Public School, NARROMINE, NSW Narwee Public School, NARWEE, NSW Nazareth Catholic Primary School, SHELL HARBOUR, NSW Nepean High School, EMU PLAINS, NSW New Norfolk High School, NEW NORFOLK, TAS New Town High School, NEW TOWN, TAS Newbridge Heights Public School, CHIPPING NORTON, NSW Newington Secondary College, STANMORE, NSW Newtown High School of Performing Arts, NEWTOWN, NSW Newtown Public School, NEWTOWN, NSW Norman Park State School, NORMAN PARK, QLD Normanhurst Boys High School, NORMANHURST, NSW North Ryde Public School, NORTH RYDE, NSW North Sydney Boys High School, CROWS NEST, NSW North Sydney Girls High School, CROWS NEST, NSW North Wagga Public School, WAGGA WAGGA NORTH, NSW Northcross Christian School, RYDE, NSW Northern Beaches Balgowlah Boys High Campus, BALGOWLAH, NSW Northern Beaches Sec Coll - Cromer Campus, CROMER, NSW Northern Beaches Sec Coll - Manly Campus, NORTH CURL CURL, NSW Northern Beaches Secondary College – Mackellar Campus, MANLY VALE, NSW Northlakes Public School, SAN REMO, NSW Northmead High School, NORTHMEAD, NSW Northside Montessori School, PYMBLE, NSW Noumea Public School, LETHBRIDGE PARK, NSW Nowra Anglican College, BOMADERRY, NSW Nowra High School, NOWRA, NSW Nulkaba Public School, NULKABA, NSW Nuwarra Public School, MOOREBANK, NSW Oakdale Public School, OAKDALE, NSW Oatley West Public School, OATLEY, NSW Ogilvie High School, NEW TOWN, TAS O’Loughlin College, CASUARINA, NT Oonoonba State School, OONOONBA, QLD Orange Anglican Grammar School, ORANGE, NSW Orange High School , ORANGE, NSW Orange Public School, ORANGE, NSW Our Lady of Fatima Primary School, CARINGBAH, NSW Our Lady of Grace School, NORTH BEACH, WA Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, BAULKHAM HILLS, NSW Our Lady of Mercy College, CRONULLA, NSW Our Lady of Mt Carmel School, COORPAROO, QLD Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, KENSINGTON, NSW Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Traeger Campus, ALICE SPRINGS, NT Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School, RANDWICK, NSW Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, DALBY, QLD Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School, GLADESVILLE, NSW Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School, TERRIGAL, NSW Ourimbah Public School, OURIMBAH, NSW Oxley High School, TAMWORTH, NSW Padstow Park Public School, PADSTOW, NSW Palmerston Christian School, PALMERSTON, NT Palmerston District Primary School, PALMERSTON , ACT Parade College, BUNDOORA, VIC Parkes Public School, PARKES, NSW Parklands School, ALBANY, WA Parramatta High School, PARRAMATTA, NSW Pascoe Vale Primary School, PASCOE VALE, VIC Peak Hill Central School, PEAK HILL, NSW Pendle Hill Public School, WENTWORTHVILLE, NSW Penrith High School, PENRITH, NSW Peter Carnley Anglican Community School, WELLARD, WA Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, MINDARIE, WA Peterborough Primary School, PETERBOROUGH, SA Picnic Point High School, PICNIC POINT, NSW Picton High School, PICTON, NSW Plumpton High School, PLUMPTON, NSW Point Clare Public School, POINT CLARE, NSW


