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Pads and tampons will be available free at all New South Wales public schools, with dispensers being rolled out to every school by the end of June.

The rollout follows a 31-school trial in south west Sydney and Dubbo. It means every state school in NSW will have dispensers that will supply pads and tampons for free.

“I want our young women to feel comfortable in knowing they have access to free sanitary products when they need,” said NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell. “We have seen through the pilot program that providing sanitary items has a positive impact on educational engagement and attainment.”

More open discussions needed

It comes after a continued call for access to sanitary products in schools, as well as more open discussions about women’s health.

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

Free pads and tampons have been available in all Victorian public schools since 2019.

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  • This is an awesome way to support our young women! So great.

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  • Such a great idea…I hope that will be nationwide and available for everyone

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  • Such a great idea, ensures all have access.

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  • this is such a great idea a little thing meaning so much to many girls.

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  • This is fantastic. I hope ALL young menstruating students have access.

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  • Fantastic initiative! I hope the girls in these schools appreciate what a step forward this is.

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  • Took a long time but fantastic news!
    It’s definitely needed in a school environment

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  • This is great. I’d really like to see period underwear available too.

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  • about time. Now hopefully the other states do the same thing

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  • That’s great news now the rest of Australia needs to catch up

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  • That’s great news.

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  • Fantastic news! I have horrible memories of getting my period at school and too shy to ask for a sanitary pad.

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  • This is absolutely the right thing to do. Bravo. Now roll it out in all states please.

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  • Great news to read/hear.

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  • Yessss! This is fantastic news. Now we just need a national rollout.

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