Term 3 2023 - Parents
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Welcome to our Term 3 newsletter! In this newsletter, you'll find accurate, up-to-date resources to help you talk to your children about drugs and alcohol.

For many parents and families, there is still a lot of uncertainty when it comes to knowing the facts about e-cigarettes and vaping. Below you'll find information on our upcoming webinar which looks at emerging research into young people's views and habits around vaping, as well as our latest factsheet which unpacks the current laws which govern their sale, marketing and use in Australia.

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

Parents and families are crucial to protecting a child's physical and psychological wellbeing. This includes helping to minimise the chances that their child will use drugs and alcohol, or experience harms from their use. 
Visit the Positive Choices website below for some simple ways that you can protect your teen from alcohol and drug related harms:
Don't miss our free, online webinar this Wednesday 9th August at 12.30pm AEST!

Generation Vape is the first research project of its kind to take place at a national level in Australia. One of its main aims is to better understand the awareness, perceptions, attitudes, knowledge and behaviours of e-cigarettes among Australian adolescents aged 14-17 years.

Presented by Dr Bronwyn McGill from The University of Sydney School of Public Health and Dr Shiho Rose from The Daffodil Centre, this webinar will provide:
  • Data on e-cigarette use in Australia
  • Research into access to e-cigarettes in Australia
  • Information about the Generation Vape project and its future directions

Alcohol and risk taking: How to help your teenager stay safe

Teenagers are more like to act on impulses and take risks. Drinking alcohol can also increase risky behaviours. For tips on how to discuss and minimise risk-taking behaviour with your teen, click here.

E-cigarettes, vaping and the law

Do the laws around e-cigarettes and vaping leave your brain in a fog? Our latest factsheet helps clear the air on common myths regarding the sale, use and marketing of vapes in Australia. You'll also find laws specific to your state or territory!

Drug A-Z Factsheet: Kava

Kava is becoming more widely available in Australia due to regulation changes - but what exactly is it? Kava is made from crushed, ground or chewed root of the kava plant mixed with water, and consumed as a drink. To learn more about its effects + who uses it, click here.

Making the Link: How to approach conversations with teenagers

If you find it difficult to have conversations with your teenager about their alcohol or drug use, then check out these role-playing videos which show a motivating, non-confrontational approach you can use when talking with teens.
Did you know that Positive Choices has a online portal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities?
Developed with input from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, the website shares knowledge for parents and families to help you talk to you teen about alcohol and other drugs. You'll also find some resources in Arrernte, Walpiri and Torres Strait Islander Creole. Click here to visit the website!
An Australian study looking at e-cigarette use among Year 12 high school students found that 74% reported they had never used an e-cigarette or vaped, while those who reported engaging in risky drinking and cigarette smoking were most likely to also use e-cigarettes. Read more here.
A paper published in the Drug & Alcohol Review found that rates of adolescent substance use have declined over the past 10-15 years in Australia. It revealed that this decline seems to be driven by teens engaging in less risky behaviours, and not by teens living healthier lifestyles. Read more here.

Looking for tips on how to talk to a young person about alcohol and other drugs? Want to learn more about ways that parents can protect against drug use and related harms? Order your FREE copy of the parents and families booklet today.

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

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