Port Hacking High School, MIRANDA, NSW Prairiewood High School, WETHERILL PARK BC,, NSW Presbyterian Ladies College, ARMIDALE, NSW Presbyterian Ladies College, CROYDON, NSW Proserpine State School, PROSERPINE, QLD Pymble Ladies College, PYMBLE, NSW Pymble Public School, PYMBLE, NSW Queanbeyan West Public School, QUEANBEYAN, NSW Queen of Apostles School, RIVERTON, WA Queenwood Senior School, MOSMAN, NSW Randwick Girls High School, RANDWICK, NSW Ravenswood School For Girls, GORDON, NSW Red Bend Catholic College, FORBES, NSW REDLANDS School, CREMORNE, NSW Regents Park Christian School, REGENTS PARK, NSW Reynella East College, REYNELLA, SA Richmond River High School, LISMORE, NSW Riverside Girls High School, GLADESVILLE, NSW Riverside High School, RIVERSIDE, TAS Riverstone Public School, RIVERSTONE, NSW Riverton and District High School, RIVERTON, SA Robertson Public School, ROBERTSON, NSW Rockdale Public School, ROCKDALE, NSW Rose Bay High School, ROSE BAY, TAS Rosebank College, FIVE DOCK, NSW Rosebud Secondary College, ROSEBUD, VIC Roselea Public School, CARLINGFORD, NSW Rouse Hill Public School, ROUSE HILL, NSW Rowellyn Park Primary School, CARRUM DOWNS, VIC Rutherford Public School, RUTHERFORD, NSW Rutherford Technology High School, RUTHERFORD, NSW Ryde Secondary College, RYDE, NSW Sacred Heart College, NEWTOWN, VIC Sacred Heart College, NEW TOWN, TAS Sacred Heart College, WANGARA, WA Sacred Heart Primary, MOSMAN, NSW Sacred Heart Primary School, MONA VALE, NSW Sacred Heart Primary School, PEARCE, ACT Sacred Heart Primary School Palmerston, WOODROFFE, NT Salisbury East High School, ELIZABETH, SA Schofields Public School, SCHOFIELDS, NSW Scone Grammar Junior School, SCONE, NSW Scone High School, SCONE, NSW Scotch College - Junior School, HAWTHORN, VIC Seabrook Primary School, SEABROOK, VIC Seaford Secondary College, SEAFORD, SA Settlers Farm Primary School, SALISBURY SOUTH, SA Sir Joseph Banks High School, REVESBY NORTH, NSW Smithton High School, SMITHTON, TAS Smithton Primary School, SMITHTON, TAS Somerset College, MUDGEERABA, QLD Springwood High School, SPRINGWOOD, NSW St Aloysius’ Primary School, CRONULLA, NSW St Anthony’s Primary School, GIRRAWEEN, NSW St Anthony’s School, RIVERSIDE, TAS St Augustine’s Primary, NARROMINE, NSW St Cecilia’s Primary School, BALGOWLAH, NSW St Clair High School, ST CLAIR, NSW St Clare of Assisi Primary School, TUGGERANONG DC, ACT St Clare’s Catholic High School, PLUMPTON, NSW St Clare’s Catholic School, DEERAGUN, QLD St Columban’s Primary School, MAYFIELD, NSW St Francis Xavier’s Primary School, BELMONT, NSW St Francis Xavier’s School, MANUNDA, QLD St Gabriel’s Primary School, BEXLEY, NSW St Helena Secondary College, ELTHAM NORTH, VIC St Ignatius College, LANE COVE, NSW St Ives Park Public School, ST IVES, NSW St John the Apostle Primary School, NARRAWEENA, NSW St Johns Park Public School, ST JOHNS PARK, NSW St John’s Primary, TRANGIE, NSW St Joseph’s Primary School, TORONTO, NSW

