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Free menstrual hygiene products rolled out for all NSW public school students

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Students at public schools across New South Wales will return to class in 2023 with access to free pads, tampons and in some schools period underwear.

The state government announced today that more than 4600 dispensers had been installed in public schools across the state.

"Getting your period should not be a barrier to education," Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said.

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"I want our young women to feel comfortable in knowing they have access to free sanitary products when they need, in their school.

"Evidence shows that providing sanitary items has a very positive impact on educational engagement and attainment, so we know this program is going to make a huge difference for our students' education."

Some schools will also have access to the Periods, Pain and Endometriosis Program (PPEP-Talk), developed by the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia (PPFA) and co-funded by the federal and state governments.

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The PPEP-Talk will help parents and schools understand endometriosis and pelvic pain and early intervention strategies, and will be delivered at selected public schools throughout the state.

"These PPEP-Talks will allow for both male and female students to be able to discuss women's health in a respectful way that reduces the stigma that can come around women's health," Mitchell said.

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