Paul Dillon has a unique investment in the wellbeing of young people. Founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia and a former school teacher, Paul continues to conduct drug information sessions and workshops for school students across Australia and internationally, in countries as diverse as the UK, the Phillipines, and Indonesia.
Paul has been working in the area of drug education for the past 25 years. His best-selling book for parents Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs was released in 2009. With a broad knowledge of a range of content areas, Paul regularly appears in the media and is regarded as a key social commentator, with interviews on television programs such as Sunrise, Today and The 7PM Project.
In the lead-up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Paul worked with the Australian Institute of Sport to develop training programs for the coaches of elite athletes on the importance of responsible partying. Since then, he has continued this training for a number of national sporting organisations, including the Australian Cricketers’ Association, the Rugby Union Players’ Association and Football Federation Australia. He has also assisted in developing alcohol policies for the sports themselves.
During his career in Drug Education, Paul has served as Project Officer for the ‘SpeedWise SpeedSafe’ campaign; wrote the instruction manual for the NSW Police Services on alcohol and violence; and was also Project Officer for the ‘Stay in Control’ campaign, which targeted teenage binge drinking. He has been involved in the interviewing of key informants for the World Health Organisation Cocaine Study as well as the National Survey of Ecstasy and Other Party Drugs. In addition, Paul been a consultant for the United Nations where he developed and trialed a UNODC Global Youth Training Workshop preventing amphetamine type stimulants among young people.