Free menstrual products will be available to students in Dubbo and Western Sydney as part of a pilot program offering tampons and pads to students.
The Liberals & Nationals Government is commencing the trial to run over the next two terms, with the aim to reduce barriers for students.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the trial covers 16 local schools, as well as 13 in the Western Sydney area.
“As a father of two daughters I know puberty is a difficult time in a young person’s life, and for girls that is exacerbated by the emotions that can be felt when menstruation commences. Unfortunately it’s a bit of a taboo topic but the NSW Government is committed to helping young girls through this difficult time,” Mr Saunders said.
“Unfortunately it’s a fact that ‘period poverty’ exists in Australia but with the development of healthy norms and practices in school, young girls can be supported and educated when it comes to the emotional and physical changes that occur.
“This trial is the first of its kind and it will ensure young girls have access to the products they need when they need them, even if that is at school.
“I’m thrilled Dubbo gets to play a role in this inaugural trial and I know principals will provide valuable feedback to assist with a broader rollout across the State.
The program will be trialled at Dubbo College Delroy Campus, Dubbo College Senior Campus, Dubbo College South Campus, Dubbo North Public School, Dubbo Public School, Buninyong Public School, Dubbo South Public School, Dubbo West Public School, Eumungerie Public School, Geurie Public School, Narromine Public School, Narromine High School, Orana Heights Public School, Trangie Central School, Wongarbon Public School, Yawarra Community School.