Principals and assistant principals in Victoria will soon be provided with a $5.2 million support and well-being package from the Victorian Government.
The new Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy will support Victoria’s 3,000 government school principals and assistant principals to stay healthy and happy at work through new programs and resources.
The package includes seven new pilot initiatives that will tackle head on the mental and physical challenges faced by principals across Victoria.
The initiative includes an early intervention program that allows principals to confidentially access health providers to positively manage their physical and mental health and a new mentoring program that will pair principals with their more experienced peers for advice and support.
The strategy’s free and confidential health checks have already been accessed by more than 180 principals. These are being delivered by independent workplace medical firm InjuryNET and include a medical examination covering pathology, lifestyle and mental health.
“We know our principals work incredibly hard to give Victorian kids a great education. This is all about developing effective evidence-based programs, support structures, and resources that help them stay healthy and happy in the job,” said Minister for Education James Merlino.
“Victorian principals are at the forefront of creating the Education State, so we’re proud to be giving them the support and tools they need to positively manage their mental and physical health.”