Teacher and Parent Illicit Drug Resources

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Date Commenced:
06/2012
Project Supporters:

Department of Health - Commonwealth Government Contract

Drug Type:
Project Members: 
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Professor
Ph EA Jasmin Bartlett: 02 9385 0167 / j.bartlett@unsw.edu.au
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Mr Daniel Rodriguez
Statistician
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Senior Research Fellow
Ph 02 9385 0422
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Associate Professor
Ph 9385 0267
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Senior Lecturer
Ph 9385 0333
Ms Emma Black
Conjoint Lecturer
Project Main Description: 

The Australian Government Department of Health has identified the need for an illicit drugs resource package for teachers and parents. The resources will be available online as well as in hard copy.

Project Collaborators: External: 

Professor Steve Allsop
National Drug and Alcohol Research Institute, Curtin University

Dr Nyanda McBride
National Drug and Alcohol Research Institute, Curtin University

Candice Rainsford
National Drug and Alcohol Research Institute, Curtin University

Aims: 

To develop, test and deliver an illicit drugs resource package for use by teachers (primary users) and parents (secondary users).

Design and Method: 

This project included the development of information booklets for teachers, parents and students as well as an interactive game for young people to teach them about the harms associated with illicit drugs. Teachers, parents and students were consulted throughout the development process. The  resources are available electronically and have been distributed in hard copy to all high schools in Australia. 

Progress/Update: 

In 2013, focus groups were conducted with Year 10 students, parents and teachers to obtain feedback on the booklet content and design. This feedback was incorporated and final booklets were launched electronically in June 2014. In November 2014, 60 copies of the booklets were distributed to every secondary school in Australia. 

In 2013, student focus groups were conducted to gain feedback and suggestions for the development of an interactive drug education game. This student input informed development of the game “Pure Rush” in collaboration with the game development company 2and2. Pure Rush is targeted at Year 8-10 students and contains educational messages about the potential harms of cannabis, methamphetamine, hallucinogens and pills such as ecstasy. The gamediffers from the handful of existing drug education games in its use of  the popular “race” genre rather than role playing; and its emphasis on interactive learning, with characters experiencing the effects of any illicit drugs they collide with (e.g. cannabis slows them down). Focus testing with Year 9 students was conducted in 2014 with a prototype version and later the final game to gain feedback and assess benefits associated with gameplay. The game was released in June 2014, and can be played online, or installed as an app for iOS or Android.  

Output: 

The illicit drug resources have been finalised and are freely available to the public.

The booklets “Illegal Drugs: What you need to know” for teachers, parents and students have been distributed to over 3,000 secondary schools across Australia. Electronic copies are available for download from: http://comorbidity.edu.au/cre-resources/public

The interactive game Pure Rush can be access online or installed as an app for iOS or Android.

Web-play: www.positivechoices.org.au

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pure-rush/id918382211?mt=8

Android:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ndarc.purerush&hl=en

 

Peer reviewed publications and conference presentations arising from the project include:

Publications:

Newton, N., Rodriguez, D., Teesson, M., Black, E., Rainsford, C., Allsop, S., McBride, N., Swift, W., Bryant, Z., Kay-Lambkin, F., Chapman, C., Reda, B., Stapinski, L., Slade, T. (2014). Illegal drugs: What you need to know (Teacher version). Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

Newton, N., Rodriguez, D., Teesson, M., Black, E., Rainsford, C., Allsop, S., McBride, N., Swift, W., Bryant, Z., Kay-Lambkin, F., Chapman, C., Reda, B., Stapinski, L., Slade, T. (2014). Illegal drugs: What you need to know (Parent version). Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

Newton, N., Rodriguez, D., Teesson, M., Black, E., Rainsford, C., Allsop, S., McBride, N., Swift, W., Bryant, Z., Kay-Lambkin, F., Chapman, C., Reda, B., Stapinski, L., Slade, T. (2014). Illegal drugs: What you need to know (Student version). Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

Rodriguez, D. Teesson, M. & Newton, N. C. (2014). A systematic review of computerized serious educational games for alcohol and other drugs for adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33(2), 129-35.

Conference Presentations:

Stapinski, L. Newton, N., Reda, B., Chapman, C., Kay-Lambkin, F., & Teesson, M. (2014). Development and dissemination of drug and alcohol prevention resources for schools. Invited presentation (Australian Rotary Health Knowledge Dissemination Award) at the Society for Mental Health Research conference, Adelaide, 3-5 December.

Reda, B., Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Rodriguez, D., Chapman, C., & Teesson, M. (2014).

“Pure Rush”: Test of a serious game for adolescents to prevent harms associated with illicit drug use.” Poster presented at the Society for Mental Health Research conference, Adelaide, 3-5 December.

Stapinski, L. Newton, N., Reda, B., Chapman, C., Kay-Lambkin, F., & Teesson, M. (2014). Online Resources for the Prevention of Alcohol & Substance Use in Adolescents. Presentation at the inaugural conference of the Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders, Adelaide, 2 December.

Reda, B., Stapinski, L., Newton, N.  Rodriguez, D., Chapman, C., Kay-Lambkin, F., & Teesson, M. (2014). “Pure Rush”: Test of a serious game for adolescents to prevent harms associated with illicit drug use.” Presentation at the inaugural conference of the Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders, Adelaide, 2 December.

Stapinski, L. Newton, N., Reda, B., Chapman, C., Rodriguez, D., Kay-Lambkin, F., & Teesson, M (2014). Online drug education resources for young people, parents and educators. Presentation at The Mental Health Services conference (pre-conference workshop), Perth, 26 August.

Rodriguez, D., Newton, N.C. & Teesson, M. (2013). Developing an online game on illicit drugs and related harms. Poster presented at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Annual Symposium, Sydney, Australia, September 2013.nual Symposium, Sydney, Australia, September 2013.

Benefits: 

These resources enable parents and teachers to provide more credible and evidence-based information on illicit drugs to their children and students.

Drug Type: 
Project Status: 
Completed
Year Completed: 
2014