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Drug Action Week.

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24 June 2003 MIN 383/03

With education playing a vital role in the ongoing campaign against drug and alcohol abuse in Australia, I welcome the opportunity to promote the work being undertaken around the nation during this year’s Drug Action Week.

Running from 23 - 28 June 2003, the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) initiative seeks to give Australians a greater understanding of how drug and alcohol abuse is being addressed and also acknowledges outstanding work that is being done to tackle drug and alcohol related problems.

The release of the Commonwealth’s REDI - Resilience Education and Drug Information resources and the ‘Innovation and Good Practice Monographs’ to Australian schools earlier this year, continues the Government’s ongoing commitment to enhancing drug education.

Developed under the $27.3 million National School Drug Education Strategy, both sets of resources are designed to help schools fine-tune their approach to drug education and in turn, intensify the fight against drugs.

In addition to this, the Commonwealth will provide a further $5.3 million next financial year to help school communities provide a safe and supportive environment for students and build on the progress made in school drug education.

The Howard Government is strongly committed to addressing the complex issues surrounding drug and alcohol abuse in our communities.

Drug Action Week highlights the strong partnerships between Government, parents, teachers and the professional and volunteer community organisations that work tirelessly to reduce the harm associated with drug and alcohol abuse.

I commend the ADCA and all involved for their efforts in ensuring that our children are given every opportunity to lead fulfilling and healthy lives free from the dangers of drugs

and other high risk activities.

Media contact:

Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095

Dept of Education, Science & Training: Virginia Cook 0412 971 323