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Resource Overview

Origin

Australian

Cost

Free

Content Especially Suited For

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders

Webinar - Effective drug prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth

Drug prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth

Available

Year: Year 5–6, Year 7–8, Year 9–10, Year 11–12
Targeted Drugs: ,

Developers

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney.

Format

1 hour Webinar recording and handout: Available on demand. 

Summary

This webinar is for teachers, parents and others who are seeking information about effective substance use prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

Like all young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers are at risk of drug and alcohol use and related harms. However, research suggests that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth are more likely to initiate drug use at an earlier age and show riskier patterns of use, leaving them more at risk of drug-related harms and associated problems later in life. There are unique contexts and factors relating to drug use for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth that require prevention programs to be tailored to be culturally appropriate.

This webinar will explore what individual, relationship, community, societal and cultural factors are contributing to and protecting against drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. It will provide attendees with an overview of the current evidence of what programs and program elements are effective in addressing these factors and preventing drug use and it will introduce an innovative computerised school-based prevention program that is being developed to be culturally inclusive for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Benefits

This webinar will lead to:

  • Understanding what can contribute to or protect against alcohol and drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth
  • Improved knowledge about the elements that make drug prevention effective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth
  • Introduction to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources on Positive Choices and the development of a new resource for schools

Evidence

This webinar was developed by Dr Mieke Snijder and Ms Briana Lees at the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, and informed by a review of the research evidence on this topic.