Schools share meth ed­u­ca­tion cash

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

School com­mu­ni­ties in re­mote and re­gional ar­eas of WA are set to re­ceive ex­tra re­sources to bet­ter ed­u­cate staff and par­ents on coun­ter­ing the scourge of metham­phetamine use un­der an ex­tended drug ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram.

The State Govern­ment has an­nounced $500,000 to ex­tend the ex­ist­ing drug ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram from sup­port body School Drug Ed­u­ca­tion and Road Aware over two years, with a fo­cus on Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents in re­mote school sites, stu­dents dis­en­gaged from main­stream school­ing and with spe­cial needs.

The fund­ing will in­clude more re­sources and in­ter­ac­tive on­line ma­te­ri­als for Year 11 and 12 stu­dents, ex­tend­ing ex­ist­ing Talk­ing Drugs par­ent ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions in re­gional ar­eas for another two years, and ex­tra train­ing for sup­port staff.

Men­tal Health Min­is­ter An­drea Mitchell said the ad­di­tional money would bol­ster schools’ abil­ity to counter meth use among young peo­ple by en­sur­ing all el­e­ments of the school com­mu­nity were ed­u­cated on the is­sues.

“The fund­ing will strengthen the ca­pac­ity of pas­toral care staff, in­clud­ing psy­chol­o­gists, chap­lains and nurses to help stu­dents un­der­stand the mis­ery of meth,” she 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.”

A Men­tal Health Com­mis­sion spokes­woman said the ma­jor­ity of the re­mote com­mu­nity schools likely to re­ceive the new re­sources were in the Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley and lessons would be tai­lored in con­sul­ta­tion with Abo­rig­i­nal ed­u­ca­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives, specialists and teach­ing and sup­port staff.

She said the pro­gram could be­gin as soon as next year.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier said early in­ter­ven­tion was im­por­tant to re­duce de­mand for meth.

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