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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, MR RALPH HUNT

TELEVISION PROGRAM TO TEACH CHILDREN HEALTH, HYGIENE '

The Minister for Health, Mr Ralph Hunt, today announced

a $50 000 grant to develop a television program to entertain children

and, at the same time, make them aware of the importance of

caring for their health. ·

The grant, to the Reg Grundy Organisation, is part

of the Government's continuing contribution to the International

Year of the Child.

Mr Hunt said that for too long the emphasis had been

on treating illness, rather than preventing it. ,

1 The transition has to be made from hospitals and

traditional curative medicine to an improvement in people's

health through adoption of a more beneficial lifestyle1,

Mr Hunt said. ·

'It is particularly important to make children aware

of the value of good health, and to instil in them an awareness

of what they can do - through such means as personal hygiene, ι

sensible eating and exercise - to help maintain it'.

Mr Hunt said that the Reg Grundy Organisation was

highly regarded within the media industry, and he welcomed its

interest in health. He was delighted.that Marcia Hatfield,

recognised throughout the world for her expertise in health

education through her Toothbrush Family, would be closely

involved with the project.

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'I think it particularly appropriate that a program

should be developed to teach children basic health principles

in an entertaining way in this, the International Year of the

Child,' Mr Hunt said.

'If we can encourage children to adopt a beneficial

lifestyle, the general health of Australians must improve in

the future. The Government desires to encourage people to live

healthier life styles .

'This grant complements special efforts to be undertaken

directly by my Department in the coming year to promote better

health. As I announced in Parliament on 24th May, $500 000 will

be allocated to the development and testing by my Department of

a national health promotion program.'

CANBERRA. 22 JUNE 1979