Schools and Young People

The Schools and Young People program develops evidence-based resources for schools and people who work with young people, such as teachers, youth workers, AOD clinicians, mental health workers, school nurses and parents.  

The Schools and Young People program collaborates with the Department of Education centres in most states, particularly with DEECD Victoria, and other youth specific health and education organisations.

We currently have 7 ongoing projects including an NHMRC research grant (see below). We also offer Young People, Drugs and Society online and face-to-face as a single subject as part of our Graduate Program.


MAKINgthelink - Seeking Help for Risky Drinking
This evidence-based  program comprises a teacher manual, seven interactive and engaging discussion-based activities for secondary school students, an animation about the effects of alcohol on the developing brain, two vodcasts modelling how to assist a friend to seek help and a presentation template.It has been successfully implemented in three high schools with over 300 adolescents.

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Under Construction: Alcohol and the Teenage Brain
Alcohol affects the teenage brain differently to the adult brain because it is still developing and not all areas are fully operational. This DVD is a 4 minute animation which shows the effects of alcohol use and risky drinking on the different areas of the developing brain and the impact on behaviour. It presents complex and up-to-date neuro-biological evidence in a way that is engaging and relevant for teenagers.

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Parenting Strategies - A free online resource to help parents protect their child from alcohol misuse
www.parentingstrategies.net is an international first web-based parenting program to prevent adolescent alcohol misuse, developed by researchers at the University of Melbourne and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre.

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Cannabis and Consequences II - New
The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) provided Turning Point with funding to review and redevelop the Cannabis & Consequences package (2003).  This package is freely available from the NCPIC website.

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Improving help seeking and peer support for substance use and emotional problems: a cluster randomised controlled trial
Turning Point, in conjunction with Monash University, has been funded to run and evaluate a new help seeking program with year 9 students at 20 schools across Victoria.

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Talking to Teens About Seeking Help Parent Workshop
This workshop is an accompaniment to the student program MAKINGtheLINK: Promoting Help Seeking for Cannabis Use and Mental Health (www.ncpic.org.au) for schools wanting to implement a whole-school approach to help-seeking. It can also be used as a stand-alone workshop to educate parents about young people's help-seeking behaviour and how to minimise the barriers to seeking help from a professional for cannabis and other substance use problems.

Parents also learn about the types of helpers they can access in school and in the community, the meaning of professional confidentiality, and how to talk about substance use problems and seeking help with teenagers. Included in the package are a Trainer's Manual, PowerPoint presentation and four vodcasts.

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