Choices

The Choices Program is a cross agency initiative led by Mackay Crime Prevention Unit. 

 

Choices delivers over 40 safety messages to school leavers in the North Queensland area each year, with a specific focus on Schoolies events. The messages are delivered through a unique dramatic production which is written, directed and performed by students from the Conservatorium of Music at CQ University in Mackay.

Choices uses music and drama in an energetic and humorous way to encourage young people to make safer choices during end of school celebrations. A discussion panel with representatives from the Queensland Departments of Health, Police and Transport follows the presentations, and young people are encouraged to ask questions about any issue they wish.
 
The Choices committee oversees the preparation for the program, and has representatives from the Conservatorium of Music (CQ University), The Sexual Health and Sexual Assault Service (Qld Health), Mackay Crime Prevention (Qld Police), Dept of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Dept of Transport, Dept of Education, Training and the Arts and The Whitsunday Schoolies Advisory Committee. Choices is evaluated through feedback from school students and teachers, and results are overwhelmingly positive.  Evaluations are conducted directly after each presentation and also through follow-up surveys of young people during the Whitsunday Schoolies' event.

The choices program will be delivered at the following schools:

  • Mackay State High School

  • St Anthony's Catholic College

  • Cathedral School of St Anne and St James

  • St Catherine's Catholic College

  • William Ross State High School

  • Ingham State High School

  • Northern Beaches State High School

  • Townsville State High School

  • Kirwan State High School

  • Ignatius Park College

  • Thuringowa State High School

  • Blackheath and Thornburgh College

  • Charters Towers State High School

  • All Souls St Gabriels School

  • Columba Catholic College

  • Aye State High School

  • Mirani State High School

  • Holy Spirit College

  • Bowen State High School

  • Home Hill State High School

  • Proserpine State High School

  • Whitsunday Christian College

  • North Rockhampton State High School

  • Glenmore State High School

  • Whitsunday Anglican School

  • Mackay North State High School

  • St Patrick's College

  • Pioneer State High School

  • Sarina State High School