Schools share meth education cash
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.