Review of the principles for drug education in schools

  • Research program: Prevention and early intervention
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: May 2000
  • Expected end date: March 2001
  • Completion date: November 2010
  • Funded by: DETYA
  • Lead organisation:

Collaborating Centre: The Centre for Youth Drug Studies (CYDS) at the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF).

This project has been undertaken in response to a Commonwealth tender to review the 1994 "Principles for Drug Education in Schools". This seminal document was developed in the early 1990s as a collaborative initiative of the States, Territories and Commonwealth, within the broader framework of the School Development in Health Education (SDHE) project. Since publication of the "Principles Document" it has been used by a number of state education jurisdictions to guide drug education policy and practice and is widely accepted around Australia as a succinct and authoritative summary of best practice in school based drug education. An updated "Principles Document" and accompanying video, based on the research findings from this project, are currently being prepared by the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST).

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
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Associate Professor Nyanda McBride
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1600
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Prevention and early intervention


  • Chief Investigator: Richard Midford, Curtin University
  • Co-investigator: Geoff Munro, Alcohol and Drug Foundation
  • Co-investigator: Pamela Snow, Centre for Youth Drug Studies
  • Project staff: Ursula Ladzinski,

This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

Midford, R., Munro, G., McBride, N., Snow, P. and Ladzinski, U. (2002). Principles that underpin effective school-based drug education. Journal of Drug Education, 32, (4), pp. 363-386. doi:10.2190/T66J-YDBX-J256-J8T9 [RJ389] View web page