As schools deal directly with young people and families, they’re well positioned to influence young people’s knowledge, understanding and skills. This helps them make safe and responsible decisions in relation to alcohol and the harm it can cause. Research indicates that early preventative education programs can reduce the use of alcohol and its associated harms, or delay the uptake alcohol and other drugs. Achieving this can even improve the long and short-term health of young people. The Department of Education, Training and Employment; and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority has developed the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program which is integrated into Queensland state school curriculum. This program has been designed to be delivered by teachers to students from years 7 to 12, and can be implemented by the school principal and parents. Click here to read more about this program. Schools can elect to deliver other alcohol and other drug school-based education programs to students. The programs with a specific alcohol and other drug focus, and have demonstrated significant effect include:
- The School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP) is a classroom-based program developed by the National Drug Research Institute through Curtain University. It aims to reduce risky consumption and alcohol-related harm.
- Climate Schools is an online prevention course that has been proven to reduce harm and improve student wellbeing.
- Resilient Families Program was developed by the Centre for Adolescent Health and the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. The program aims to provide activities and resources that encourage family support and education to reduce alcohol and other drug use.
Information in this section has been adapted from the following sources:
- Department of Education and Training, 2015, Alcohol and other drugs education program [Internet]. State of Queensland, Department of Education and Training, Brisbane. Available from: http://education.qld.gov.au/schools/healthy/wellbeing-guidelines/drug-and-alcohol-education.html
- Midford, R, Cahill, H, Foxcroft, D, Lester, L, Venning, L, Ramsden, R, & Pose, M, 2012, Drug education in Victorian school (DEVS): The study protocol for harm reduction focused school drug education trial. BMC Public Health, vol. 12 no. 112. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/112
- Australian Drug Foundation, 2014, Druginfo fact sheet: Preventing alcohol and drug problems through schools. ADF, Melbourne. Available from: http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/fact-sheets/preventing-alcohol-and-drug-problems-through-schools
- Teesson, M, Newton, N, & Barrett E, 2012, Australian school-based prevention programs for alcohol and other drugs: A systematic review, Drug and Alcohol Review vol. 31 p.p.731-736. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2012.00420.x/pdf