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Drug & Alcohol Education

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13 June 2019

Drug & Alcohol Education

Drug & Alcohol Education

Throughout Term 2, students in Years 9-12 have engaged with a number of Drug and Alcohol education experiences. These complement the units covered in Health and Personal Development and promote informed and responsible decision making.

 

Paul Dillon - DARTA

It was a delight to welcome Paul Dillon back to Scotch for what is now his 7th year running. His 3 talks to the Year 10, 11 and 12 students are keenly anticipated. His mix of up to the minute research, combined with real life events and examples provides students with the necessary skills to keep themselves and their peers safe. 

For 2019, we held a parent session in the evening entitled “Why you must have the 'alcohol and parties' discussion with your child before it is too late” which communicated the following 5 handy tips for parents to promote clarity around expectations, though also prevent the likelihood of drug and alcohol related trauma:

  1. always call the host parents – ask aboutactive supervision – this is the only way you can truly make an informed decision
  2. take them to where they're going and pick them up whenever possible. Don't always leave it to someone else and walk to the door to pick them up – don't text!
  3. create rules around sleepovers and parties early – preferably before they start to get invited. If they've already started and your rules aren't great – make changes and blame high school!
  4. make consequences of breaking rules clear and stick to them – rules are made because you love them and want them safe
  5. if they don't like the rules, they're perfect! Reward good behaviour and modify rules as they get older – must be age-appropriate

Kris Bobetic – DARTA 

A frequent request for parents in the Middle School is that we host sessions with Paul Dillon for students in Year 9. As a response to these requests, we welcomed Paul’s colleague, Kris Bobetic from DARTA. Kris was a former paramedic and is motivated to ensure young people are aware of the choices they are making and how to keep themselves safe from harm.

Kris’ presentation helped students understand the risks associated with drinking, the situations and locations that can present the highest risk and some initial strategies to consider if they are in a position where they need to support a friend who had been drinking. It also outlined that in Year 9 – 81% of students in Australia categorise themselves as non-drinkers.

 

P.A.R.T.Y@ the RAH

The Preventing Alcohol Related Trauma in Youth program at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (P.A.R.T.Y@ theRAH) was made available to students from Years 10 and 11. This exceptional day permits student to see the full cycle of alcohol related trauma, from the moment an incident occurs, through to ongoing rehabilitation. The following summary by Ethan Miotti in Year 10 provides a student’s insight in to the program:

P.A.R.T.Y (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) at the RAH is a program run in in the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The program aims to outline the consequences of taking illicit drugs and accidents caused by lowered senses and decision making. P.A.R.T.Y explores new way of educating school student by using the facility to their advantage. These facilities helped us understand the journey of trauma patients and the truly confronting treatment and rehabilitation they get through helped by the hospital staff.

We were split into two groups and given a seminar and followed the journey of a trauma patient ‘Rob’ (mannequin) through the ED and ICU. The experience is set apart from others as we are using proper equipment in a proper medical bed. We were told about the amount of manual work that is required to keep a patient alive and the rehabilitation process. Simulations of the rehabilitation process through activities. This part also set the program’s uniqueness apart from others because of the professionals in the their zone as we watch and help in what is essentially their office. Throughout the day, the program was broken up with talks with experts in their field and even a previous trauma patient and their story after leaving the hospital bed.

This experience was informative, insightful and confronting. Implementing elements of fun exercises helped us keep us from feeling down on this highly sensitive and relevant topic. Unlike drug education in school, P.A.R.T.Y dives straight into the consequences in a blunt way. 3 out of 4 road accidents in 15-25 year olds are preventable and people lose their lives because of one simple decision. I would highly recommend taking the opportunity to go to this program if you have the ability to do so. Stay Safe.

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