St Joseph’s Primary School, NARRABEEN, NSW St Joseph’s Primary School, WEST KEMPSEY, NSW St Joseph’s Primary School, PORT MACQUARIE, NSW St Joseph’s Primary School, HILLSTON, NSW St Joseph’s Primary School, NYNGAN, NSW St Joseph’s Primary School, WALGETT, NSW St Joseph’s Primary School, WEE WAA, NSW St Joseph’s Primary School, NAMBOUR, QLD St Joseph’s Primary School, GOULBURN, NSW St Joseph’s Primary School, WANDAL, QLD St Joseph’s School, PARK AVENUE, QLD St Laurence’s School, DUBBO, NSW St Leonard’s College, BRIGHTON EAST, VIC St Madeleine’s Primary School, KENTHURST, NSW St Mark’s Catholic College, STANHOPE GARDENS, NSW St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox College, WATTLE GROVE, NSW St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, DARWIN, NT St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, MACKAY SOUTH, QLD St Mary’s Primary School, ORANGE, NSW St Mary’s Primary School, DUBBO, NSW St Mary’s Primary School, MANLY, NSW St Mary’s Primary School, RYDALMERE, NSW St Mary’s School, HAMPTON, VIC St Mary’s School, NORTH ROCKHAMPTON, QLD St Mary’s Star of the Sea Primary School, HURSTVILLE, NSW St Michael’s Primary School, KALEEN, ACT St Michael’s Primary School, BAULKHAM HILLS, NSW St Michael’s School, GORDONVALE, QLD St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, GOSFORD EAST, NSW St Patrick’s College, CAMPBELLTOWN, NSW St Patrick’s College, Sutherland, SUTHERLAND, NSW St Patrick’s Marist College, DUNDAS, NSW St Patrick’s Parish School, ALBURY, NSW St Patrick’s Primary School, SUTHERLAND, NSW St Patrick’s Primary School, GUILDFORD, NSW St Patrick’s Primary School, GUNDAGAI, NSW St Patrick’s School, EMERALD, QLD St Pauls Catholic College, GREYSTANES, NSW St Paul’s Primary School, GATESHEAD, NSW St Paul’s School, GRACEMERE VIA ROCKHAMPTON, QLD St Peter’s College, CRANBOURNE, VIC St Peter’s Collegiate Girls School, STONYFELL, SA St Peter’s Primary School, PORT MACQUARIE BC, NSW St Peters Public School, ST PETERS, NSW St Peter’s School, ROCKHAMPTON, QLD St Pius X College, CHATSWOOD, NSW St Pius X Primary School, DUBBO, NSW St Pius X Primary School, WINDSOR GARDENS, SA St Raphael’s Catholic School, COWRA, NSW St Rose Primary School, COLLAROY PLATEAU, NSW St Spyridon College, MAROUBRA, NSW St Spyridon College (Primary), KINGSFORD, NSW St Stanislaus College, BATHURST, NSW St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School, CENTENARY HEIGHTS, QLD St Thomas the Apostle Primary School, KAMBAH, ACT St Ursula’s College, TOOWOOMBA, QLD Stanmore Public School, STANMORE, NSW Stradbroke Junior Primary School, ROSTREVOR, SA Strathfield Girls High School, STRATHFIELD, NSW Strathfield North Public School, CONCORD, NSW Stromlo High School, WARAMANGA, ACT Sts Peter and Paul Primary School, GARRAN, ACT Sutherland Shire Christian School, BARDEN RIDGE, NSW Swan Valley Anglican Community School, ELLENBROOK, WA Swansea High School, CAVES BEACH, NSW Sydenham-Hillside Primary School, SYDENHAM, VIC Sydney Boys High School, SURRY HILLS, NSW Sydney Grammar Prep School, ST IVES, NSW Sydney Technical High School, BEXLEY, NSW

