Strategies to keep your teenager safe during party season

As students celebrate the end of HSC exams, school formals and ‘schoolies’, one of the biggest concerns amongst parents is how to keep their teenagers safe when they are out with friends and away from adult help.

For almost 20 years, Northern NSW Local Health District has run the RRISK local health promotion program, helping our young people make informed choices to ensure they drive and celebrate safely.

RRISK, or Reduce Risk Increase Student Knowledge, promotes key safety messages including planning ahead, knowing the facts and looking after friends.

In November the RRISK Program is being delivered to more than 2,000 Year 11 students across the North Coast, with keynote speaker Paul Dillon, Director of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA).

Paul Dillon is also presenting free seminars for parents and professionals to help them sort out fact from fiction on a range of current alcohol and drug trends and provide information on keeping young people as safe as possible when partying.

The seminars include an examination of the Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug survey and The 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

Parent seminars are open to all parents and interested community members.

  • Tuesday 20 November, 6pm – The Mullumbimby Steiner School, 349 Left Bank Road, Mullumbimby
  • Thursday 22 November, 6pm – Alstonville High School, Cawley Close, Alstonville

The Year 11 seminars will be held:

  • In Tweed – Monday 19 November, and Tuesday 20 November, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus
  • In Lismore – Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November, Southern Cross University, Lismore Campus

Paul Dillon is also facilitating a full day of professional development for teachers and professionals at Lennox Head on 26 November, with an emphasis on school-based strategies.

To register, please contact Rebecca Smith Rebecca.smith10@health.nsw.gov.au.


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