high-school-dropout-300x164 This project aims to determine the best and most cost-effective way to help 11–14 year olds re-engage with school when they become at risk for dropping out, by conducting a gold-standard, randomised-control trial. 20% of Australians fail to attain a Year 12 or equivalent certificate, often for preventable reasons. Dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, have psychological, social, and health problems, and end up in prison. This project could influence implementation of programs and policy related to youth dropout, promote youth economic, social and physical well-being, and decrease their chances of committing crimes and becoming a social burden.

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Rajiv Maharaj

Team Leader

Professor Joseph Ciarrochi


Professor Joseph Ciarrochi, Dr Philip Parker, Professor Rhonda Craven, Professor Richard Ryan, Associate Professor David Evans, Dr Cathy Little, Dr Baljinder Sahdra, Dr Fabri Blacklock, Dr Sarah McDonagh

Start Date

1 July 2016

End Date

30 June 2019

Funding Body

The Trustee for the Bill Crews Charitable Trust


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