Abstracts

Abstracts for all presentations offered to school communities are available.

Student Presentations 2017

Year 10
Young people, alcohol and risk taking: Looking after your mates

This introductory presentation focuses primarily on alcohol and attempts to debunk some of the myths in this area, particularly around how to look after friends. In an effort to ensure that young people are able to make healthier choices, it provides accurate, up-to-date and credible information, including the latest prevalence rates of alcohol and other drug use by secondary school students, the risks associated with drinking spirits, as well as the dangers associated with the disinhibiting effect of alcohol. Basic life skills will also be discussed around alcohol-related emergencies, particularly in regards to looking after themselves and their friends.

Year 11
Alcohol and cannabis: What if something goes wrong?

Building on the information delivered in the Year 10 session, this presentation again focuses on the risks around alcohol use for young people, as well as introducing information on cannabis. Practical strategies around ‘looking after your friends’ will be reviewed and additional information provided. Potential harms associated with cannabis use will be discussed, with a particular emphasis on its impact on mental health. Students will then be given some warning signs to look out for in friends who may be experiencing problems with their cannabis use. The presentation will also examine the impact of alcohol on the adolescent brain.

Year 12
Last year at school: What do I need to know about alcohol and other drugs?

Many Year 12 students will now be driving or about to get their licence so drink driving and the process of random breath testing (RBT), as well as roadside (RDT) or mobile drug testing (MDT) will be discussed in this presentation. This is the final opportunity to discuss illicit drugs such as ecstasy and some basic information will be provided, including the impact that being caught with an illicit substance can have on a young person’s life and the importance of seeking help as quickly as possible should something go wrong. Where appropriate, issues around attending Schoolies’ (or Leavers’) Week celebrations may be covered.

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