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OurFutures is a leading provider of proven evidence-based drug, alcohol, and health education programs for high school students. We’re working towards a world where every young person is happy, functioning, and confident, fostering a brighter tomorrow for everyone.

Get early access to our Vaping Prevention Program

The OurFutures Vaping Prevention Program is undergoing evaluation in a cluster randomised controlled trial across 40 schools in NSW, QLD, and WA. This trial is Australia’s most rigorous evaluation of a vaping prevention program.

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Clinically proven to influence positive choices

Our universally accessible drug and alcohol programs have been clinically tested with some programs having lasting positive effects into early adulthood. Their effectiveness has been established in eight large, randomised controlled trials and some earning the highest-evidence ratings from the NCETA and the Australian Government-funded Positive Choices portal.

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If 1.5 million Australian high school students had access to our Prevention Programs, we would have:

Fewer adolescents  binge drinking

Fewer
hospitalisations

Reduction in hazardous alcohol and drug use*

Co-designed with teachers and students, for our young people

OurFutures was developed by researchers based at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney and co-designed with teachers and high school students. Each course is based on cognitive behaviour and social influence theory and is mapped to the Australian and state curricula, with no teacher training required.

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Fun and engaging content

Our innovative prevention programs are relatable and fun, making tricky and complex topics accessible. Courses include:

  • Relatable cartoon storylines
  • Interactive exercises
  • Summaries and factsheets
  • Additional classroom and homework activities
OurFutures global reach

The researchers and program developers behind OurFutures are world leaders in improving the health and wellbeing of people affected by substance use and mental health disorders. The OurFutures drug and alcohol education courses are currently being translated internationally in the UK, Canada, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, USA, and Germany.

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In the NewsMedia Releases| May 17, 2024

OurFutures Vaping program showcased by Federal Ministers

  (L-R) Kate Ross Senior Research Program Officer, Professor Cath Chapman, Ken Wallace CEO OurFutures Institute, The Honourable Federal Education…
May 17, 2024Read More
| April 17, 2024

Evolving Drug Laws in Australia

Australia's approach to drug laws has undergone significant changes in recent years, reflecting a global shift towards more progressive and…
April 17, 2024Read More
| April 17, 2024

The 7-Year Effectiveness of School-Based Alcohol Use Prevention

At 7-year follow-up, students in all 3 intervention groups reported reduced odds of alcohol-related harms compared to the control group…
April 17, 2024Read More
| April 8, 2024

How to have a conversation with your teen about mental health

Adolescence is a formative time of exploration, development, and multiple physical, emotional, social and psychological changes. Emotional ups and downs…
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