Term 3 2019- Teachers
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In this issue, we focus on preventing harm from alcohol and other drugs use during the upcoming schoolies. You will find information on: 
With the end of school year looming, Year 12 students will be getting ready to celebrate schoolies. It can be a wonderful time for them, away from home and enjoying with friends. However, it can also expose students to potential dangers.

To ensure your students are safe this schoolies season, it is important to equip them with information on the effects of alcohol and other drugs, and laws around drug-related issues such as underage drinking and drug possession. It is useful to explore strategies that teenagers can use to turn down alcohol and drugs in a party situation. It can help them to know that the majority of teenagers their age DO NOT use illegal drugs, and more and more young people are choosing not to drink alcohol.

We have developed various resources to help teachers communicate with their students about this important topic.
Schoolies: How can you prepare your students?
Due to a lack of information and limited life experience, teenagers often have a lot of misperceptions about alcohol and drug use. Using the information from this factsheet, you can clear common misperceptions that your students might have.
It is important to be aware about the legal consequences of drug use. As a teachers, you can ensure that your students are equipped with this information. This factsheet outlines the legal consequence of drug use, possession, production, import, sale.
Making Choices
During schoolies, teenagers may find themselves in situations where they feel pressured to use drugs or drink alcohol. This factsheet provides tips on what teenagers can do to handle difficult situations.
Parents are often unsure how to handle teenage gatherings and parties. This webinar by Paul Dillon can help parents at your school implement practical strategies to ensure students stay safe. This webinar is available on demand.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources
Teachers play an important role in providing health information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This factsheet provides information on how schools can protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from drug-related harm.
Talking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth about alcohol and other drugs
A non-judgemental approach is most effective when teachers have to discuss about alcohol and other drugs, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers. Our factsheet provide some tips on how teachers can communicate effectively.
See all of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources or follow Positive Choices Facebook or Twitter for updates.


This webinar will be presented by Ms Jennifer Debenham on 11th October from 12:00pm to 01:00pm AEDT. It is for teachers, school staff, parents and others interested in understanding brain changes during adolescence. It will explore how alcohol, MDMA and cannabis use can interfere with the process of brain development. You can register for the webinar here.
Presented by Ms Anna Smout, this webinar is for parents, school staff, and anyone else seeking information about the relationship between social media use and drinking. It provides insight into how parents can protect against alcohol use in adolescence. You can now watch it on demand.
Other News
We are constantly working to improve the accessibility of our website. Accordingly, we have now added 'read aloud' and translator functions. You can now translate our resources to 21 different languages.
"Preventure" Facilitator Training
Aim: The workshops will provide facilitator training to deliver the Preventure program
For: Teachers and mental health practitioners
Cost: $750 for 2 days (includes lunch and therapist manuals)
When: 26-27 September 2019
Time: 09.00am to 04.30pm
Where: The Orana Centre, 2 Rawson Street, Wollongong, NSW
Register your interest now

Events and Conferences

Catch up with the Positive Choices team at one of these upcoming events.
Something you'd like to see on Positive Choices that isn't there? We welcome ideas for new content, so send us an email at info@positivechoices.org.au, and we'll look into it.
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