In 2017/18, FOCIS conducted a literature review and environmental scan of online training and resources, which identified gaps for school canteens. Seeking national collaboration, FOCIS established a national tendering process to engage an organisation that demonstrated commitment to a shared vision; relevant previous experience; and knowledge of the target audience to develop an innovative online training package using national consultation and program piloting. The contract was awarded to the Western Australian School Canteen Association Inc. (WASCA).
WASCA consulted a broad range of national stakeholders to develop training that includes the consistent key components of effective canteen management. A model based on collaboration and meaningful partnerships was used to overcome canteen policy/guidelines diversity and improve nutrition in the school setting.
The training was piloted in all Australian States and Territories.
FOCIS gratefully acknowledges the training development team from WASCA including Megan Sauzier, Amanda Ferguson, Robin Bromley and Leanne Irwin.
Many thanks to the following organisations and individuals who provided content, case studies, images or participated the training pilot.
Applecross Senior High School
Cancer Council WA
ChildD, Child Health in Life and Disease Dietetics, Queensland
Churchlands Primary School
Deakin High School
Department of Education; Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia
Department of Health; Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia
Edith Cowan University
FOCIS Life Member Foodbank WA
Gail Boate, FOCIS Treasurer
Glenelg Primary School
Hallett Cove School
Healthy Eating Advisory Service
Healthy Kids Association
Kent Street Senior High School
Marcelle Coakley, food educator
National Allergy Strategy
NSW Food Authority
NT Council of Government School Organisations Inc.
Nutrition Australia, Australian Capital Territory
Pearsall Primary School
Pip Slaughter, WASCA Executive Committee
South Australian School Canteen Network
St Andrew's Grammar
St Virgil’s College
Star of the Sea Primary School
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
Tasmanian School Canteen Association
Trish Pepper, WASCA Executive Committee
University of Queensland
Victorian School Canteen Association
WA Health Promoting Schools Association Inc
Western Australian Council of State School Organisation
Western Australian School Canteen Association