Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Parent and teacher meth help boosted in schools

    23/08/2016 6:00 AM
    • $500,000 for new drug education resources for parents and pastoral carers
    • WA Meth Strategy initiative to disrupt supply and reduce demand 

    A $500,000 boost to drug education will help school support staff and parents better understand prevention and treatment of meth use, according to Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell.


    "The funding will strengthen the capacity of pastoral care staff including psychologists, chaplains and nurses to help students understand the misery of meth," Ms Mitchell said.


    "It will also help parents by boosting the ongoing delivery of the successful parent education sessions, which assist them to understand prevention and treatment of meth use.


    "This initiative will put skills and knowledge in the hands of those people who have daily contact with young people who may be susceptible to, or affected by, methamphetamine use."


    Education Minister Peter Collier said the initiative would target young people at increased risk of harm by including resources warning students in Years 11 and 12 about the dangers of meth use.


    These new resources and interactive online materials are aimed at students who are disengaged from mainstream schooling, Aboriginal students in remote school sites and students with special needs.


    "Reducing the impact of meth use on our community is a high priority for the State Government and this is an early intervention initiative aimed at reducing demand," Mr Collier said.


    This funding was announced in the State Budget and is part of the Government's multi-faceted WA Meth Strategy. It is in addition to the recently announced new drug education resource now available to schools.


    Fact File

    • The resources will be developed by the School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) and published at http://www.sdera.wa.edu.au
    • For counselling, information and referral available 24/7, contact the Parent and Family Drug Support Line on 9442 5050 or 1800 653 203 (country callers toll free) 

    Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Education Minister's office - 6552 6300


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