Commonwealth illicit drug education: Positive Choices portal maintenance

  • Project status: Current
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Expected end date: June 2020
  • Completion date:
  • Funded by:
  • Lead organisation: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)

Positive Choices launched 6th December 2015.

Ongoing work with Positive Choices will include:

Reviewing and updating of resources

This will include the provision of updating existing resources and materials to reflect the changing trends in drug use and the development of new research and interventions. The Project Manager is required to ensure the accuracy of information, ensuring the information is both evidence-based and contemporary.

To identify new evidence or new resources for inclusion, regular reviews will be conducted of the research literature, national and international drug prevention sites and networks. Updates to the Portal content will include updating of existing information and inclusion of new evidence-based resources.


Ongoing promotion activities

Building on the promotional activities undertaken within Phase 3 of the project, Phase 4 will include ongoing promotion that will further enhance the profile of the Positive Choices Portal nationally. This will include promotion at relevant conferences and education sector events, liaison with key representative bodies, mail-outs and web promotion via social media.

Dissemination of resources and evidence-based information

Hard-copy and electronic resources created throughout phases 1-3 of the project will continue to be disseminated throughout schools on request. In addition, information about evidence-based drug prevention to parents, teachers, mental health professionals and the wider community will continue to be disseminated via seminars and conference presentations.

Interface and Communication with end users

Through the Positive Choices Portal, end users (teachers, parents and students) will have access to a Q&A section of the Portal for expert answers on questions relating to drugs and alcohol. Teachers will also have the ability to provide feedback on existing drug education resources.

In addition, ongoing communication more broadly will be facilitated through quarterly e-newsletters which will highlight new research findings, new or featured resources and conferences presentations. These will be distributed to those users who have subscribed to the e-newsletters.

186,000 resource packages delivered to 3,072 secondary schools across Australia in Nov 2014

Positive Choices builds on existing research and resources, such as:

Prevention programs, including:

School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP)


Get Ready program

Life skills training

CLIMATE Schools programs

Making the Link – Indigenous specific resources

Ongoing maintenance of the website.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Chief Investigator: Lexine Stapinski, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Nicola Newton, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Dr Catherine Chapman, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Maree Teesson, University of New South Wales