Students learn lesson on drugs in sport

A new suite of lesson plans aimed at helping high school students learn about sports integrity topics such as doping, match-fixing and illicit drug use has been released by the Minister for Health, Sussan Ley.

Jointly developed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and the National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU), the lessons target students in Years 9 to 12 and emphasise the importance of fair play and clean sport.

Launching the plans, Ms Ley said threats to the integrity of sport around the world had risen in recent years.

“If we want to protect sport in Australia we all need to understand what those threats are, what factors make sports vulnerable, and what we can do to prevent those threats taking hold,” Ms Ley said.

“Research shows that attitudes and values are shaped at a young age, so school programs like these ones will go a long way to improving the integrity of Australia’s sporting landscape in years to come.”

She said the lessons posed ways for students to explore questions such as:

*What are the health risks of various banned substances?

*Should drugs in sport be allowed in some circumstances?

* What factors might increase the vulnerability of sports to match-fixing?

* And how can illegal gambling corrupt sport?

Ms Ley said activities included asking students to complete mock diaries to experience what it was like to be an elite athlete, holding a mock anti-doping tribunal for Australian anti-doping cases and designing programs to prevent, detect and sanction the use of illicit drugs in sport.

The Minister said the lessons were developed in response to changes to the national health and physical education curriculum earlier this year.

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