Table Top Public School, TABLE TOP, NSW Tahmoor Public School, TAHMOOR, NSW Taroona High School, TAROONA, TAS Tarremah Steiner School, KINGSTON, TAS Telegraph Point Public School, TELEGRAPH POINT, NSW Telopea Park School, BARTON, ACT Tempe Public School, TEMPE, NSW The Entrance Public School, THE ENTRANCE, NSW The Forest High School, FRENCHS FOREST, NSW The Hills Sports High School, SEVEN HILLS, NSW The Illawarra Grammar Senior School, FIGTREE, NSW The Oaks Public School, THE OAKS, NSW The Rock Central School, THE ROCK, NSW The Scots School, BATHURST, NSW Thomas Hassall Anglican College, HOXTON PARK, NSW Thomas Reddall High School, AMBARVALE, NSW Tomaree Public School , SALAMANDER BAY, NSW Toongabbie West Public School, TOONGABBIE, NSW Toorak College, MOUNT ELIZA, VIC Toowoomba State High School Wilsonton Campus, TOOWOOMBA, QLD Toowoomba State High School, Mt Lofty Campus, TOOWOOMBA, QLD Toronto High School, TORONTO, NSW Townsville Central State School, NORTH WARD, QLD Towradgi Public School, TOWRADGI, NSW Tregear Public School, TREGEAR, NSW Trinity Anglican College, THURGOONA, NSW Trinity Christian School, WANNIASSA, ACT Trinity College, BEENLEIGH, QLD Trinity Grammar School, SUMMER HILL, NSW Trinity School, HARDEN, NSW Tumut High School, TUMUT, NSW Turramurra High School, SOUTH TURRAMURRA, NSW Turramurra Public School, TURRAMURRA, NSW Turvey Park Public School, WAGGA WAGGA, NSW Urrbrae Agricultural High School, NETHERBY, SA Victory Lutheran College, WODONGA, VIC Viewbank College, ROSANNA, VIC Virginia Primary School, VIRGINIA, SA Wadalba Community School, WYONG, NSW Waitara Public School, WAHROONGA, NSW Wallaville State School, WALLAVILLE, QLD Wallerawang Public School, WALLERAWANG, NSW Wanniassa High School, WANNIASSA, ACT Waratah Public School, WARATAH, NSW Warwick State High School, WARWICK, QLD Wauchope High School, WAUCHOPE, NSW Wenona School, NORTH SYDNEY, NSW Wentworth Falls Public School, WENTWORTH FALLS, NSW West Pennant Hills Public School , WEST PENNANT HILLS, NSW Westbourne Grammar School, WERRIBEE, VIC Westminster School, MARION, SA Wiley Park Girls High School, PUNCHBOWL, NSW Wiley Park Public School, WILEY PARK, NSW William Clarke College, BAULKHAM HILLS BUSINESS CENTRE, NSW William Stimson Public School, WETHERILL PARK, NSW Willoughby Girls High School, WILLOUGHBY, NSW Willyama High School, BROKEN HILL, NSW Windellama Public School, GOULBURN, NSW Windsor Gardens Secondary College, WINDSOR GARDENS, SA Winmalee Public School, WINMALEE, NSW Wollondilly Anglican College, TAHMOOR, NSW Woonona High School, WOONONA, NSW Wulagi Primary School, WULAGI, NT Wynyard High School, WYNYARD, TAS Xavier College, LLANDILO, NSW Yanco Agricultural High School, YANCO, NSW Yanderra Public School, YANDERRA, NSW Yarrawarrah Public School, ENGADINE, NSW Yass High School, YASS, NSW Yidarra Catholic Primary School, BATEMAN, WA

Pictured right: Avalon Primary School students



Governance OUR BOARD

Lorraine Walker Chair

Rhonda Dunn

Timothy Kitching

Lorraine has 20 years’ experience as a teacher of History, English and Religious Education. From 1990 to 2000 Lorraine was the Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care at a large Catholic School and retired in 2009 as State Coordinator, Student Welfare Programs with the Catholic Education Commission NSW.

Rhonda brings with her extensive business management experience having owned her own highly successful company for many years. With strong HR and IR knowledge, she has proved invaluable to the Boards she is associated with.

Tim brings experience in both the Private and Public Sectors as a senior leader. Tim’s background is in General Management with expertise in Sales Leadership and Support, Operations, Project Management, Risk Management, Compliance and Law Enforcement.

BA DipEd, Grad Cert Religious Education

Cheryl Hayman Deputy Chair BCom, GAICD

Cheryl brings extensive experience in marketing with a variety of corporations, primarily through her role as Marketing Director. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Hayman Strategy which specialises in strategic marketing, social media branding and business consultancy.


