Supporting student’s physical activity

Barwon Valley School students will be able to improve their physical activity thanks to state government funding.

The school will receive more than $45,000 from the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC) small grants program for new smart technology devices to increase physical activity participation.

Minister for WorkSafe and TAC Danny Pearson said the devices would support inclusive and accessible physical activity in students aged 12 to 18.

“This grant will ensure all students at Barwon Valley School have access to the equipment they need to maintain and advance their health and wellbeing,” he said.

“By supporting the TAC’s Small Grants Program we’re ensuring the school can meet the unique needs of every student, improving their lives and independence.”

Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman said it was important that everyone could participate in every aspect of the school environment.

“Everyone deserves to be included in physical activity regardless of their needs and abilities. This grant will make a big difference for students at Barwon Valley School,” he said.

TAC chief executive Tracey Slatter said the grants program supported innovative and community-led projects that improved the lives and independence of people with life-altering injuries.

“The program supports projects that offer real and practical solutions to the challenges people with a disability face, with the core aim of giving every person independence and autonomy within their life,” she said.

The school will work with Monash University’s occupational therapy students to collect and analyse data on participation in physical activity and the new technology’s effectiveness.

TAC small grants program recipients also included $49,950 for Monash Care Companions, $47,653 for EnAccess Maps, $50,000 for Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability, and $49,875 for Inclusion Melbourne INC.