What is Climate Schools Plus?

Climate Schools Plus is an online intervention for parents and students to prevent alcohol and cannabis use and related harms in adolescents. The parent program is integrated with the effective Climate Schools student program (www.climateschools.com.au).

Who is behind Climate Schools Plus?

Climate Schools Plus was developed by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia with input from researchers at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Climate Schools Plus was developed in close collaboration with parents, students and teachers, and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and the Society for Mental Health Research.

Do I need to pay to use Climate Schools Plus?

No. Access to Climate Schools Plus is for the purpose of research that is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and the Society for Mental Health Research.

How do I gain access to Climate Schools Plus?

Currently, Climate Schools Plus is only accessible to parents and researchers who are evaluating the usability of the site. If you are interested in being part of this evaluation, please contact us. Likewise, if you are part of this research but having trouble logging on, please contact us.

In 2018 we will be conducting a trial to test the effectiveness of Climate Schools Plus in preventing alcohol and cannabis use and related harms in adolescents. This trial will be run through high schools in NSW. If you think your child’s school would be interested in participating, please contact us

Technical Requirements

Climate Schools Plus requires a stable internet connection and access to a web browser. CSP has been tested using Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. If you have any technical issues accessing the site, please contact us.

Can I access this website on my phone or other mobile device?

Yes. Climate Schools Plus is optimised to be accessed on your phone, tablet and other mobile devices.

Evidence Base

What does evidence-based mean?

To say that a resource is “evidence-based” is to say that it is informed or supported by evidence. The evidence that supports or backs up a particular resource may take different forms. In the case of the Climate Schools Plus parent program, “evidence-based” means that the information provided comes from a reliable information source, and is backed by research studies. All of the information contained in the parent program has been reviewed by researchers, other experts working in the field and by parents.

The evidence-base for resources is important, as this helps us to judge how reliable and effective the resource is. Not all information on the internet is reliable and accurate. To help you evaluate the evidence-base for Climate Schools Plus modules, we provide a full list of the resources used to inform each module on the “References” page at the end of each module.

Contact Us

If you have a question or comment that is not answered in these FAQs, please contact us

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