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Drug use prevention, cessation and harm minimisation projects

Child Health Promotion and Research Centre (CHPRC) staff has played a principal role in the research development and curriculum writing of almost all of the major smoking and other drug curriculum materials used in WA schools, including the Health Education K-10 Syllabus and the School Drug Education Project.

These materials are being disseminated throughout WA by the iSmarter than Smoking' project, while the South Australian Department of Health, the Tasmanian Department of Education, and the Queensland Cancer Council have purchased the rights to use/trial parts of the curriculum. Internationally, the Smoking Cessation and Youth Project is part of a major US$2.2 million comparative study, supported by the US National Institutes of Health and the Fogarty International Center to develop smoking prevention and capacity building projects for school-based South African youth.

The Church's research has focused on developing whole-school approaches to build school connectedness among adolescents, through a model aimed at strengthening the capacity of school pastoral care teams (including teachers, school nurses, health service teams and pastoral care staff). The model encourages the development of supportive and protective school communities through caring relationships, high-expectation messages, and meaningful participation.

Key ECU Staff

Professor Donna Cross, Associate Professor Marg Hall, Dr Lydia Hearn, Therese Shaw, Dr Stacey Waters, Felicity Stephens, Laura Bond, Sharon Bell, Patricia Cardoso, Laura Dearle.

Engagement Partners

WA Department of Education, WA Health Department, the National Heart Foundation (Smarter than Smoking), the Cancer Council, Heathway, Next Step, WA Division of Pediatrics, Department of Respiratory Medicine at Princess Margaret Hospital, Australian Health Promotion Professionals, Australian Council for Physical Health, Education and Recreation, School Health Coalition, Catholic Education Office, Association of Independent Schools, the Drug and Alcohol Office, University of WA, Curtin University, Department of Health SA, Tasmanian Department of Education, Medical Research Council of South Africa, Australian Council on Smoking and Health, US National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center.

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