Welcome to the Party Safe Education teachers page. Here you will find information about:
- Best practice for educating young people about alcohol and other drugs.
- Helpful resources to assist with the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and Child Protection Curriculum.
Encounter Youth always aims to provide relevant, research-based, up to date information and services to young people. How do we achieve this? How can you ensure you achieve this with your young people? One of the most important ways to find out is by asking the young people what they want from alcohol and other drug education.
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In a recent survey by the Australian National Council on Drugs, more than 2000 young Australians (aged 16 to 25) were asked about their opinions on alcohol and other drug issues particularly around what they want from Drug Education provided to them1.
Young people believe…
“By having access to reliable and balanced information, participants believed that young people would be equipped to make their own informed decisions about the risks, or benefits, of using drugs.”
“…by having access to unbiased and ‘real’ information, young people would be equipped to make informed autonomous choices…”
“To fix the problems, people need objective, researched information about various effects that drugs and alcohol can do, and what consequences they can have, short and long term. Allow people to make up their own minds, with the proper research to back them up.”
Young people desire…
“…policy frameworks that give them and their peers the freedom to make their own choices (with the support of accurate information, access to services and harm reduction options)….”
“…drug education that was perceived to be balanced, ‘real’ and non-judgmental, with programs delivered by ‘outsiders’ (not teachers or those in positions of authority).”
A strong theme throughout this paper is that young people want to feel like they’re empowered to make their own choices. Young people are developing into young adults and want to be acknowledged appropriately. This is where developing programs and lessons needs to start.
Alcohol & Drug Information Services across Australia
Alcohol and Drug Information Services (ADIS) are available in each Australian state or territory who are able to assist with your query or refer you to an appropriate service.
The ADIS numbers for each state and territory are listed below:
NSW ADIS: (02) 9361 8000 or 1800 422 599
VIC DirectLine: 1800 888 236
SA ADIS: (08) 8363 8618 or 1300 131 340
WA ADIS: (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024
QLD ADIS: (07) 3837 5989 or 1800 177 833
TAS ADIS: 1800 811 994
NT ADIS: 1800 131 350
ACT ADIS: (02) 6205 4545