Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    New meth workshops for South-West parents

    6/10/2016 6:00 AM
     
    • New parent-teacher meth workshops to be rolled out in the South-West
    • $500,000 to develop and deliver the new meth-focused workshops

    The Liberal National Government will commence the rollout of its new methamphetamine-focused School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) workshops in the South-West early next year.

     

    Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the workshops would support teachers, parents and others wanting more information about meth and its potential harms.

     

    "Through these workshops, parents and teachers in the community who have a concern or interest will be able to obtain accurate information about meth, the possible consequences of its use and what can be done to reduce harm and prevent use by students," Ms Mitchell said.

     

    "The new workshops are based on SDERA's successful Talking Drugs workshops, which have already been delivered to staff and parents at four locations in the South-West this year."

     

    SDERA received $500,000 to develop and deliver the new meth-focused workshops and other school resources as a key initiative of the $14.9 million Western Australian Meth Strategy 2016 announced by the State Government in the May State Budget.

     

    The funding will enable the new workshops and targeted professional development for school support staff to be delivered across the State over two years.

     

    Six of SDERA's Talking Drugs workshops have already been held in Busselton, Manjimup, Bunbury and Dalyellup, with a total of 59 school staff and 103 parents participating.

     

    More than 100 parents and teachers have already registered an interest in attending the first of the new meth-focused workshops to be held in Collie in January 2017.

     

    The complete calendar of workshops for 2017 is currently being finalised.

     

    This SDERA initiative forms part of the Western Australian Meth Strategy 2016 and complements other work currently being delivered in the South-West region by the South West Community Drug Service Team, Meth Helpline and Drug Aware methamphetamine campaign.

     

    Fact File

    • The project works with public and private schools and the wider community, in the provision of best practice resilience, alcohol and other drug and road safety education 
    • For more information on the Western Australian Meth Strategy 2016, click here
    • Meth Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 874 878

    Minister's office - 6552 5400

     

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