Smarter About Drugs

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Evidence shows that minimising the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs is most effective when people can talk openly and honestly about their ideas and experiences and take ownership of safety strategies.

Australia21 and our YoungA21 youth advisors have partnered with the Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation (ALDAF) to engage young Australians in informed conversations about protecting themselves, their friends and their communities.

Smarter About Drugs takes the unique approach of encouraging young people to critically examine the effectiveness of Australian and international drug policies. It also gives young people the opportunity to suggest ways in which current strategies could be improved, allowing them a voice in public debate on the issue.

Smarter About Drugs: A conversation pack has been developed for a wide age group, from upper primary through to senior secondary students, as well as adolescents and young adults outside of schools. It has been rigorously vetted by teachers and academics and mapped to the curriculum with the assistance of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER). In addition, it’s been adapted for use in other subjects, so schools can take a more holistic approach to drug education. It’s also being used by drug and alcohol counsellors, community groups and other organisations supporting at-risk youth across Australia.

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Australia21: Assoc Prof Yvonne Bonomo launching Smarter About Drugs: A conversation pack

Assoc. Prof Yvonne Bonomo
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

“Analysing the evidence and policy in this area is a great way for young people to learn about the importance of informed decision making.”

Launching Smarter About Drugs: A conversation pack
August 2017


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