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Is Australia ‘fair dinkum’ about drug education in schools?*

Overview of attention for article published in Drug & Alcohol Review, May 2009
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Title
Is Australia ‘fair dinkum’ about drug education in schools?*
Published in
Drug & Alcohol Review, May 2009
DOI 10.1080/09595230701373842
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Authors

RICHARD MIDFORD

Abstract

School drug education is seen by governments as an ideal prevention strategy because it offers the potential to stop use by the next generation. Australian schools expanded drug education substantially during the 1960s in response to rising use by young people, and in 1970 the first national drug education programme was launched. In the mid-1990s the level and quality of drug education increased noticeably. Unfortunately, subsequent national initiatives have failed to capitalise on the gains made during this period. Some good quality, independent research, such as the Gatehouse Project and the School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP), has been conducted in Australia. However, national-level momentum is being lost, because there is little commitment to the development of evidence-based mass programmes. In this climate drug education has become vulnerable to short-term decision-making that emphasises palatable, policy-driven outcomes and focuses on strategies designed to bolster the legitimacy of these goals. So is Australia 'fair dinkum' about drug education in schools? There is a history of innovation, and past programmes have left behind pockets of expertise, but the challenge is to invest continuously in methods with evidence of success, rather than settle for cyclical programmes driven by the political and moral palliatives of the day. To do less is to fail the young people of Australia.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 1 3%
Canada 1 3%
Unknown 36 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 6 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 16%
Researcher 6 16%
Student > Bachelor 6 16%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 11%
Other 4 11%
Unknown 6 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 12 32%
Medicine and Dentistry 10 26%
Psychology 3 8%
Arts and Humanities 2 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 3%
Other 3 8%
Unknown 7 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 June 2016.
All research outputs
#3,552,947
of 12,366,641 outputs
Outputs from Drug & Alcohol Review
#588
of 1,160 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#78,103
of 265,736 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Drug & Alcohol Review
#14
of 34 outputs
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