NATIONAL ILLICIT DRUGS PREVENTION PROJECT
A joint project provided by SICMAA and Springvale Community Health Service.
By My Dung Nguyen
The two-year project, Illicit Drug prevention for the Indo-Chinese community in Greater Dandenong is funded by the Federal Government’s Department of Health and Aged Care (DHAC).
To equip the Indo-Chinese community with information on illicit drugs as well as to assist young people and their families with drug related issues.
- Young people and their families in the City of Greater Dandenong.
A social visit to the Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre had been arranged by the project workers. Thirty representatives from local organisations, religious, and ethnic groups attended the trip. The visit gave members of local Asian community opportunity:
To see the condition under which young people who were sentenced by the Courts are cared for.
To see the type of education & training young people receive while in custody.
To have a barbecue and friendly chat with young people as well as to the prison staff.
A web site has been designed by students from Heatherhill, Coomoora and Springvale Secondary schools. The web site will consist of information on illicit drugs and their related issues.
A drug information session had been organised with more than thirty parents attended. Information related to drugs such as what is a drug, who uses drugs, symptoms show that young people are using drugs and what should parents do if their children are using drugs were provided by the project workers.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to:
Mr. Phong Nguyen, Director of SICMAA
Mr. Bala Mudaly, Co-ordinator of Youth Health and Support Service of SCHS
Mrs. Be Ha J.P, President of SICMAA
All members of the Project Reference Group
All members of Young People Reference Group (Coomoora, Heatherhill and Springvale Secondary Colleges)
Thank you all of you who help us to send the message on illicit drugs to the community in order to make a change.