NSW public schools to offer free sanitary products

Sanitary products are set to be available for free at all New South Wales public schools under a new $30 million state government program.

“I want our young women to feel comfortable in knowing they have access to free sanitary products when they need,” Ms Mitchell said.

Students will have access to free pads and tampons. (Nine)

The initiative will provide every state school with dispensers that will supply tampons and pads for free.

It follows a trial of the program in 31 schools in South Western Sydney and the Dubbo region.

“We have seen through the pilot program that providing sanitary items has a positive impact on educational engagement and attainment,” Ms Mitchell said.

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Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said many young women had been calling for the rollout.

“By openly discussing periods, endometriosis and reproductive health we are removing the taboo around women’s health issues,” Ms Taylor said.

The program is expected to be rolled out to every school by the end of June.

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