Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)

Day 1 Concurrent Sessions & Workshops

SDERA (School Drug Education and Road Aware)

Mick Jackson Pierce and Catriona Coe




Thursday (WA)

11.30 – 12.30



Meeting the Challenge of School Drug Education


Alcohol and other drug (AOD) use issues, are complex.  Alcohol and other drug use issues, give cause for concern.  Alcohol and other drug use issues, like any other health issues, need to be addressed.


To do this effectively in any context requires a well constructed, multi-faceted approach that is known, supported and understood.  In the school context, this can be described as a whole-school approach to drug education.   


This workshop offered by School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) will offer insight into the ease with which any school can develop an approach to drug education that is “whole-school” and offers staff, students and parents the best opportunity of working together in strategic and sustainable ways to aim to prevent and reduce potential risks of harm from AOD use. 


Through the workshop, we will explore components of SDERA resources including Getting it Together: A Whole-School Approach to Drug Education and our National Curriculum aligned Challenges and Choices. 


We will also offer insight into our Changing Health Acting Together (CHAT) initiative which offers intensive in-school support to guide schools, step-by-step as they develop a best practice whole-school approach to drug education.  Further, we will share success stories from schools engaged with CHAT and provide a snapshot of achievement as measured by evaluation in conjunction with the Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC), Edith Cowan University.


While AOD use issues are complex, support from SDERA can assist schools to see these issues more clearly and to build an effective, inclusive, whole-school approach to prevention and early intervention that benefits the whole school community. 


About Mick


Mick Jackson Pierce is a Consultant with School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) in Perth Western Australia. Mick has almost 20 years experience in the health field. He has worked in partnership with schools to improve student’s health, social and emotional quality of life by educating and supporting schools to work towards change in health and social environments.


About Catriona


Currently working as a consultant with School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA), Catriona Coe has 14 years experience in the Alcohol and Other Drug field and has worked as a counsellor, group facilitator and educator in therapeutic and community settings in both the UK and in Australia. Her current role focuses on prevention education and early intervention strategies and practices in the school context and includes writing resources as well as constructing and delivering professional development workshops for school based staff statewide.