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Drug Ed Australia

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Drug Ed Australia is a leading provider of high quality, factual drug education to school communities and sporting groups. Our aim is to ensure the community has access to accurate and up to date drug and alcohol information. Our sessions aim to give a working knowledge of alcohol and other drugs and their associated harms, conducted in an interactive and non threatening environment.  All of our sessions are facilitated by an experienced Ambulance Paramedic and a Health Education Teacher, ensuring information is factual, current and age appropriate.

In line with current best practice, our program aims to:

  • Use a normative approach to highlight that drug use among adolescents is not the norm
  • Discuss and dispel myths associated with drug and alcohol use
  • Explore the concepts of choice and consequence
  • Develop strategies to recognise harm and seek assistance
  • Empower students to look after themselves and each other

Quite simply, we provide the facts without the fear.

Drug Ed Australia does not encourage or condone the use of drugs, legal or illicit. All drugs have the potential to cause health issues and other problems. We hold a non-judgmental view of drug use and view the problem from a health perspective.

Together Kris and Sharon bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program.  They are both passionate about providing teenagers with the skills and knowledge to make positive life choices and to help keep themselves and others safe.

Sharon Torpey

Sharon Torpey is the Co-founder and Director of Drug Education Australia, a leading provider of high quality, factual drug education. Drug Education Australia delivers education programs to school communities and sporting groups, providing the latest and most accurate information around drug and alcohol use. She is a qualified Health Education Teacher, with 20 years’ experience in connecting with young people and their parents.

Throughout her career, Sharon has taught in both a primary and secondary educational setting, and in the past ten years has also facilitated the “Keys Please” learner driver education program for Vic Roads, which is delivered to year 10 students.  In addition to facilitating this program Sharon was selected to work as part of the team that reviewed and updated the “Keys Please” program to ensure it was relevant, engaging and achieving the programs aims and objectives.

Successfully engaging with both parents and students is a key to Sharon’s success and one of the reasons she is so highly sought after. Sharon naturally connects with this age group, which is seen through her ongoing work with Drug Ed Australia, and her work at Vic Roads.

Her passion lies in ensuring individual choices around drugs and alcohol are informed by the latest research, and that the information is delivered in a way that is non-threatening, accessible and age-appropriate.

Sharon recognises that the cohort that Drug Ed Australia seek to reach are some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Providing quality education and information around drug and alcohol misuse means that teenagers can move more safely through this challenging and potentially complex period in their life.

Kris Bobetic

Kris Bobetic is Co-founder and Director of Drug Ed Australia, a leading provider of high quality, factual drug education to school communities and sporting groups. She is an experienced health professional, with a background in emergency services, having worked as a Paramedic for 14 years. She is a passionate advocate for health and drug education, and driven to provide intervention through education that young people can relate to.

Her career history as a Paramedic, combined with her extensive background as a Clinical Instructor means she has unique combination of front-line experience and theoretical training. She has taught Drug Education, First Aid and Infection control for Victoria Police, The Royal Australian Navy, elite sporting clubs and many secondary schools in Ambulance Victoria’s ADAPT (Ambulance Drug and Alcohol Program for Teenagers). Through Drug Ed Australia, Kris delivers best-practice drug education that is accurate, age-appropriate and non-judgemental.

She is deeply motivated by reaching out to teens and parents of teens, at this particularly vulnerable time in their lives. She provides reliable, fact-based drug-related information to this cohort. She respects and acknowledges that the teen demographic can think critically and make informed decisions around drug and alcohol abuse.

She is practiced at working in high-stress and traumatic situations and remains calm and focused at all times. She is naturally warm and engaging, her vast experience working with members of the public (who are often traumatised) means she has an innate ability to make connections with even the toughest audience.

Testimonials

Sharon and Kris’s presentation hit the spot, it was highly engaging and super relevant for the Year 11 students. We look forward to having you speak again to our students in the future.

L. Hickmont, Caulfield Grammar School 2017

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