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AOD STATS
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Introduction: Welcome to AODstats, the Victorian alcohol and drug interactive statistics and mapping webpage.
AODstats provides information on the harms related to alcohol, illicit and pharmaceutical drug use in Victoria.

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Not My Culture 
– is a short animated conversation on Alcohol, other drugs and indigenous culture. “Strong and deadly – true culture is strength!”

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THE “NO BRAINER” PROGRAM AND THE AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM

The No Brainer program aims to focus on factors that are best practice for a safe, healthy and more productive community, with particular emphasis on the United Nations aim within their charter for children’s rights that they be Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) free.  The International Declaration of the Rights of the Child: Principle Two states...

”The child shall enjoy special protection, and shall be given opportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to enable him to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity. In the enactment of laws for this purpose, the best interests of the child shall be the paramount consideration.”

The Dalgarno Institute AOD curriculum education process embraces this imperative. ethical principle within the framework of the Australian Harm Minimisation Drug Strategy, focusing particularly on two of the key pillars of this strategy being DEMAND REDUCTION and HARM REDUCTION.

The Dalgarno Institute (Coalition of Alcohol & Drug Educators) through its “Zero Hero” program for Primary Schools (Years 5-6) and its “No Brainer” program for Secondary Schools (Years 7 – 12) caters for student learning within the framework of the Australian Curriculum.  The following table indicates some of the relevant links to Subjects and applicable Strands or Substrands.

Consequently, a “Zero Hero” or “No Brainer” program presentation can be planned to integrate student learning across a number of subjects and strands; or alternatively can be incorporated as a learning experience in a specific subject.  For example, within Health and Physical Education:

Being healthy, safe and active

No Brainer focuses strongly on the importance of protecting both the developing brain and body during this second most important phase of human development. There is no level of ‘safe’ alcohol and other drug use during the adolescent phase and so key learning and understanding of what informs best practice health, safety and activity for the developmental phase is a key element of curriculum.

Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing

No Brainer emphasises the need for clear relevant and creative communication of understandings not only to a student audience, but enables equipping for communication between peers.

Contributing to healthy and active communities

No Brainer informs, encourages and equips students with skills and actions which encourage and enable them to contribute to healthy communities through advocacy and other strategies which are embedded within the No Brainer curriculum program.

The following table provides information on some of the aspects of the Australian Curriculum which the Dalgarno Institute “NO Brainer” Curriculum Program addresses:

 

Learning areas

 

F-10 subjects

Links with the No Brainer Curriculum and Seminar

English

English

Focus on the Literacy Strand, and in particular on the sub strands of Creating Texts and Interacting with Others.

In the No Brainer Curriculum and Seminar, as well as receiving and processing information, both visual and aural, students are encouraged discuss their personal values and attitudes toward illicit drugs. They are also encouraged to create texts, both visual and auditory which project positive values and guidelines for preventing harm, both personally and across the broader community.

 

Mathematics

Mathematics

Most relevant strand is Statistics and Probability.

Students are presented with data on consequences of illicit drug use. They can develop their skills in interpreting the data and in some No Brainer activities are encouraged to investigate and report on the implications of data on the impact of prevention of illicit drug use.

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education

Major Focus is on the Personal, Social and Community Health Strand.

The No Brainer Curriculum encompasses all three sub strands of

  • Being healthy, safe and active
  • Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing
  • Contributing to healthy and active communities

 

Science

Science

No Brainer engages students in “Science Understanding”, particularly in informing students on the biological effects of illicit drug use.  Better understanding and being wise to the effects of various illicit drugs on the body and the brain address several aspects of “Science as Human Endeavour”

 

Humanities and Social Sciences

F-6/7 Humanities & Social Sciences,

7-10 History,

7-10 Geography,

7-10 Civics and Citizenship,

7-10 Economics and Business

In encouraging students to create positive attitudes towards drug prevention, including the option of saying “No” to drugs, the major focus of the No Brainer program is on the subject: Civics and Citizenship, in particular, it promotes a resilient society through the development of students’ understanding of broader values such as respect, civility, equity, justice and responsibility.

