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Year 9 DARTA Workshop

Session Info:

In response to demand, DARTA has developed a workshop for Year 9 students designed to complement our existing Years 10-12 presentations.

Year 9s, alcohol and parties
This workshop focuses on alcohol, with an emphasis on ‘positive norms’, i.e., how many young people choose not to drink alcohol. Students will be asked to discuss what the term ‘drunk’ means and in what contexts they may have to deal with alcohol-affected people. Basic life skills will also be discussed around alcohol-related emergencies in relation to Year 9 students, ensuring that they understand that they are unable to look after a drunk person at their age and the importance of calling for help. Students will also be given the opportunity to discuss age-appropriate help-seeking behaviour, including the ‘recovery position’, during the session.

Objectives
As a result of this workshop students should be able to identify:

  • That most Year 9 students do not drink alcohol
  • That there are no safe places to be drunk and all environments entail a certain degree of risk
  • That a Year 9 student is not able to look after a drunk person on their own and will need to seek assistance
  • It is important to develop rules around alcohol and teenage parties that may reduce associated risks

Australian Health and Physical Education Curriculum
This workshop is aligned with the new Australian Health and Physical Education Curriculum covering one of the focus areas suggested for Years 9 and 10 students, i.e., alcohol and other drugs. It also covers required content descriptions within the Personal, Social and Community Health area.

Pre and post workshop information and resources can be provided to schools to assist teachers in further planning and subsequent education in this area.

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