Evaluation of a school leavers intervention 2001

  • Research program: Harm reduction policy and strategies
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date:
  • Expected end date: September 2003
  • Completion date: November 2010
  • Funded by: SDEP
  • Lead organisation:

This project is the third in a series of evaluations of how Western Australian holiday communities manage the annual school leavers' celebrations. In 2001 evaluations were conducted of locally managed leaver celebrations on Rottenest Island and at Margaret River. The particular issue being investigated this year was local sustainability. In the case of Rottnest the local community had taken total management control of celebrations, where in the previous year considerable external support had been provided. In the case of Margaret River the community had developed its own management strategy with external advice, but minimal resource support. The evaluations gathered data from the respective communities and from the visiting leavers with the aim of identifying those elements that were critical to successful local management of this event.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Co-investigator: Fiona Farringdon, Curtin University
  • Project staff: Nicole Young, Curtin University
  • Project staff: Sarah Midford,
  • Project staff: James Tannenbaum,

Midford, R., Young, N., A., Farringdon, F. and Bogaards, T. (2004). School leaver celebrations in Western Australia: A three year intervention study. International Journal of Health Promotion & Education, 42, (4), pp. 100-108. [RJ447]

Midford, R., Midford, S. and Farringdon, F. (2002). Leavers at Margaret River: A Community Approach to Planning and Management. In Midford, R. (ed.). NDRI, Curtin University, Perth. [T125]

Young, N., A., Midford, R. and Farringdon, F. (2002). School Leavers’ Celebrations on Rottnest Island: Going it Alone. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. [T126]