Welcome to the SDERA 2016-2017 Annual Report. I am very proud to have this opportunity to share with you the wonderful achievements that have occurred across the metropolitan and regional areas of WA over the past 12 months, and to be able to highlight the successes of our work in resilience, alcohol and other drugs, and road safety education.
SDERA is the State Government’s primary strategy to support schools and early childhood services in their implementation of prevention education and early intervention programs for alcohol and other drugs, and road safety education. Our team continues to work with educators, school leaders, parents and other key stakeholders in a strategic and targeted approach to contribute to the reduction of road-related injuries and the harms from drug use.
For 20 years we have successfully supported schools on behalf of the Department of Education WA, Catholic Education and Association of Independent Schools WA in their drug and road safety education endeavours. There is no other organisation in WA, or Australia, that offers the range of services and resources that we do.
Our development of high quality and evidence-informed teaching and learning resources; provision of professional development for educators working with young people and their parents; funding and frameworks to support implementation of sustainable whole-school approaches; and state-wide consultancy team ensures that our young people are receiving best practice drug and road safety education.
We have seen our school engagement numbers and profile grow significantly over the last year. However, more importantly our stakeholders are telling us just how important our services are in supporting them to implement drug and road safety programs.
Our team of experienced health education professionals have continued their focus on delivering professional development workshops and seminars to not only school staff and early childhood educators, but also to those working with young people engaged in non-education settings such as work place training organisations and juvenile justice centres.
Since introducing CHAT we have continued to grow and evolve the approach. We are extremely excited to now have 122 schools across the state engaged in CHAT and for the first time, some of these schools have achieved Gold Level.
We were thrilled to sponsor the inaugural 2016 WA Young Achiever Health and Wellbeing Award and delighted at the calibre of young people who nominated. Not only was Pavitra Aran a worthy winner of our Health and Wellbeing Award, she was also named the 2016 WA Young Achiever of the Year. It is wonderful to know that we have so many young people who are striving to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have contributed to the success of SDERA in different ways. Thank you to our funders – the Department of Education WA, the Mental Health Commission and Road Safety Commission.
This funding ensures that for around $10 a year, every young person and their family in WA has access to quality drug and road safety education programs and services.
Thank you to the SDERA Governance Group and Management Committee who continue to see the benefit in the delivery of prevention education and early intervention programs in government and non-government schools and early learning centres. Without your support, SDERA’s vision of drug and road safety education for every young person in WA would not be achievable.
Thank you to the SDERA staff for their ongoing commitment, support, leadership and determination to promote and advocate for the health and wellbeing of young people in WA. You are all integral to our ongoing success.
In closing I would like to acknowledge and thank all the educators and staff working in schools, early learning centres and agencies that are accessing our programs and services and implementing drug and road safety education with children and young people in their care. With your dedication and determination, our goal of keeping young people safer is more achievable.