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This document is intended as a set of guidelines reflected in 12 Principles for school drug education. These 12 principles provide a broad conceptual tool to inform the planning, implementation and review of school drug education programs, policies and practices.

It is noted that effective practice is dependent upon the local context and needs and the principles have been developed so they can be interpreted at this level.

The 12 Principles are interrelated, broad and generic, focused on school-based interactions and interventions, embedded within a broader health promoting approach and informed by (and support) evidence-based practice.

The 12 Principles are organised around four key interconnecting themes for effective school drug education including:

  • Comprehensive and evidence-based practice,
  • Positive school climate and relationships,
  • Targeted to needs and context, and
  • Effective pedagogy.


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