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Local Drug Action Team: School Education Program

Here for Gladstone and Local Drug Action Team launch school education program


22 October 2019

Rio Tinto and other local organisations that make up Gladstone’s Local Drug Action Team have launched a new program at Tannum Sands State High School designed to educate students and teachers and reduce harmful drug and alcohol consumption.

The eight-week program will be delivered by teachers to students of Years 8 and 9, combining online and classroom activities to reinforce messages and encourage student interaction.

The program, designed by the Climate Schools organisation, aims to address alcohol and other drug-related harm in Gladstone through research-based prevention activities.

Climate Schools research trials show the courses improve student wellbeing by increasing knowledge about alcohol and drugs, and reduce consumption and harm related to usage.

Michelle Coats executive officer of Here for Gladstone said “By working together to support our local community, we can continue to ensure healthy and sustainable outcomes for Gladstone.”

“We’re proud to be facilitating Gladstone’s Local Drug Action Team to deliver this best practice education and prevention initiative.”

Alcohol and Drug Foundation chief executive officer Dr Erin Lalor said the Local Drug Action Team will play a vital role in building a healthy community.

“Supporting communities to be at the heart of the solution is critical if we are to address alcohol and other drug-related harm,” Dr Lalor said.

For more information about the Local Drug Action Team program, please visit


Notes for editors

Here for Gladstone invests in a wide range of community projects in the Gladstone region. It is supported by Rio Tinto Yarwun, Boyne Smelters Limited and Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL), and is governed by a Board made up of community and business leaders.

The Gladstone Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) is facilitated by Here for Gladstone and is made up of Artius, Roseberry Qld, Lives Lived Well, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network, the Central Qld Hospital & Health Service (Gladstone Integrated Service), Bridges, Gladstone Regional Council and community members.

Climate Schools is a drug education program developed by researchers formerly based at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), School of Psychiatry, and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use at UNSW Sydney, and currently based at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney, Australia.



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