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Reduce Risk, Increase Student Knowledge
RRISK (Reduce Risk, Increase Student Knowledge) Seminars are held annually in Lismore and Tweed Heads for all Year 11 students across our local health district. RRISK provides useful survival tips to help young people handle some of the risks they are likely to encounter, especially those associated with alcohol and drugs, driving and partying. RRISK is not about telling young people what to do and what not to do, it is about giving tips and skills to help with personal safety.
Every high school from Grafton in the south to Tweed Heads in the north is invited attend, and there is no cost involved for students or schools. Attendance at RRISK has the potential to save lives – research conducted by the George Institute in 2009 indicated that young people who participated in RRISK had a 44% less chance of being involved in a car crash compared to those who did not attend.
This year, RRISK Seminars are scheduled from Monday 18th to Friday 23rd of November, 2019.
We will also be hosting a Professional Development (PD) event (for teachers and others who work with young people) on Friday, 15th of November, 2019. This will be facilitated by Paul Dillion, from Drug and Alcohol Training Australia (DARTA). More information on the PD event can be found here:
Please contact Lauren on 02 6624 0310 if you would like more information on either the RRISK seminars or the professional development opportunity.
Technical Information on RRISK
Technical information on RRISK, including evaluations and research papers, can also be found here:
Additional resources for young people around risk taking, drugs, and alcohol, can be found here:
- Drinkcheck is an easy way to find out if you are risking injury, health or other problems as a result of your drinking.
- Drinkcheck is a brief personal alcohol assessment that takes just 5 minutes to complete.
- Once you have answered the Drinkcheck Questionnaire you will know if your drinking is risky and whether you need to consider some changes.
- Follow the self help guide to reduce or make changes to your drinking.
- The Drinkcheck questionnaire and self-help guide was formed in partnership between Northern NSW Local Health District, Mid North Coast Local Health District and North Coast NSW Medicare Local.