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Ms Tara Guckel, Research Assistant, Positive Chices
Ms Felicity Duong, Communications Officer, Positive Choices
Dr Kylie Routledge, Project Manager, Strong & Deadly Futures
Dr Smriti Nepal, Project Manager, Positive Choices
Dr Lexine Stapinski, Project Lead, Positive Choices

About this session

Positive Choices is an online portal to help school communities’ access accurate, up-to-date drug education resources and prevention programs. 

Hear from Positive Choices Research Assistant, Tara Guckel; Communications Officer, Felicity Duong; Project Manager, Dr Smitri Nepal; Strong & Deadly Futures Project Manager, Dr Kylie Routledge and Clinical Psychologist and Lead in Intervention and Implementation at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, University of Sydney, Dr Lexine Stapinski. 


Strong & Deadly Futures is the first school-based alcohol and drug prevention program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students that is culturally inclusive, incorporates cultural strengths and focuses on empowerment of the students.

The program combines illustrated story lines with interactive classroom activities. It is currently being developed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous high school students around the country.


Evidence-based drug education

What schools can do to prevent drug-related harms

This presentation discusses the role schools can play in drug and alcohol prevention and the importance of evidence-based prevention practices. We will also discuss the nationally funded portal, Positive Choices, which was established to help school communities’ access accurate, up to date, evidenced informed drug and alcohol information and prevention resources. We will highlight two school-based drug & alcohol prevention programs- one of which is co-designed with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students known as Strong & Deadly Futures.

  • Understand how common drug and alcohol use is among young people

  • Learn which strategies are most effective in preventing harm from alcohol and other drugs

  • Find programs that can be implemented in schools (such as Strong & Deadly Futures)

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome!

    • Speakers

    • Downloadable Coursebook

  • 2


    • Drug & alcohol use among young people

    • Accessing evidence-based drug education

    • Drug prevention programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

    • Case studies and Q&A

  • 3


    • Test your learning

    • TQI Registered Teacher Documentation

  • 4


    • What did you think?

  • 5


    • Some resources to share

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