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New study to guide drug education for young people.



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MINISTER FOR

EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TRAINING THE HON DR BRENDAN NELSON MP

MEDIA RELEASE

26 May 2003 Min 359/02

NEW STUDY TO GUIDE DRUG EDUCATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

A new study released today will offer valuable strategic direction for drug education in Australian schools under the Commonwealth’s $1.674 million Innovation and Good Practice research project.

Launched at the 4th International Conference on Drugs and Young People in New Zealand, the Innovation and Good Practice Monographs are a series of eight specialist papers that identify successful approaches to drug education as well as areas for improvement.

The monographs provide direction for teachers so that they can concentrate their efforts to achieve the best results.

The monographs focus on techniques that students are most responsive to, allowing teachers to take a best practice approach.

Over 90 schools participated in the Innovation and Good Practice research project which involved reviewing, analysing and documenting their drug education methods to determine what works best in the classroom.

In addition to the monographs, a separate report shares the project results and provides insight into a range of issues that impact on successful drug education. Student wellbeing, community support and school curriculum were among the issues explored.

One of the main findings was that student safety, engagement, connectedness, self-worth and resilience are the most vital elements of successful drug education.

The monographs, combined with the REDI - Resilience Education and Drug Information resources that I released for schools earlier this month, are a major milestone for the Commonwealth’s $27.3 million National School Drug Education Strategy. Both sets of resources present information in a simple and thought-provoking format.

I commend the schools involved with this project for their commitment to enhancing drug education in Australia.

Copies of the monographs will be sent to all Australian schools in mid-2003.

The full report and other key school drug education resources can be accessed at: www.redi.gov.au

Media contact:

Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095

Dept of Education, Science & Training: Monique Crook 0412 738 087

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 Australia y Tel: (02) 6277 7460 Fax: (02) 6273 4116