Climate Schools is the most innovative and engaging way to empower students to gain knowledge about their health and wellbeing. Aiming to change and reinvigorate the school climate around alcohol and other drug education, our modules provide curriculum-consistent health education courses proven to reduce harm and improve student well-being. By implementing these user-friendly evidence-based programs you will assist your students in making positive and informed choices for life.
Prior to registering your school, you can preview the Climate Schools course material. You can view a section of the cartoons for the Alcohol module, Alcohol & Cannabis module, and Psychostimulant & Cannabis module. These interactive student lessons will provide a preview before your school registers for full access to the Climate Schools programs.
Who is behind Climate Schools?
Climate Schools was developed by researchers formerly based at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), School of Psychiatry, and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use at UNSW Sydney, and currently based at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Our research shows that Climate Schools programs improve student outcomes by:
- Reducing alcohol consumption
- Reducing binge drinking
- Reducing cannabis use
- Reducing ecstasy use
- Reducing harms related to the use of alcohol and ecstasy
- Reducing intentions to use ecstasy and psychostimulants
- Increasing knowledge about alcohol and cannabis
- Improving attitudes towards alcohol
Access to the courses
Climate Schools can be accessed over the internet by teachers and their students. All of the Climate Schools courses address
health and personal development syllabus outcomes, especially those concerned with mental health and wellbeing.
All of the courses require enrolment keys to access them. To obtain an enrolment key teachers need to register their school.
The Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use received the Rotary Health Australia Knowledge Dissemination Award in 2015 from the Society for Mental Health Research. Climate Schools is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).