Course development

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

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