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Alcohol Education: At school and at home.

Teaching young people about alcohol, and the associated risks is an important part of enabling them to make informed healthy choices.

With regularly drinking often considered a normal part of the Australian culture, education by schools and by parents at home can affect their child’s choices about alcohol in the future. 

Evidence shows what parents do, how they communicate their expectations and whether they supply alcohol can have a major impact on their children’s views around safe drinking.

Over the past two decades, alcohol has become more readily available, with greater product varieties and in more places than ever before. Alcohol is now promoted more prolifically, especially with the introduction of social media, and is cheaper and more affordable than ever before.

Experts report that even with responsible drinking by adults, the message sent to young people through exposure to alcohol use is that alcohol is an important, necessary part of everyday life.

This cultural ease around alcohol can encourage young people to drink, drink at an earlier age and to want to be part of the drinking culture they see around them, which in many instances is one of harmful drinking.

Parents are encouraged to have honest conversations with their children about the short term and long terms risks associated with drinking alcohol to ensure they make the healthiest decisions about alcohol.

For more information, visit the Alcohol Think Again website

Regional, Rural and Remote affiliates...have your voice heard on education!

ATTENTION Regional, Rural and Remote affiliates‼️ Have your voice heard on education in your local area! There may be a community forum happening near you, see below for details...

You may be aware that an Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education was announced on 2 March 2017.
Emeritus Professor John Halsey has been commissioned to conduct the review to examine the challenges faced by regional, rural and remote students regarding their learning outcomes. The review will identify and provide recommendations on innovative and evidence-based approaches to help these students succeed in school and in their transition to further study and employment. Read the discussion paper here.

Professor Halsey will be conducting four community forums in Western Australia:
On Tuesday 22 August from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
[Muresk Institute - 1 Muresk Rd, Northam WA 6401]

On Wednesday 23 August from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
[Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia - 3/58 Egan St, Kalgoorlie WA 6430]

On Thursday 24 August from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
[Department of Human Services - 7 Wellington St, Bunbury WA 6230]

On Friday 25 August from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
[Master Builders WA, 30 Graham Street, Albany]

IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO ONE OF THE COMMUNITY FORUMS, WACSSO is also making a submission. Email or call 9264 4947 for more information on how to contribute. But be quick - the deadline is rapidly approaching. Thank you to all of those who have already contributed.

eNews: Term 3 Edition 1

This week you will find:

• School Colour Fun Run
• Registrations for conference closing!
• Good News Stories
• F.A.Q.
• FREE Mathematics Pathways Evening
• Your Shout: new website resource
• WA Maritime Museum fundraising opportunity
• P&C Learning Opportunities in Fourth Term
• Parent Program: Holyoake

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