Dr Michael Nelson BSc, PhD, MAICD


Christine Van Toorn MCom (Hons), CPA, CISA

A management consultant with over 17 years of global consulting experience across the public and private sectors, Michael specialises in improving, innovating and empowering his clients. Michael also has experience as a teacher in both academic and corporate settings, as an advisor to educational institutions, and as a consultant in education, and educational policy, organisations.

Christine brings industry experience in the fields of Information Systems, IT and Accounting. In her current role as an academic at the UNSW Business School, Christine is also responsible for the management of the Business School’s prestigious IS Co-op Scholarship Programs. Christine’s research include contemporary approaches to eLearning.

Phillip L. Cox Dip. Comm

Prior to retirement Phillip was the Finance Director, Shared Services, for Unilever Asia, Africa, Turkey and the Middle East. In his time with Unilever, he has worked overseas in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Asia. He has extensive experience in financial management.


Pictured left to right: Philip Cox, Lorraine Walker (Chair), Cheryl Hayman (Deputy Chair), Timothy Kitching, Rhonda Dunn, Christine Van Toorn, Michael Nelson.

David Stanton AM Founding director and former Chairman of Peer Support Australia David Stanton was recognised in 2015 for significant service to the community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. David was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. His award recognises significant service to the community through programs to improve the mental, emotional and social wellbeing of young Australians. Thirty years ago when David first heard of a program of peer support for students, he saw its value. He has worked hard ever since to bring the program to life and deliver it to as many young Australians as possible. David served as Chairman of Peer Support Australia from 2005 to 2010 and as Director from 1983 to 2014. It was during David’s term as Chairman that the Peer Support Foundation came to deliver its programs nationally, strengthened its financial position, and stepped up its positioning with a change of name to “Peer Support Australia”. David Stanton has made a significant contribution to the community, in particular to the lives of thousands of young Australians through his service to Peer Support Australia.

Pictured above: David Stanton AM


(Above and right page) Quaker Hill Public School, Quaker Hill, NSW






Peer Support Australia is an active member of Wellbeing Australia, a not-for-profit network of people and organizations committed to developing the healthy relationships that lead to individual and community wellbeing, especially in education. The organisation aims to share information on what is happening in Australasia, link with similar organisations locally and around the world, and encourage others to join us.

The Consultative Education Group was established nearly a decade ago with the aim of consulting widely to ensure our programs and training meet the needs of students and teachers. The Consultative Education Group has representatives from each education sector and related educational organisations such as the P&C Association. It assists in the process of continuous development of our programs to keep them relevant, in line with current educational practice and meeting the needs of young people both today and in the future.

“What I love watching during Peer Support are the students who are not the typical leaders, who are shy or just quiet and don’t stand out in a standard classroom setting, suddenly bloom in the Peer Support role. They are often as surprised as us, if not more so, to know they are doing such a great job.” – K. James, Campbellfield PS















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PO Box 7440 Warringah Mall NSW 2100 Tel: 1300 579 963 Fax: 02 9905 5134 Email: Website: ABN 40 002 634853

Supported by • Australian Government Department of Health • NSW Health Department

• Woodend Foundation • The Raymond E Purves Foundation

Vice Regal Patron His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Peer Support Foundation Limited trading as Peer Support Australia ABN: 40 002 634 853


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VISIT OUR WEBSITE Visit to book Teacher Training Workshops, order Educational Resources and learn more about The Peer Support Program. Facebook Twitter Peer Support Australia is a non-government, not for profit educational organisation supported by the NSW Department of Health and the Australian Government Department of Health National Suicide Prevention Program. Partners include The Raymond E Purves Foundation and The Woodend Foundation. Our mission is to provide school communities with an evidence based, peer led approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of young people. We are honoured to have His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC as our Patron.

Peer Support Insights 2015  
Peer Support Insights 2015