However, if students undertake further investigation, then they may address historic, geographic and economic concepts related to illicit drug use.

 

 

The Arts

Drama, Dance,

Media Arts,

Music,

Visual Arts

Both in communicating issues and concepts to students, and in students undertaking projects and developing responses to the No Brainer program, there is potential to engage in all aspects of The Arts.

 

 

 

Technologies

Design and Technologies, Digital Technologies

Focus on Technologies and Society substrand within the Design and Technologies Strand.

 

Students are encouraged to examine and prioritise competing factors including social, ethical and sustainability considerations in the design of solutions to prevent harms caused by illicit drug use which will meet community needs for preferred futures.

 

Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Indonesian, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish, Vietnamese

An extension of some of the student activities in the No Brainer curriculum would be to communicate in another language other than English key concepts and ideas about avoiding harmful drugs

 

 

“NO Brainer” Curriculum Program also requires students to exercise and develop their skills and abilities in all aspects of the General Capabilities, namely:
  • Literacy,  Numeracy,  Information and communication technology capability
  • Critical and creative thinking,  Personal and social capability,  Ethical and Intercultural understanding

PROSPECTUS

For further and full overview of program please feel free to download this PDF

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INVITATION

Dear Learning Facilitator, The Dalgarno Institute, a non profit, public interest community based organisation, have over a 150 years experience in providing proactive and protective resources and education options on alcohol and other drug issues to the Australian community.

We currently have an exciting new schools based initiative:
 
 
Seminar options: (Three Key Base Products Numbers of Variables)

No Brainer: For year 7,8 or 9 students and is a basic introduction to alcohol and other drugs that compliments the ‘I Wish I Never...’ curriculum. Content covers

  • Overview of some of The What – The How – The Why of drug use.
  • Specific and intensive focus on specifically how different drugs impact the body and brain and includes tactile exercises to assist retention.
  • Drugs focused on in this seminar/s are Alcohol, Cannabis, ICE, Ecstasy and other ATS.
  • Looks at foundational aspects for developing resiliency around the AOD issue.

 
Ripped Off: For year 10/11 students and follows the same pedagogy as NO Brainer – However, content focuses on

  • Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) use and the issues and the impact on the natural environment and climate change.
  • AOD use and the issues of social justice and responsibility in both the local and global community.
  • That global citizenship is about ensuring justice for the marginalised and vulnerable on the planet, particularly the poor and children and understanding of what drug use does to those key demographics.
  • Continues to focus on resiliency from a community perspective.

 
Humpty Dumpty Dilemma: For year 11 and 12 students. Content focuses on

  • Heads UP’ for students getting ready to step into the ‘unregulated’ world (outside school).
  • Looks more closely at resiliency issues and decision making, including potential psycho-social ‘anchors’.
  • Challenges the thinking of students to develop logical and evidence based frameworks for decision making around AOD issues in often complex, yet ill-conceived peer and boundary-less environments.
  • Builds on resiliency issues addressed in previous seminars.


Additional Options:

  • Bouncing Back Parent Evenings: Seminar time up to 90 minutes. Normal cost is $440 (GST inc) for the evening regardless of numbers.
  • Changing the Narrative – (Fence Building) Community Seminar Events: Focusing on both shifting and empowering communities to become more Resilient,  proactive and preventative around the AOD issue. Engages the audience in collaborative discussion and potential strategy building for Demand Reduction and Prevention processes.

As of July 1 2016, school seminars cost $550 per 90-100 minute seminar for up to 150 students at a time. If more than 150 students, two seminars will need to be conducted at a total cost of $880 (NB: One free incursion seminar included in ‘I wish I never...’ DVD Curriculum Package deal as per above). Depending on school financial capacity, a gold coin option may be negotiated if necessary.

