Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4533 ..
(4) Strategies that worked are listed in the brochure, were there any strategies that did not work, if so, what are they and why did they not work;
(5) What work is now being done to further drug education in the ACT following the evaluation of the DEP for School Communities in the ACT;
(6) Have new (a) goals and (b) strategies been set. If so, what are they, if not, why not.
Ms Gallagher:The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:
(1) The evaluation of critical processes underpinning the Drug Education Project (DEP) for School Communities in the ACT was conducted by Bob Reardon as part of course requirements for the Master of Education - Community Health Promotion at the University of Canberra and under the supervision of Richard Broughton, Chair of the Drug Education Project Evaluation Sub-Committee and Dr Katja Mikhailovich, of the University of Canberra.
(2) The conclusions in the brochure were based on information provided by the five schools that participated in the evaluation.
(3) The purpose of the evaluation was to examine changes in educational practice among staff and principals in the sample schools on the delivery of drug education. It also aimed to provide a snapshot of the implementation of the federally funded three year project 'The Drug Education Project for School Communities in the ACT'. All the goals were achieved.
(4) All strategies outlined in the brochure were considered successful by the sample schools.
(5) A number of programs have been undertaken to further drug education in the ACT:
The Commonwealth funded Resilience Education and Drug Information (REDI) resources supporting effective drug education and management in Australian schools were sent to all ACT schools in June 2003. REDI has been designed for upper primary, lower secondary and upper secondary school students. The department will be providing professional development on this package to schools in 2003 and 2004.
DEYFS will continue to train schools in the health promoting schools model. There are ninety-six schools (85 government and 11 non government) that have participated in training since 1999.
School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP) is a program aimed at reducing alcohol related harm to high school students. It is aimed at year 7, year 8 and year 10 students. Training for secondary school teachers on the program is in progress.
The Local School Community Drug Summits Manual has been developed by a team of writers, mainly ACT teachers, as a 'how to"manual for involving the whole school community in drug education.
There are many school-based initiatives such as those recently held by the Woden/Weston Creek/Telopea Park School /Narrabundah College Cluster, which inform students, parents, teachers and the whole school community on current drug information and strategies to minimise harmful drug use.