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Inquiry into the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People in WA (Oct. 2010)

Submission - Inquiry into the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children & Young People in WA (Oct. 2010)

This submission is written on behalf of the Physical Activity Taskforce (the Taskforce) to provide comment on the 'Inquiry into the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in WA'.

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The submission aims to assist in the development of a roadmap to give Western Australia a clear direction for action on how to strengthem children and young people's mental health.

Key recommendations for consideration include:

  1. To promote physical activity to improve mental wellbeing and prevent mental health problems in young people based on the National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians that outline the minimum levels of physical activity required to gain a health benefit and ways to incorporate incidental physical activity into everyday life.
  2. To advocate for more supportive built environments that are inclusive and promote health and wellbeing through opportunities and access to physical activity.
  3. To review the key findings and strategies for action in the final report ‘Move and Munch’ of the Child and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (CAPANS) 2008.
  4. To identify opportunities to provide input into the range of activities undertaken by the Taskforce and its stakeholders that adds value to the mental and physical wellbeing of children and young people.