Continuing Dissemination of the School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project

  • Research program: Prevention and early intervention
  • Project status: Current
  • Start date: January 2007
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The award-winning SHAHRP research is world first in assessing the impact of alcohol harm reduction program in secondary school. The results from the Randomised Controlled Trial (from baseline to final follow-up 32 months later) showed that students who participated in SHAHRP lessons had 10% greater alcohol related knowledge, consumed 20% less alcohol, were 19.5% less likely to drink to harmful or hazardous levels, experienced 33% less harm associated with their own use of alcohol and 10% less harm associated with other people’s use of alcohol than did the control group (who participated in regular alcohol lessons). The SHAHRP Randomised Controlled Trial has been replicated nationally and internationally.

SHAHRP has provided foundational knowledge to national and international policy (n=53), including for the World Health Organisation, the Australian and the UK Governments. SHAHRP has a long-standing record of research that is scalable in national and international research settings and highly applicable to policy and practice. Since 2011, when recording of impact was initiated, there have been multiple active translations of SHAHRP each year to policy and practice globally. Over 500+ organisations from 54 countries and a diverse range of sectors have adopted SHAHRP into their practice and/or service provision. In Australia, the education sector has adopted SHAHRP since 2004, and over 2000 community organisations have incorporated SHAHRP into their core activities including many non-education organisations such as Prevention Agencies; Social Services; Health Promotion Services; Centre’s for Disease Control; Police Departments; Juvenile Justice Departments; Health Authorities; Drug and Alcohol Task Forces; the Military; Community Support and Services; and Assault Crisis Centres.

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Associate Professor Nyanda McBride
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1600
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Chief Investigator

Prevention and early intervention


Associate Professor Nyanda McBride
Associate Professor
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1600
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This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets: