School Breakfast Program Briefing Paper
ASSESSMENT 1 – Briefing Paper: nutrition in primary school children
Assessment Worth: 20% of unit mark
The federal Minister for Health has asked you to write a briefing paper (max. 1300 words), comparing the
recent Australian National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey findings for primary school aged children to
current Australian dietary recommendations; and to explore the potential for a national school breakfast
program initiative to address dietary shortcomings in this age group.
As part of this assessment you are required to visit a primary school breakfast program (SBP) and include a
brief case‐study of the program (suggested length 250 words) within your briefing paper.
Note: The marks of students who do not attend a SBP before submitting their assignment will be withheld
until confirmation of attendance has been received from the organiser.
Unit Learning Outcomes:
This assessment will help you achieve the unit learning outcomes:
1. Discuss the issues and challenges for public health nutrition as a discipline
2. Appraise the different dietary requirements and issues specific for different stages of the lifecycle
3. Evaluate effective PHN programs and strategies positioned in an ecological framework
In orientation week / week 1:
1. Sign up to visit a school breakfast program via SONIA:
Select ‘School of Public Health’. Login with your Curtin student ID and OASIS password
a. The visits have been arranged for you; please read the visit instructions in Bb and do not contact
these schools directly. Send any queries to the Unit Co‐ordinator
b. If you wish to visit a different SBP please discuss this with the Unit Co‐ordinator
2. Comply with Curtin insurance and fieldwork requirements, including uploading evidence of your Working
with Children Check to SONIA and bringing it with you on the visit (details in Bb)
3. Nutrition & Health Promotion students: Purchase a discipline specific shirt & name badge (details in Bb)
Before the visit:
4. Think carefully about these instructions and make sure you understand the assignment
5. Read the starting point references given below and begin planning your written submission
a. Make sure you understand what the Foodbank WA School Breakfast Program does, so you know
what you are going to see and write about!
b. Based on your reading write down aspects of the SBP you will visit that you want to include in
your case study. Write down any questions you want to ask the SBP organiser or volunteers.
c. You can begin writing the other sections of the briefing paper before your visit
On the day of the visit:
6. Follow the dress code (see information in Blackboard)
7. Take your WWCC card or receipt
8. Assist with the program – chat to students, make toast, do dishes, whatever is required!
After the visit:
9. Submit a formal, written assignment that follows the CHAS Guide, addressing the above requirements
a. Suggested headings (or similar): Executive Summary, Introduction, Nutrition Among Primary
School Aged Children (subheadings as desired), Recommendations: School Breakfast Programs
(subheadings incl case study as desired), Conclusion, References.
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Required references (compulsory):
The Eat for Health Educator Guide: part of the Dietary Guidelines and Australian Guide to
Healthy Eating resources, and your unit essential text. Available to download from
Nutrition‐related findings from the Australian Health Survey 2011‐13, in particular, the
publication: 4364.0.55.012 ‐ Australian Health Survey: Consumption of Food Groups from the
Australian Dietary Guidelines, 2011‐12, available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics:
Other useful references (optional):
Australian Nutrient Reference Values (NRV). Reports available to download from
World Health Organization Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity
Available from: http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/childhood/en/
o Focus areas: Executive summary (p iv‐1), Introduction (p2‐7), Recommendation 1
(p16‐20) and Recommendation 5 (p30‐1) along with their supporting references.
Butcher, L. M., Chester, M. R., Aberle, L. M., Bobongie, V. A‐A., Davies, C…Begley, A. (2014).
Foodbank of Western Australia’s healthy food for all. British Food Journal, 116(9), 1490‐1505.
Fayet‐Moore, F., Kim, J., Sritharan, N., & Petocz, P. (2016). Impact of breakfast skipping and
breakfast choice on the nutrient intake and body mass index of Australian children. Nutrients,
8(8), 487. DOI: 10.3390/nu8080487
Grieger, J., & Cobiac, L. (2012). Comparison of dietary intakes according to breakfast choice in
Australian boys. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 66(6), 667‐672. DOI:
Ichumar, S. O., Dahlberg, E. E., Paynter, E. B., Lucey, F. M. C., Chester, M. R., Papertalk, L., &
Thompson, S. C. (2018). Looking through the keyhole: Exploring realties and possibilities for
school breakfast programs in rural Western Australia. Nutrients, 10(3), 371. DOI:
Foodbank WA annual program report – please note only the most recent report is acceptable
You are encouraged to research further in order to provide a comprehensive evidence base to
your briefing paper.
Please note the above list includes links to websites that contain journal articles and reports. With
the exception of the AHS, ensure you access and reference the articles and not the websites.
Related learning activities
1. Lecture content in weeks 1‐4 will introduce many key themes of the unit, and support your
understanding of the dietary recommendations for children, current intake data, and other
2. Tutorials in weeks 1‐3 will reinforce some lecture concepts, introduce you to the idea of
schools as a setting for PHN interventions, and build your writing skills with a focus on
briefing papers. We will look at some examples of briefing papers, and briefly explore the
AHS findings and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating in class.
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Advice for the written submission
This question requires an evidence‐based discussion, drawing on a range of sources. Academic
writing and formatting conventions apply and will affect your mark
You are encouraged to use a table to compare AHS intake data to the recommendations:
o It should be your own creation, do not copy something in its entirety
o Refer to the CHAS guide for table formatting requirements
o Ensure you discuss the table & related findings in the body text
o Yes, the table counts toward the word limit. Do not put it in the appendices
The school you visit should only be included as the case study section of your paper, all other
discussion of SBPs should refer to Australian SBPs in general, with references.
o Yes, the case study counts toward the word limit (suggested case study length 250w)
o The case study section of your assignment does not need citations, but should
described using 3rd person (eg, “Brookman SBP has…”, “staff stated…” etc)
o Write about the program, not your visit
As this is a written assessment, you will be graded on your ability to report findings in context,
summarise evidence, form conclusions and make your points clearly and succinctly
o Write in 3rd person, and check spelling and grammar carefully
o Refer to the Curtin Learning Centre’s Online Courses, including “Better Essays”,
“Better Sentences” and “Better Grammar” for assistance
o See the marking guide provided in Blackboard for details on how you will be graded
In order to provide sufficient depth you may need to include additional references to those
o Apply Academic Integrity skills that you learnt in Foundations for Professional Health
Practice to locate credible resources, and then cite, reference and format correctly
Ensure all of your references are credible, recent and relevant. Please use peer reviewed
journal articles or Australian government or industry reports. No websites should be used
except the Australian Bureau of Statistics Website (check with teaching staff if you are
uncertain). You will lose marks if the resources you use are not appropriate, too old, not
relevant or not credible. Resources should be less than 10 years old and ideally Australian.
Ensure you cite thoroughly and include a reference list at the end using APA 6th style. Please
note the reference list provided above is not entirely set out in APA 6th style.
School Breakfast Program Briefing Paper
This briefing paper review the school breakfast program Beckenham Primary School. The paper finds that breakfast program fall short of meeting the Australian Dietary Guidelines because it does not include menu items from all the five good groups that can help students meet their recommended daily dietary intake. From the research findings, school breakfast is an important part of a student’s daily food intake and should help them meet a sizeable part of their daily nutrition needs. Therefore, the paper recommends that the school should have a balanced diet for breakfast, hang nutritional materials in the dining hall to create awareness of good nutrition among children, and the federal Minister of Health should petition for creation of standard guidelines to be followed in planning school breakfast.
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