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Directions 2017-2019


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Acting Road Safety Commissioner, Iain Cameron launched Directions 2017-2019 at the Australasian Road Safety Conference held at Crown, Perth on 11 October. Directions is an action plan informing the vital work of Western Australian Road Safety Education Committee (WARSEC) 21 member agencies in coordinating road safety education in early childhood, school and community settings across the State.

Mr Cameron acknowledged the WARSEC "as an outstanding example of leadership and collaboration."

Directions 2017-219 is the fourth in a series of action plans about road safety education in WA.


2017 CHAT Awards

CHAT Awards 2017 group photo

Hon Roger Cook MLA at 2017 CHAT Awards

Images courtesy of James Burton Photography 

The recent 2017 CHAT Achievement Awards, held on 21 September, celebrated the hard work and successes of over 30 metropolitan and regional schools who have been working to develop a comprehensive whole-school approach to resilience, road safety and alcohol and other drugs education.

Bronze, Silver and Gold awards were presented by the Hon. Roger Cook MLA, Minister for Health; Mental Health. 

Guests also  had the opportunity to network with other CHAT schools, observing samples of their work and achievements, and discussing the impact this initiative has made on the school community.

Learn how your school can become a CHAT school.


Paul Dillon joins SDERA for Talking Drugs workshops

 Paul Dillon photograph

Paul Dillon, founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) joined SDERA recently for a special Talking Drugs professional development workshop for school staff.

At the workshop, held on 21 September, Paul shared current data, research and trends in the use of alcohol, cannabis, methamphetamine and other drugs among young people in Western Australia.

Attendees had the opportunity to unpack SDERA’s Challenges and Choices resources that have been mapped to the WA Health and Physical Education Syllabus, and learn how to apply these within the classroom. Free resources were also distributed.

Paul also facilitated a Talking Drugs parent workshop for parents the same evening.


Leavers 2016 Parent & Guardian Information Night

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WA Police and the State Government’s Leavers Strategy partners are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for Leavers to celebrate in.

An information session was held for parents and guardians of 2016 Leavers in Floreat in October to help parents ensure their child has a safe and enjoyable time, and to hear from a range of agencies involved in delivering Leavers celebrations in Rottnest and Dunsborough.

Download the Alcohol and Leavers Celebrations Community Action Kit for information to help reduce alcohol-related harm associated with Leavers’ celebrations.


Talking Drugs Parent Information Sessions

SDERA staff with Peter Watson MLA at Talking Drugs Event in Albany

Parents have an important role to play in preventing and reducing their children’s risk of harm from drug use.

As part of the national and state strategy to address methamphetamine and other drug use behaviour, the Department of Education and SDERA offered Talking Drugs Information Sessions for parents during Semester 1 2016 and continued throughout the year. These sessions were held in 11 regional areas and throughout the metropolitan area.

Peter Watson MLA and the SDERA drug education team at the Talking Drugs parent information session in Albany.  

Voice of Youth Road Safety Forums

Kim Papalia at the Youth Road Safety Forum
Kim Papalia, Road Safety Commissioner at the Wheatbelt South Road Safety Forum for Youth, Merredin College.

Merredin College and Katanning Senior High School hosted Voice of Youth Road Safety Forums in Semester 2 2016.

These events were hosted by SDERA and were attended by Kim Papalia, Road Safety Commissioner, guest speakers and other dignitaries.

The forums brought together a representative group of students from schools in the Wheatbelt to discuss road safety issues and to gauge what they felt might contribute to a reduction in road trauma, especially relating to young people in the Wheatbelt.


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