LIFE EDUCATION TO HOST LOCAL COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ABOUT DRUG EDUCATION

Tamworth residents are urged to attend a community discussion to mark the launch of a new drug awareness module targeted at upper primary school students.

Year five and six students from Tamworth will be among the first in the nation to take part in Life Education’s Decisions module, which includes information about legal as well as illegal drugs, including ice.

Life Education NSW works with more than 60 per cent of local schools and sees around 3,000 children across the Tamworth local government area.

While Life Education’s program – which has been running in Australian schools for 36 years – has always discussed legal drugs such as tobacco, alcohol and caffeine, this is the first time it has covered content in relation to illegal drugs in its primary school program.

Life Education NSW CEO, Kellie Sloane said that the module, which is funded by the federal government’s Ice Taskforce, will support the work being done in Tamworth and the region.

“We recognise that ice as a factor within a broader drugs program is vital in areas like Tamworth. Regional areas in NSW have double the rates we see in the cities,” Ms Sloane said.

“Decisions is a new curriculum-linked module which supports 10-14 year-olds’ understanding of the impact of alcohol and other drug use.  By offering schools the choice of content for its students; either on legal drugs, or on drugs that are legal and illegal, Decisions is a contemporary response to community need.

“We want to make sure that students really understand the facts so they can make informed decisions. We invite the local community to come to our Decisions information session and Q&A to find out more about this module.”

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said Life Education is playing an important role in the local Ice Action Group’s three key areas of education, rehabilitation and support, and says the community discussion will give an opportunity to discover what steps are being taken to educate young people about the dangers of substance abuse.

“We know that educating young people about the dangers associated with drugs can have an effect on their future choices which is why this program could have wide spread benefits in our community.

“It’s important that the community can engage with local professionals as well to gain an understanding of the direction we are heading in the fight against ice which is why I am encouraging people to attend this community discussion.”

Life Education will host a community discussion to launch the new drug education module Decisions.

Date: Monday 14th November 2016.

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm (registration from 5:45pm)

Place: Grand Ballroom at Tamworth West Diggers Club, Kable Ave, Tamworth NSW 2340

RSVP: Please register online by Monday 7 November 2016 at http://lenswtam.eventbrite.com.au

If you have questions or need further information please contact Life Education NSW on (02) 9673 3222 or email nsw@lifeeducation.org.au         

About Decisions

‘Decisions’ is a curriculum-linked flexible module, offering schools a choice of content for its students; either on legal drugs, or on drugs that are legal and illegal.

Its aim is to supports 10-14 year-olds to develop an understanding of the impact of alcohol and other drug use; build their capacity to make responsible, safe and informed decisions, and develop their ability to manage challenging situations effectively.

The new module will facilitate a discussion around drugs such as medicines, including analgesics, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol, as well as cannabis and amphetamines. It will explore the decision making process and improve decision making skills by looking at choices, consequences, responsibility, facts, information, and influences.

This education will be factual, preventive in nature, and age appropriate, reflecting best practice in the delivery of school drug education.

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