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YEARS 11 & 12

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Introducing Healthy Brain – Smart Choice Part 2 online modules for Years 11 & 12 students. Under the umbrella ‘Save Your Brain’ (SYB) series, reinforces an understanding of how the brain develops throughout the early years and particularly in adolescent years. In so doing, it introduces students to the impact of substances and other risk taking behaviours which can harm such development. Importantly it covers how students can make healthier decisions that will affect their brain and body, particularly in peer settings. Students will investigate and be encouraged to initiate action for change, when they discover unhealthy settings within their friendship groups, sporting contexts and in their wider communities.

Healthy Brain – Smart Choice Part 2 years 11 & 12 curriculum supports students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to create opportunities and take action to enhance their own and others' health and safety with regard to choices they make about harmful substances and other risky situations. Peer pressure is re-visited, as dealt with in the Year 9-10 resource, as well as the influence of older contacts via part time jobs and new friends made as they approach tertiary education. Students develop skills to manage their emotions, understand the physical and social changes that are occurring for them and examine how the nature of their relationships changes over time.


The content provides opportunities for students to contribute to building a positive school environment that influences healthy, safe and active choices for everyone. 

Expected Benefits

Prevent teen uptake of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other illicit drugs via:

  • Increased health literacy of drug harms and the volatility of substances.

  • adoption of social/negotiation skills to resist unwanted social requests related to drug taking.

  • Greater awareness of opportunities, capacity and willingness to seek early help.

​Be well informed on the following topics:

  • alcohol and other drugs 

  • food and nutrition (FN)

  • mental health and wellbeing 

Program Development

The program  has been inspired by recent research in the United States through the Institute of Behaviour and Health and other research that shows the importance of ‘Protective Factors’ in child and youth development.

The program has been developed through a combination of research and experience from educators/teachers, neuroscientists, mental health experts, drug and alcohol researchers. It has received feedback from schools, sporting groups, parents and grandparents and will be regularly updated with ongoing feedback.

Schools and Education Providers linked to the Towards Healthier School Communities project will be invited to be first to trial the program. 

Cyber Safety

Online safety can be best managed if teachers/parents ensure that material accessed is age appropriate and regularly monitored, especially during periods of individual or group research. In addition, each module should be introduced with an overview and concluded with a debrief.

Young People | eSafety

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For Teachers
Healthy Brain - Smart Choice Offers:

Flexibility of content and choice of tasks within each module, to enable tailoring course work to the needs and priorities of their students.

Teachers will know that our experiences and actions affect the way our brains develop with positive role models and interactions from family members and other a such as club leaders, coachers, teachers, friends and social group. 

Quality feedback, reactions and experiential learning add to the student’s ‘tool kit’ by helping them to learn:

  • Strategies for relating and interacting with others 

  • Assertive behaviour skill 

  • How to establish and manage relationships – offline and online 

  • General health and wellbeing activities 

  • Observe real resilience skills in action that support ‘bounce back’ behaviour

  • How others demonstrate coping skills  and ‘help seeking’ strategies

Each Module is linked to the Australian Curriculum.

Format & Topics

This online program comprises three or more 45-minute flexible, modules/sessions that focus on:


  • Module 1: Brain development and risk-taking behaviour? (Includes vaping)

  • Module 2: Legal and Health issues related to risk-taking behaviour.

  • Module 3: Ways to avoid risky situations including: Road/passenger safety + Healthy life practices including avoiding use of alcohol, drugs and vapes & avoiding unprotected sex


The Pedagogy of online sessions includes explainer videos, information from drug experts and neuroscientists, interactive discussion with young people and activities related to Units of Enquiry to apply learnings.

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Key learning areas -

Health and Physical Education, Technologies.


General capabilities -

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding.

Want to get involved?


If you are interested in participating at any level, or want more information, please contact Jo Baxter at Drug Free Australia

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