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Health & Drug Education

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Physical Education in schools concerns the involvement of children in sports as well as fitness activities, sports, Health and Drug Education, gymnastics and some aspects of dance. Health & Drug Education assist in developing a healthy lifestyle and contributes throughout all activities associated with the Physical Education area.

This page looks at both Health and Drug Education. In Health Education it covers nutrition, a healthy diet and lifestyle, weight conditions, food groups and more. Drug Education covers drugs, their dangers, support groups including peer support, other resources.

Related pages are found through these links.

Drug Education

Agencies and Help Groups

  • Australian Centre for Addiction Research
    ‘Network of scientists, clinicians, academic professionals and officials engaged in promoting applied research aimed at prevention and clinical management of addictive behaviours’.
  • Australian Drug Foundation
    Information on all drugs, legal or otherwise, and their effects.
  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
    One of the strictest groups in the world. Provides information on drugs and sport.
  • CounsellingOnline
    ‘A service where you chat online with a live, professional counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern. This free service is for anyone seeking help about their own drug use or the drug use of a family member, relative or friend’. Australia wide.
  • Drug and Alcohol Factsheets
    Health NSW. A range of these are included. Select from Fact Sheet groupings in drop down menu.
  • DrugInfo Clearinghouse
    Australian Drug Foundation Group. Fact sheets on tobacco, alcohol, other specific drugs, toolkits, library, new & events, What’s New ?, more.
  • Life Education Australia
    National drug and alcohol awareness program operating in Australian schools.
  • Narconcon Victoria Drug Education Services
    Provides drug education and support to primary and secondary levels, through schools and the community.
  • Narconon
    Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehabilitation. International organisation which provides information and a parent help centre. USA.
  • Narcotics Anonymous
    ‘Information about Narcotics Anonymous, meetings, events’. News, links, public information, literature, magazine. Australia.
  • National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction
    Australian group. Provides links to other sites, publications, other resources.
  • National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
    Provides and monitors information including Fact Sheets.
  • Positive Choices
    ‘An online portal that facilitates access to interactive evidence-based drug education resources for school communities. Positive Choices was informed by input from teachers, parents and students across Australia’. Developed with funding help from the Australian Government Department of Health.
  • Quitnet
    Get help to quit smoking. Includes resources. USA.
  • Your Room
    ‘Your Room is a place for you to sit down, relax and discover useful information about drugs and alcohol in an interactive environment. Wander from room to room and find out more about certain drugs, how they can affect you and how to get help for yourself or for anyone else who needs it’. NSW Health and St Vincent’s Alcohol and Drug Information Service.

Dangers from Specific Drugs

  • Alcohol - how it affects your health
    Healthdirect Australia. Information, links.
  • Drugs of Abuse
    2015, American DEA. Lists drugs of abuse under headings including narcotics, stimulants, depressants, cannabis, hallucinogens, inhalants, steroids. Other links.
  • Methamphetamine Treatment Evaluation Study
    National Drug and Alcohol Centre. Finding from a study in Sydney. More information from the Fact Sheets page. This also includes Fact Sheets on Ecstasy, Ice, Hallucinogens, Alcohol and more.
  • The Cool Spot
    ‘The young teen’ place for info on alcohol and resisting peer pressure’. Reality check, facts about alcohol, peer pressure, the right to resist, real life and too much, too soon, too risky. USA.

