Term 3 2023 - Teachers / Health Professionals
View this email in your browser
Dear *|FNAME|*,

Welcome to our Term 3 newsletter! In this newsletter, you'll find the latest evidence-based resources to help teachers, educators and health professionals talk to young people about drugs and alcohol.

E-cigarette use and vaping among young people continue to present challenges for schools. 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 a recent feature podcast episode highlighting how Positive Choices resources can help schools tackle this issue.

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! Teachers and health professionals play an important role in helping protect young people from physical and psychological harms, including those related to alcohol and other drug use.

With young people spending more waking hours at school than at home with their parents, teachers are well placed to correct common misperceptions that students have about alcohol and other drugs. Visit the Positive Choices website below for useful tips on how to do this:
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

TER Podcast episode with Positive Choices

Our feature episode on Teachers' Education Review (TER) Podcast is out now! Listen in to Dr Emily Stockings as she explores the growing issue of vaping among school students + how Positive Choices resources can support teachers to address this issue within schools!

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!

New 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.

New resource for GPs helping young people

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation & The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have developed new resources to assist GPs when young people present with concerns about their mental health + alcohol and other drug use. Access them here.
Strong & Deadly Futures is the first culturally-inclusive, drug prevention program for schools that was co-developed with, and for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal students.
Their Year 8 program was successfully implemented in 11 schools across NSW, WA, and QLD in 2022. In the coming weeks, they will be launching their Year 9 Booster Lessons! For more information, click here.
The short-term effectiveness of school-based drug prevention programs has been well established. However, new research has revealed their positive effects can last up to 7 years after such programs are delivered. Our new blog post explores this further.
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.

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

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.
Copyright © 2023 Positive Choices, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

The Positive Choices newsletter is sent out once every term, and contains updates and information relating to the Positive Choices website. Recently published newsletters will take 48 hours to be listed on this page.