This incursion program offers a creative pedagogy aimed at helping young people and teenagers more effectively engage with the reality and inevitability of alcohol and other drugs in their current culture. Our approach emphasises 'minimising harm by maximising prevention'. Thus the seminars focus on not only the very real option of refusal, but also assist students to effectively consider these options. More than that, we provide you with a follow-up affective domain education journey that can help enable students to become positive change agents in their own peer settings.

The seminars are fully interfaced with National Curriculum frameworks and also dovetailed with the Student Welfare Coordinators guide for 'Preventing Drug Related Harm'.

Whilst we do not charge for initial incursion, we have a number of funding options based on the schools needs, ranging from a gold coin donation per student for a 75 -90 minute seminar to negotiated pricing for longer seminars or full days.

Sincerely, The NO Brainer Education Team

 

This incursion program offers a creative pedagogy aimed at helping young people and teenagers more effectively engage with the reality and inevitability of alcohol and other drugs in their current culture. Our approach emphasises ‘minimising harm by maximising prevention’. Thus the seminars focus on not only the very real option of refusal, but also assist students to effectively consider these options. More than that, we provide you with a follow-up affective domain education journey that can help enable students to become positive change agents in their own peer settings.

The seminars are fully interfaced with National Curriculum frameworks and also dovetailed with the Student Welfare Coordinators guide for ‘Preventing Drug Related Harm’.

Whilst we do not charge for initial incursion, we have a number of funding options based on the schools needs, ranging from a gold coin donation per student for a 75 -90 minute seminar to negotiated pricing for longer seminars or full days. Sincerely, The NO Brainer Education Team

RATIONALE

To provide harm prevention – abstinence focused resources that can be delivered to schools by The Dalgarno Institute (and/or other trained and designated facilitators or other partner agencies).  All scientific and academic data proves conclusively that any substance use is detrimental to the brain of children and adolescents, clearly stating that at this formative stage of brain development there is NO safe level of alcohol or other drug use – so abstinence is the safest and best option and should be aggressively and consistently promoted across the community!

The 2010 National Drug strategy states  that Harm Minimisation - “Involves a range of approaches to prevent and reduce drug-related harm including prevention; early intervention; specialist treatment; supply control; safer drug use; and abstinence.”

Evidence suggests that the imperative of ‘abstinence and prevention’ focused model of education for the under 25 group is difficult to locate and/or access; we seek to provide that option through direct delivery or referral to other like-focused agencies.
"Young people have a right to grow up in a society where they are protected from pressures to drink and from the harm done by alcohol.”   World Health Organisation

FEEDBACK

“Thanks so much for the sensational sessions you guys ran for our year 8 students last week. They had a huge impact on some of our students and brought the truth into light about the lies our students are fed through the media, marketing and society in general... We ran a Binge Drinking Seminar as a part of our ‘Year 10 Resiliency Day’; The No Brainer resources are sensational. We used the recent "Don't turn your night out into a nightmare" TV adds to get the kids thinking of the consequences of alcohol abuse to kick off and then worked through the worksheets, postcards for our newly elected State Politician and the pledge poster. Well done Dalgarno, the resources really help to generate discussion and the students remembered the key themes from your session last year….Thanks for the effort you put into these resources, they will help to save some of our precious young people's lives. (Private School - Peninsula)

“I was overjoyed with the wonderful presentation you gave my year 10 group of students yesterday, and from the [student] feedback it went over very well indeed… The Students were still talking about it days later!”   (Private School - Inner northern suburbs)

“As college chaplain it was a dream come true to have The Dalgarno Institute and the No Brainer-alcohol and other drugs seminar presented here with our year 8’s. Not only were the seminars highly informative but they were also engaging and thought provoking for our students and staff.  The presenter was highly passionate, well versed in the subject matter and inspiring... I personally enjoyed presenting the follow up session provided in the ‘NO Brainer’ Kit with students and felt that they were well received.  The highlights were students telling me things that they never knew about alcohol and other drugs and seeing them writing out their pledges”.   (Public School – South eastern suburbs)

PROSPECTUS

For further and full overview of program please feel free to download this PDF

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Kind Regards,
Mr. Shane Varcoe - Executive Director

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