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July 25, 2014

SCHOOL HEALTH AND ALCOHOL HARM REDUCTION PROJECT

The National Drug Research Institute developed a program called the "School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project" (SHAHRP) a few years back, but we think it's worth revisiting.  SHAHRP is a school-based curriculum program that aims to reduce alcohol-related harm in young people who use alcohol.  The program was developed and evaluated over a 32 month period - the first phase is designed to be implemented in the first year of secondary school (prior to significant alcohol consumption commencing for most young people) over 8 - 10 lessons while the second phase occurs in the following year with 5 - 7 lessons.  The evaluation of the program demonstrated an immediate effect in reducing the harm that young people experience from alcohol as well as a 20% reduction in the amount of alcohol consumed.  Some of the SHAHRP materials have a moderate cost although this isn't as prohibitive as some programs.

Go to SHAHRP website to find out more.

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July 11, 2014

DOVETAIL SCHOOLS AND DRUGS WEBINAR

A friendly reminder that our next webinar "Schools and Drugs" is coming up very soon - next Thursday the 17th of July from 12.30pm - 1.30pm.  The webinar will include an overview of the research into best practice school alcohol and other drug education and prevention, as well as an overview of some of the best tools and resources that can assist school-based workers. Anyone with a computer and internet access can log in and join the live webinar, just make a cuppa, grab your lunch and tune in.  If you can't make it, we'll be recording the presentation and it will be available on our YouTube account a couple of weeks after the event.

To participate in the webinar follow these easy steps:

1. On the day of the seminar, go to this link

2. Select `PARTICIPANT`

3. Enter Webinar Registration Code: 52365378

5. Enter your name

6. Join the Webconference (it may take a minute or two to load)

7. Turn up the sound on your computer (or preferably use headphones)

Note: For best results use the Firefox Web Browser

See you there!

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May 16, 2014

NATIONAL SURVEY OF AUSTRALIAN SECONDARY STUDENTS AND SEXUAL HEALTH 2013

LA Trobe University has published their 5th "National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health". The study involved over 2000 students in year 10, 11 and 12 from public as well as independent schools in all states and territories of Australia. The study looked at knowledge of sexual health issues, sexual behaviours, beliefs and perceptions, fertility, alcohol and other drug use, internet and social media use, as well as young people's views on sexuality and relationship education.

Download "National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2013" (488KB PDF)

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October 25, 2013

THE SURFERS PARADISE SCHOOLIES RESPONSE: FREE WEBINAR FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1ST 11AM

Schoolies Week is fast approaching and as we get closer no doubt media reports of "drugs destined for schoolies" are likely to increase. But what is it really like on the ground for the support services that work with young people who might be intoxicated or at risk? Join us for our next webinar titled "The Surfers Paradise Schoolies Response." Angela Driscol from Gold Coast Youth Service takes us through the nitty gritty on Friday November 1st at 11am.

 

Overview:

Love it or hate it, few things inspire as much debate, or media coverage, in Queensland as the annual Schoolies festivities. This seminar attempts to look at Schoolies through a risk management and community perspective. Since 2006, the Queensland Government has taken co-ordination responsibility of the event, resulting in not only a streamlined event, but accusations of government support for underage binge drinking. Is there a middle ground to ameliorate risk, keep all sections of the community happy and mark the achievement of school leavers? Sadly, I won't be answering these questions during the webinar, but it should make for an interesting discussion.

 

Angela Driscoll - Bio

 

Angela has worked with young people and their families in the fields of youth work, education, family support and counseling. Since 2000, Angela has been the Co-ordinator of the Chill Out Zone late night support service in Surfers Paradise. This position involves running a unique service, education for professionals, young people and their parents and engagement with diverse stakeholders to address alcohol related harm in night time environments. Angela has been extensively involved in the Schoolies period since 2000, both as a service provider, advisor and stakeholder.

 

Instructions:

 

1. On the day of the seminar, go to this link

2. Select `PARTICIPANT`

3. Enter Webinar Registration Code: 52365378

5. Enter your name

6. Join the Webconference (it may take a minute or two to load)

7. Turn up the sound on your computer (or preferably use headphones)

Note: You will need to be using the Firefox Web Browser for best results.

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October 25, 2013

SAFER PARTYING TIPS FOR SCHOOLIES

Staying on the Schoolies Week theme, as the week approaches, Dovetail's phone rings off the hook with schools and other youth services desperately looking for good quality information to help keep young people safe.  The Australian Drug Foundation's new website "The Other Talk" has prepared a webpage with information on staying safe, helping friends, and what to do in case of an emergency.  The webpage also contains links to local information sources as well.

Go to "Safe Partying Tips for Schoolies"

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August 23, 2013

BRIEF INTERVENTIONS IN THE SCHOOL SETTING

Drug and Alcohol Findings this week published an article focused on some research from the United States, that looked at intervention approaches for young people suspect or caught using substances at school. Over a 26 month period, students in the selected schools were referred to one of two brief intervention programs, either with or without a follow-up home visit to see the parents. A control group was also selected, which received an assessment only - no brief intervention. The researchers found that the brief intervention sessions were more effective than assessment only, and that parental involvement improved outcomes.

Go to "Findings: Brief interventions in the school setting"

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July 19, 2013

SCHOOL CONNECTEDNESS: HOW TO INCREASE PROTECTIVE FACTORS AMONGST YOUNG PEOPLE

The United States Centre's for Disease Control has published a report titled "School Connectedness: Strategies for increasing protective factors among youth".  There is a wide range of evidence that demonstrates the protective impact of school connectedness.  Young people who feel that adults and their peers at school care about their learning and development tend to have less rates of risky behaviours.  There are specific strategies that schools and other services can implement to increase a young person's sense of connectedness.  These factors include adult support, positive peer groups as well as things like the physical environment of the school.

Download "School Connectedness: Strategies for increasing protective factors among youth". (1.1MB PDF)

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March 1, 2013

SCHOOL DRUG EDUCATION RESOURCES

The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development have released new alcohol and other drug curriculum resources for years 7 - 9.  These resources have been trialled in 21 schools with 1750 students and comply with best-practice principles of school drug education.  The "Get Ready" resources are designed to be delivered in 10 sequential lessons, which have been demonstrated to be the most effective delivery method.  The resources include a teacher manual and a student workbook for each of the three year levels, as well as a very handy "Teachers Guide to Licit and Illicit Drugs". The resources are free to download from the department's website.

Go to "Get Ready Years 7-9 Curriculum: Drug Education in Victorian Schools"

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October 26, 2012

HOW YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FARING: 2012

The Foundation for Young Australians have published their annual "How Young People are Faring" report, which looks at how young people are managing the transition from education to further training and work.  The report considers a number of domains including participation in education, school attainment, the youth labour market as well as identifying those most in need of support through transition.  The report also looks at those young people who are not in employment, education or training and considers the social implications of this.

Download "How Young People are Faring: 2012" (690KB PDF)

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October 5, 2012

SHOULD ADULTS BE DRINKING ALCOHOL AT SCHOOL EVENTS?

A recent article on "The Conversation" website asks the question: "Mirror ball, mirror ball, in the school hall: are parents allowed any booze at all?"  Nyanda McBride, Senior Research Fellow with the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, poses the question.  Some argue that modelling responsible drinking could be of benefit to young people, and allowing parents to responsibly consume alcohol at school functions could allow this to occur.  McBride argues, however, that we need to reduce the social acceptance of alcohol in order to reduce consumption and we do this by showing young people that adults are capable of having a good time without using alcohol.

Read more at The Conversation Website

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