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Policy Ask: Mandate the use of alcohol and other drug education programs in schools

Mandate the use of alcohol and other drug education programs in schools

The Department of Education and Training has made a vast number of resources available to schools for alcohol and other drug education, however little evaluation of these programs appears to have been undertaken and implementation is at the discretion of the school principal. School based alcohol and other drug education programs should be grounded in the evidence of what works to effect behaviour change, be implemented as intended and evaluated for their effectiveness. Effective alcohol and other drug school education programs are evidence-based and have a focus on social norms, an interactive style, and achievable and measurable goals. They also offer teacher training and a whole of school approach.

QCAA will continue sharing content about the Platform on social media, and would appreciate it if you could also encourage your networks to share with their connections. You can support us by: 1. Creating your own tweets (you can use the images attached) 2. Using the tweets below 3. Re-tweeting @QLDCAA tweets on Twitter

Tweets you can share: • Mandate use of evidence-based behaviour changing #AOD education programs in #QLDpol schools #qldvotes #alcohol @katejonesqld @TracyDavis_MP @CameronDickqld @JPLangbroek • Effective #AOD school education programs are evidence based, interactive, focus on social norms & have achievable goals #alcohol #QLDpol #QLDvotes @katejonesqld @TracyDavis_MP @CameronDickqld @JPLangbroek

Today on Twitter @QLDCAA will be sharing a short video by Anne Russell, looking at the need to better address FASD-related issues in Queensland, so I encourage you to please share the video with your networks.

Thank you for your support in promoting these necessary and popular measures to reduce alcohol harm.



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