Term 3 2022 - Teachers / Health Professionals
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Dear *|FNAME|*,

Welcome back to Term 3! In this newsletter, you’ll find useful resources to better educate your students or clients about alcohol and other drugs, as well as trusted information to help prevent alcohol and drug related harms.

We recently hosted a webinar on the current landscape for vaping and e-cigarette use among young people, which has become an increasing concern for parents and schools. Make sure you watch the recording and access our factsheet to find out more!

Also, a friendly reminder that next Friday 12th August is
International Youth Day which recognises the right of every young person to live a safe, happy & healthy life!

Adolescence can sometimes present itself as a challenging time. To help empower your students to make the right choices when it comes to alcohol and other drugs, check out our factsheet here.

To access our other resources for teachers, educators and health professionals interested in drug prevention:
Didn't get a chance to join our webinar on e-cigarettes and young people? No problem! You can access the full webinar recording + slides presented by Dr Emily Stockings from the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use below. This webinar will: 
  • Give an overview of e-cigarette trends in Australia
  • Summarise potentially effective interventions for schools
  • Give an update on upcoming trials and resources
  • Provide some brief tips for engaging in conversations about vaping with young people.

SHAHRP: a school-based intervention

Have you heard of the School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHARHP)? It's a classroom-based program aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm and risky consumption. Developed with students and teachers, it reflects the life experiences of young people and fits well within the school curriculum. To learn more about this trusted alcohol education program, click here.

Talking to a young person about alcohol and other drugs

Sometimes students feel more comfortable talking about their personal issues with a trusted professional than with a family member. Those trained in dealing with drug problems can assist students with accessing appropriate resources and support. This factsheet provides tips for communicating effectively with them about their drug use.

App: Drug Facts For Young People

Young people have to make many decisions when confronted with drugs and alcohol in their lives. Check out this comic-book style app that focuses on decisions around dealing with peer pressure, being a friend, setting goals and making positive choices. Click the link here.

ADF Vaping Factsheet

Vaping is a hot topic right now, with a lot being said about its effects and potential harms for young people. Yet, there’s lots of conflicting and confusing information out there. Check out the Alcohol and Drug Foundation's latest factsheet here to clear the air on vaping.
Did you know that our drug and alcohol information is available in Arrernte, Walrpiri and Torres Strait Islander Creole languages? Positive Choices shares knowledge to help teachers and health professionals talk about alcohol and other drugs with young people. We've created resources and information with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to help young people stay strong and safe. Click here to find resources translated in your local language.
The National Health and Medical Research Council released their 2022 CEO Statement on e-cigarettes based on in-depth evidence reviews and an extensive toxicology report. It suggests that the vapour from e-cigarettes can be harmful, and found limited evidence they are effective at helping smokers quit. Read the full statement here.
A study by the University of Tartu in Estonia evaluating the use of adolescent-created narratives in alcohol abuse prevention found that videos co-created with adolescents showing immediate consequences of alcohol consumption were the best way to reach adolescents. Read more here.
An Australian paper which looked at emerging trends in recreational inhalation of nitrous oxide (N2O) or 'nanging' found that since 2017, social media posts & Internet searches for N2O have increased rapidly, with searches mostly focused on obtaining N2O canisters. Read more here.
Did you know that 86% of Australian teens spend too much time on screens? The Matilda Centre is looking for parents of teenagers to participate in a study around adolescent screen time, sleep & other lifestyle behaviours. Complete the survey here to enter a prize draw to win 1 of 5x $100 gift vouchers! But be quick - entries close 31st August at 5.00pm AEST!

Get your FREE copy of the teachers and schools booklet for more information about school-based drug prevention. There is also a student version that can be used for the purpose of health education!

The aim of this e-newsletter is to provide our subscribers with information about drug prevention resources, and to share relevant news and events.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to teachers and educators within your networks, as well as health professionals interested in drug prevention for young people, and encourage them to subscribe here.
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