Schools drug prevention program wins Rotary award

February 2015

Dr Lexine Stapinski has been recognised with Australian Rotary Health Knowledge Dissemination Award for her work developing universal school-based programs for adolescents. Dr Stapinski, a research fellow at NDARC's Centre for Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, has led the development of the Positive Choices project. Positive Choices is a web-based portal which facilitates access to evidence-based school-based drug prevention programs and resources.

In addition, in November 2014 every secondary school in Australia (over 3,000 schools) received an illegal drug resource package containing an online drug education game (Pure Rush) and information booklets for parents, teachers and students. To view the game and resources, visit