The Australian Red Cross save-a-mate (SAM) program aims to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to prevent, recognise and respond to emergencies that may result from alcohol and other drug use.
Although there is no safe way to use drugs, and despite the harms associated with them, some people will still choose to use them. This course provides accurate and non-judgemental education allowing participants to make informed decisions and support others to do the same.
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On successful completion of a SAM course participants will be awarded a certificate.
What does the course cover?
· Drugs and their classifications
· Recognising standard drinks
· Drugs and the central nervous system
· Risk factors for overdose
· Signs and symptoms of an overdose
· Responding to an overdose
· Harm reduction strategies
· Dealing with Emergency Services
The SAM program has been running in Australia for nearly 20 years, educating approximately 10,000 young people each year. In 2013, SAM received a Highly Commended Award for Excellence in Service for Young People from the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia.
The relevance of the SAM program lays in the fact that many alcohol and other drug emergencies (including overdoses) are actually witnessed by someone else. Early intervention can have a significant impact on the outcome.
The training is an interactive 2.5 hour workshop. Ideal group size is <20, however duration and size of the workshops can be negotiated in the booking process.
This training is supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program.