Toolooa State High School Application For Share The Dignity Vending Machine Successful

Toolooa State High School Application For Share The Dignity Vending Machine Successful

Local high school one of 120 prospective Queensland schools to be provided with free period care products.

In an innovative bid to end period poverty in Queensland schools, Share the Dignity is installing 120 Dignity Vending Machines over the next three years in schools throughout the state. The goal of the program is to alleviate emotional stress associated with periods for students in school, and provide students with free period care.

The vending machines will dispense free ‘period packs’ each containing six tampons and two pads at the push of a button. All machines are programmed with a ten minute wait time, or three minutes in schools, to ensure no packs are wasted.

The idea behind the vending machines is to support people who are undergoing tough times, whether that be homelessness, financial struggle, or any sort of life crisis. The dignity vending machines will guarantee that proper period care is not simply another thing for people to worry about.

The vending machines in schools will ensure that young people will be able to focus on their education, and not about accessing supplies to manager their periods.

Toolooa State High School is one of five Central Queensland schools to be provided with access to one of these vending machines, being one of 62 schools out of 200 applications from independent and state schools around the state.

As well as the dignity vending machines, all schools will have access to the Period Talk education program, which will run over the three-year course of the Share the Dignity initiative. This program will help to educate young people more about menstrual cycles and proper period care.

The next applications for a Dignity Vending Machine will open in early Semester 2 of this year.