Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    ‘Ice pack’ to educate students on drug danger

    29/06/2016 11:30 AM
    • New $250,000 drug education resource now available to schools
    • Part of the WA Meth Strategy which aims to disrupt meth supply and reduce demand 

    Western Australian high schools have joined the national fight against methamphetamine with a new resource kit to help school staff educate students about the harm caused by meth.


    Launching the kit at Applecross Senior High School, Education Minister Peter Collier said it was essential young people were fully informed about drugs, and given the skills to make safe choices.


    "Crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice, is at the extreme end of the drug scale and not widely used by school-aged students, but we simply can't ignore the damage this drug can cause," Mr Collier said.


    The Minister was joined at the launch by Australian international cricketer Brad Hogg, a School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) ambassador, along with Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell.


    The online kit includes fact sheets, a directory of support agencies and a new professional learning program, Talking Drugs.


    The Liberal National Government has invested $250,000 in the kit to give staff, students and parents up-to-date information about methamphetamine and other drugs.


    "Schools will be able to make decisions about which drugs they address directly with their students, and that should be based on the age of students and the communities they live in," Ms Mitchell said.


    "As always, the main focus is on ensuring the health and wellbeing of all students and preventing harm."


    In May, the Government announced a $14.9 million investment in strategies to reduce demand for meth, including frontline drug support nurses and the State Ice Helpline.


    Fact File

    • SDERA is the State Government's primary strategy for drug and road safety education
    • The new resource kit has been available since the start of term 2
    • The resources have been published at http://www.sdera.wa.edu.au   

    Education Minister's office - 6552 6300

    Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400


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