Will release new information next year

Commissioner Helen Connolly visited young people in Burra to find out why being healthy was important to them.
Commissioner Helen Connolly visited young people in Burra to find out why being healthy was important to them.

Commissioner for Children and Young People in SA Helen Connolly took her Listening Tour through the Mid North on Monday.

Ms Connolly visited Watervale Primary School and Clare Valley Children’s Centre on November 13 before heading out to Burra later in the afternoon to speak with Regional Council of Goyder chief executive David Stevenson and the Goyder Youth Advisory Committee.

Ms Connolly has been travelling around the state speaking to children and young people about the issues affecting them since she was appointed to her position in March this year.

During these consultation sessions, Ms Connolly asked the children what was important to them.

She said food, fitness and playing sport kept popping up as essential activities for children and young people, for the reason that it kept them healthy.

Ms Connolly is now creating a ‘Being Healthy’ plan to find out more.

She is once again travelling around the state holding consultation sessions with children and young people to further explore the concept of being healthy.

These sessions began in October and will run through to February.

Ms Connolly asked questions such as what does being healthy mean to you, what does a healthy kid look, act, and feel like, and what can adults do to help kids be healthy.

At the Children’s Centre, Ms Connolly had the children draw images of what being healthy meant to them, while students at Burra and Watervale were asked to place magazine clippings and images inside a stick figure.

Discussions with the children also took place during these activities.

The information collected at these consultation sessions, and what the commissioner plans to do with it, will be released in March next year.