Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Kids Told Life's Not a Licence to Take Risks; Teenagers Welcome High School Seminars Showing the Dangers They Face from Driving, Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Partying

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Kids Told Life's Not a Licence to Take Risks; Teenagers Welcome High School Seminars Showing the Dangers They Face from Driving, Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Partying

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Byline: KIMBERLEY SMITH news@northernstar.com.au

PLAN ahead, know the risks, make informed decisions and look after friends.

These were the key messages that more than 3900 Year 11 students from 50 high schools on the North Coast received at this month's RRISK (Reduce Risk, Increase Student Knowledge) seminars.

Three of the day-long seminars, held at Lismore's Southern Cross University from Tuesday to Thursday this week, challenged students to make safer choices.

Paul Dillon, from Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, was the key speaker. Sean Mccarthy, 17, of St Mary's Casino, said that Mr Dillon was inspirational and entertaining.

"Paul brought home to us the dangers involved with adolescent behaviour and I think he will make many think twice before making stupid decisions," Sean said.

Jodie Walters, 16, also from St Mary's, said the seminar was hands-on and focused on issues for both boys and girls.

"As a female, it was good to learn more about the risk-taking behaviour most common to young women and why," Jodie said. …

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