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Other Drug Resources

  • Addiction Centre
    Multiple sections, though some irrelevant as they are US based. The Browse Drugs, Treatment and Addiction Resources section may prove worthwhile. USA.
  • Addictions and Recovery
    Helpguide.org. ‘When you’re stuck in the cycle of addiction, recovery can seem out of reach. But change is possible with the right treatment and support, and by making lifestyle changes that address your addiction’s root cause’. USA.
  • Candy - Study Guide
    Enhance TV. ‘Candy is a moral tale about the destructiveness of heroin addiction - two attractive young people have their lives nearly destroyed by it. It acknowledges that addiction comes from pleasure, but does not make the life of addicts seem attractive. The destructive power of heroin is clearly shown. Candy could be used with senior students in: English; Media Studies; Drug education; Health and Human Relations; Values education classes. It is rated MA15+’
  • Don’t Turn a Night Out into a Nightmare
    Find details of this program linked to alcohol consumption and play The Game to see what consequences can be for decisions made. Australian government.
  • Drug Education
    Department of Education and Training, Victoria. ‘Provides information and resources on the Department of Education and Training’s Drug Education program. Has a range of useful material for schools, teachers and parents’. The Learning and Teaching section provides access to a range of information.
  • Drug Info@Your Library
    Multiple sections covering an A-Z of Drugs, Parents & Carers, Young People, Indigenous People, Getting Help, Students & Teachers and Information for Public Libraries. State Library of NSW.
  • DrugSearch Encyclopaedia
    UK. ‘DrugSearch is DrugScope’s online encyclopaedia of drugs and their history, effects and the law’. A related page but for 11 to 14 year olds, is called D-world. UK.
  • Mouse Party
    ‘Take a look inside the brains of mice on drugs ! Every drug of abuse has its own unique molecular mechanism. You’ll learn how these various drugs disrupt the synapse to make the user feel “high” ’. USA.
  • NIDA for Teens
    “The Science Behind Drug Abuse”. Facts on Drugs, Ask a Doctor, glossary, brain responses to different drugs, take home activities, information for educators and parents as well as Teens. Links to related sites. Includes information on prescription drugs [see below]. USA.
  • NIDA - Prescription Drugs Abuse and Addiction
    ‘Publication answers questions about the consequences of abusing commonly prescribed medications. Information on what research has taught us about how medications affect the brain and body. Also discusses treatment options’. USA.
  • Parent Resources : Helpful Tips for Teen Addiction Recovery
    ‘No parent wants to watch their children succumb to these self-destructive habits - and nobody is ever completely prepared for when it happens. But anything you can do to educate yourself and your loved ones will put you and your kids at an advantage. Keep these resources handy and stay ahead of the curve’. USA.
  • Parenting Strategies : Preventing Adolescent Alcohol Misuse
    ‘Parents can have a big influence on their adolescent child’s decisions about drinking. It’s never too early or too late to learn some strategies to help protect your child from alcohol problems’.
  • Somazone
    ‘Website developed by young people for young people. Provides fast, free, anonymous access to quality assured information. Program of the Australian Drug Foundation’. Has Q & A section, stories, Fact Sheets, links, more.
  • Treatment-Centres
    While much of the site is US-specific, the sections on Addiction, Treatment and Resources could be useful. Be careful in the school setting with some of the behavioural addiction areas.
  • Treatment for Addiction
    ‘Drug addiction is a medical disease, and it can be cured only by seeking treatment. Treatment can take place in a variety of locations, for varying lengths of time and in many different ways’. Three of the four sections are most relevant in Australia. USA.

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Health Education

Check the Nutrition page for further information on nutrition.

Eating Disorders

  • ABC Health & Wellbeing Fact File
    ‘Many of us are anxious about our weight, but for people with eating disorders, dieting becomes dysfunctional, even dangerous’. Background, specific conditions, treatment, prognosis, more. ABC.
  • Eating Disorders Explained
    Overview, further sections, related links. Includes myths, Fact Sheets, Eating Disorders in Males, more.
  • Eating Disorders - Kid’s Health
    Multi-page article with further specific topics for Parents, Kids and Teens. Links to additional resources and other health areas. American site.
  • HealthInsite
    ‘Find out the facts about eating disorders, including what they are, who’s affected by them and what to do if you need help and support’.
  • myDr.com.au
    Short section on eating disorders with an emphasis on anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Links.

General Information

  • A Healthy and Active Australia
    Department of Health. ‘Information and initiatives on healthy eating, regular physical activity and overweight and obesity to assist all Australians to lead healthy and active lives’.
  • BMI - Body Mass Index : BMI Calculator
    Calculator indicating underweight, normal, overweight, obese status. Simple to use. Other Body Mass Index information.
  • Health and Physical Education Resources [Elementary]
    Canadian Program [Ontario]. ‘The resources are organised into two main sections that are consistent with the 2015 Curriculum : Movement Competence & Active Living, and Healthy Living’. Canada.
  • Health Education Materials
    From the Children’s Health Fund. Select from the range of areas in the main menu under this heading. USA.
  • Health Lesson Idea Menu
    ‘Presents Health lesson ideas for you to use in your Health education program. These ideas are from teachers around the globe’. From About the Body to Stress Management. USA.
  • Health Topics
    Women’s Health Queensland Wide. Alphabetical listing from ageing and alcohol through to vaccination and warts. Care needs to be taken with some topics.
  • Kids Health
    Suitable information for children, interactive activities to create a better understanding.
  • Lesson Plan Library
    ‘Lesson plans include suggestions for adaptations for older or younger audiences’. Most for Grade 6 up. USA.
  • Topics A-Z, Kid’s Health
    Child and Youth Health, South Australia. Covers every aspect of health. A linked page from the same site covers General Health Topics including a specific group covering Indigenous people and sections on Nutrition and a Healthy Lifestyle.

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Healthy Lifestyle

Puberty & The Teenage Years

  • Kids’ Health : Teens
    For students in the teenage years. Help for health matters, the mind, sexual matters, other aspects of teenage life. USA.
  • Make Puberty Easier for Your Tween
    Covers Physical, Emotional and Social Changes plus resources. About.com. Check the Tweens Categories listing on the left for related topics. International.
  • Nearly Teens
    From Kid’s Health [CYH South Australia]. Has a series of topics from Acne to Zits that are specifically linked to the teen years.
  • Pressure Point
    ‘Find the latest information on health issues affecting youth of today’. Sections on health care, sexual health, mental health, drugs & alcohol, lifestyle, more.
  • Puberty - Changes in Thinking
    Changes to themselves, changing relationships, peer pressure, family conflict, FAQs, wanting to be grown up, more.
  • Puberty [Female]
    What it is, stages, psychological changes, more. There is also a Puberty [Male] page with similar sections. Virtual Medical Centre.

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