For Teachers

A range of evidence-based resources have been produced that can support the classroom teacher in the development of drug education programs. Some of these are specifically designed to accompany DARTA student presentations. Research shows that a ‘one-off’ information session is not best practice and teachers are therefore strongly encouraged to follow-up the presentation with one or more of the activities provided.

Other resources provide information for all teachers on a range of AOD issues. Many of these examine topical issues and have been designed to support classroom discussions. There are also activities that use a range of interactive teaching and learning strategies that promote active involvement of all students.

Student Activities

Downloadable sheets that include a range of simple classroom activities that can be conducted after a DARTA student presentation are available. Designed to encourage classroom discussion on topics raised during the session, teachers do not need any specific drug knowledge to conduct these activities.

Scenario Activities

During follow-up sessions, teachers may wish to examine particular topics in more detail. Developed as part of a ‘strength-based approach’, these scenarios and accompanying activities introduce and/or strengthen a range of skills including identifying risks, decision-making, refusal skills, and help-seeking.

Website Resources

A list of DARTA recommended websites for teachers has been made available that provide good quality alcohol and other drug information. Links to a number of web-based resources that can be incorporated into a school’s drug education program have also been included.

Fact Sheets

These downloadable resources provide additional information on topics raised during the presentation, including ‘How to look after a drunk friend’ and ‘Alcohol poisoning’. If students are looking for more information, they can be directed to these, or they can be printed off and distributed after the session.

Australian Statistics

To assist teachers to keep up-to-date with current statistics, copies of both the Australian Secondary Students Alcohol and other Drug (ASSAD) and National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) reports are provided in a downloadable PDF format.

Vaping: Teacher Resources

Vaping (the use of electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes or ‘vapes’) has become a growing issue for many schools across the country. DARTA has developed a number of resources for teachers that may assist them in dealing with the topic.

Looking for information or support services on alcohol or drugs?

If you or a friend or family member needs assistance in this area, Alcohol and Drug Information Services (ADIS) are available in every state and territory. Each of these are each staffed by trained professionals who can help with your query and provide confidential advice or refer you to an appropriate service in your area.

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