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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 3167..


The Australian Government Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR, formerly DEST) has produced a range of resources that support effective drug awareness education in Australian schools. DET works with DEEWR to ensure these resources are made available to schools. The resources include:

    • Resilience Education and Drug Information (REDI), distributed to all schools, focuses on preventing and reducing harm from drug use by helping young people build resilience and helping schools to build a whole of school approach to tackling drug awareness education. The REDI resources are recommended by DET as they help schools address the mandated new Curriculum framework for ACT Schools Preschool to year 10. REDI resources can be accessed at http://www.redi.gov.au/;

    • Innovation and Good Practice in Drug Education monographs, distributed to all schools, are developed to inform school principals and staff about the range of best practices, views and approaches for effective Australian school drug education. The monographs are available at http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/school_education/policy_initiatives_reviews/key_issues/drug_education/monographs.htm;

    • Cannabis and Consequences, distributed to all secondary schools, is designed to strengthen the response of schools to the challenge of drugs. Cannabis and consequences can be accessed at http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/school_education/policy_initiatives_reviews/key_issues/drug_education/cannabis.htm;

    • Leading Education About Drugs (LEAD) provides support to schools and their communities to conduct successful drug education forums using peer participation strategies. LEAD is available at http://www.dest.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/2F26D2C1-2BD4-48CC-A3CD-18526031F2C7/12249/LEADinfobook22May06forwebsite1.pdf.

    • The Principles for School Drug Education, distributed to all schools, provides a framework of core concepts and values for supporting effective drug education practice within schools. The Principles can be accessed at http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/school_education/policy_initiatives_reviews/key_issues/drug_education/principles.htm.

    • Keeping in Touch (The KIT), provided to all school authorities to support school staff in-servicing, has been designed to increase the knowledge and skills of school staff in providing early identification, effective responses and ongoing support to students across a range of drug use issues and incidents. The KIT is available at

http://www.dest.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/A1C906F9-1894-46C0-A741-3D7A0741F9C8/12473/KeepingInTouch_TheKit.pdf

The ACT Government through ACT Health funds 12 non-government alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment and support services for the provision of information and education. ACT Health's Alcohol and Drug Program (ADP), also provides information and education. Materials disseminated by the services are a combination of materials the services have developed themselves and materials obtained from elsewhere. Most of these materials are disseminated to those presenting for treatment and support. Some of the materials are disseminated as part of broader community


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