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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1159 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 November 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on

CANNABIS — EDUCATION CAMPAIGN

1159. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the McGowan government's statewide campaign planned for December 2022 to increase awareness of the potential harms associated with cannabis use for people under the age of 25 years.

(1) What is the budget for the campaign?

(2) What costs to date have been spent on the campaign?

(3) Will a similar campaign be run concurrently on the potential harms of alcohol consumption?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question, which I answer on behalf of the Leader of the House. The following information is provided on behalf of the Minister for Health.

(1) The total budget for the Mental Health Commission's new Drug Aware public education campaign, ''The Growing Brain'', is $605 808, excluding GST, for the 2021–22 and 2022–23 financial years.

(2) The total spend to date has been $206 000, excluding GST, over the 2021–22 and 2022–23 financial years.

(3) The state government has funded delivery of the ''Alcohol.Think Again'' public education program since 2010. The program comprises three distinct campaign streams—alcohol and health; alcohol, parents and young people; and alcohol and pregnancy—that use a mass–reach social marketing strategy. The new parents, young people and alcohol ''We all need to say no'' campaign was launched on 3 July 2022, with statewide media scheduled to continue to May 2023.