The School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP) study was developed and researched at the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University and funded by the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway).

The NDRI researchers responsible for the initial SHAHRP study were Nyanda McBride, Richard Midford and Fiona Farringdon. Key writer of the original SHAHRP intervention materials was Helen Cahill from the Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne.

Contributing writers were Marg Sheehan from the Youth Research Centre and Fiona Farringdon. Writers were contracted to base the content and style of the SHAHRP materials on formative research including: evidence based components from drug education scientific literature; focus groups with young people; and modifications made after piloting the program with teachers and students in schools.

Contributors to the SHAHRP intervention materials include: young people involved in study focus groups, pilot and longitudinal study teachers and students.

Researchers responsible for the changes made to SHAHRP in the SHAHRP Refresh project include: Clare Stevens (NDRI), Nyanda McBride (NDRI), Fiona Farringdon (Notre Dame University) and Michael McKay (University of Liverpool). Key informants who have been using SHAHRP materials for several years provided valuable input and we thank them for their important insights.

In addition, the SHAHRP team acknowledges the assistance of others involved in providing information for the original version of SHAHRP:

  • Darren Skov for his assistance in linking the SHAHRP materials to the overarching learning outcomes of the Western Australian Curriculum Framework and the Health and Physical Education learning area outcomes (details available on the SHAHRP website at
  • The Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services for granting permission to use the "How Will You Feel Tomorrow" video from the "How Will You Feel Tomorrow" education kit.
  • The Transport Accident Commission for granting permission to use the "Bush Telegraph" commercial.
  • The Youth Research Centre for granting permission to use the video from the "Rethinking Drinking" program ("Rethinking Drinking" was funded by the Australian Brewers' Foundation).
  • St John's Ambulance staff for their assistance in identifying appropriate first aid procedures for the Phase Two lessons.