to educate and inform identified communities and the wider Ballarat community about the risks and harms associated with binge drinking and substance use
to support and promote the drug education in schools program by providing sector resources to link with schools and better coordinate prevention efforts
provide information and understanding on the harm minimisation policy and how young people and communities can minimise harm to themselves
act as an information, education and lobbying group to encourage responsible drinking in alignment with National Strategy on Alcohol 2006-2009 'Towards Safer Drinking Cultures'
implement and promote the use of evidence based practice approach where appropriate
to involve young people and the community in activities and programs that address the risks and harms associated with binge drinking and substance misuse
SSMART ASSK (Alcohol & Substance Survival Knowledge) Program
The SSMART (Surviving Substance Misuse & Alcohol Risk Taking) Network is a Strengthening Generations working party set up to tackle the issues of binge drinking and substance use in young people. The working party, which includes representatives from local Ballarat community & government agencies* has developed an alcohol and drug awareness education program "ASSK" to inform young people how to survive a risk taking party environment.
Students participate in learning activities that:
clearly identify the risks & harms of drugs & alcohol on the body
provide students with knowledge & awareness of themselves as decision makers
provide awareness of how young people can keep themselves & friends safe in a party environment
what to do when themselves or a friend has their drink spiked
what to do if a young person has taken a substance that puts them at risk
what to do if a friend lapses into unconsciousness (knowledge of the coma position & ringing 000)
The key skills young people will gain from the ASSK Program include:
communicating with meaning & understanding
critical questioning/thinking, active learning
The SSMART ASSK program includes a Party SAFE card for students to take home that includes information such as relevant emergency first aid, including visual clues of the recovery position, emergency phone numbers & drinking safety tips.
ASSK is a program that is evidence based please refer to the evaluation to learn more about the effectiveness of the program.
* members of the SSMART Network include City of Ballarat, Victoria Police, Department Education and Early Childhood Development, UnitingCare Ballarat, Ballarat Community Health Centre, Sebastopol Secondary College, St John Ambulance, Child & Family Services Ballarat, University of Ballarat