Climate Schools

Climate Schools is the most innovative and engaging way to empower students to gain knowledge about their health and wellbeing. Climate Schools provides 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.

Climate Schools video introduction About the Climate Schools program

Who is behind Climate Schools?

Climate Schools was developed by 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 the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. The courses were developed in close collaboration with teachers, students and education specialists to ensure they fit within the school health curriculum and appeal to students of all learning styles.

Course Benefits

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.

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NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. University of NSW.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

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).

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