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Parent and teacher methamphetamine prevention help boosted in schools

Date posted: 24 August 2016

A $500,000 funding boost has been flagged for drug education in Western Australian (WA) schools. The funding will be provided to help schools to support staff and parents better understand the prevention and treatment of methamphetamine use.

WA Health Minister, Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA, said that 'The funding will strengthen the capacity of pastoral care staff including psychologists, chaplains and nurses to help students understand the misery of meth. It will also help parents by boosting the ongoing delivery of the successful parent education sessions, which assist them to understand prevention and treatment of meth use.'

'This initiative will put skills and knowledge in the hands of those people who have daily contact with young people who may be susceptible to, or affected by, methamphetamine use,' said Minister Mitchell.

Education Minister, Hon Peter Collier MLC, said that 'Reducing the impact of meth use on our community is a high priority for the State Government and this is an early intervention initiative aimed at reducing demand.'

This funding was announced in the State Budget and is part of the Government's multi-faceted WA Meth Strategy. It is in addition to the recently announced new drug education resource now available to schools.

Source: Government of Western Australia Media Statements

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Last updated: 24 August 2016
 
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