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Vote for the charity you think deserves $40,000

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In February, we announced six Health Smart partners who each received a share of $240,000 in funding to promote healthy behaviours under the new nib foundation grant program.

Now, we’re calling on the community and nib members to participate in our People’s Choice Vote! You get to decide which Health Smart partner will receive an extra $40,000 to continue to help youth and young adults access the information they need and develop the skills required to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours.

The partners participating in our People’s Choice Vote are the Black Dog Institute, Cancer Council Victoria and Lung Foundation Australia. Find out more about each charity before casting your vote below.

1. Black Dog Institute

With one in five Australians experiencing mental health issues each year (and less than half seeking help), Black Dog Institute’s mission is to drive real-world change where it’s needed most through science, compassion and action.

Since 2018, we’ve partnered with Black Dog Institute to help develop iBobbly, the world’s first suicide prevention app for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia. Funding to date has enabled the team to develop and pilot the app, and ensure the delivery of iBobbly to over 1,400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples working with local communities and organisations across Australia.

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2. Cancer Council Victoria

Since 1936, Cancer Council Victoria has been implementing cancer prevention programs, advocating for policy reform around known risk factors and implementing cancer screening and immunisation programs.

As part of their Rethink Sugary Drink campaign, Cancer Council Victoria has partnered with nib foundation to raise awareness of the health risks linked to drinking sugary drinks and encourage Australians to think twice before consuming them. Through hard-hitting campaigns, Rethink Sugary Drink targets Australia’s highest sugary drink consumers, men aged 14-24, with the aim of exposing the serious damage sugary drink consumption has on their overall health. By encouraging young Australians to think twice before consuming sugary drinks, the goal is to ultimately help lower the burden of disease caused by obesity.

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3. Lung Foundation Australia

The use of vaping products and e-cigarettes among young Australians is on a rapid rise with use by 18 - 24 year olds almost doubling in the last three years and over 13% of non-smokers reporting having used e-cigarettes.

We’ve partnered with Lung Foundation Australia to hold a national roundtable event and develop a Consensus Statement exploring the health risks associated with vaping and young people. The Consensus Statement will act as a national health policy reference and provide well-researched insights into the health effects of vaping and help to ensure better lung health for young Australians.

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Ready to vote?

Watch the videos above to hear how the extra funding boost would help our partners then cast your vote for the charity of your choice through the poll below.

Voting has now closed

Voting closes 11.59pm AEDT 23 November 2020. One vote per person. Winning charity of the People’s Choice Vote to be announced on nib foundation’s Facebook page on 25 November 2020.

About nib foundation

Through nib foundation, we’re helping people live healthier lives. By providing grants and other support to our partners we help deliver innovative programs that make positive and lasting improvements to people’s health and wellbeing. We’ve committed over $21 million in funding to support 166 charity partners to deliver innovative programs that tackle important health issues. Learn more about nib foundation.

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