DRASTIC: Creative Inclusive has been conducting the open DRASTIC programs in it's current format for over 7 years and as Arts program for youth on the Gold Coast since 1998 

DRASTIC is an acronym for Drama, Rhythm(Ritual), Art, Self-Therapy, Inspired, Creation. It is a peer-driven creative therapy and life skills program, which utilises peer support for youth 10-25 years. DRASTIC is delivered under a Trauma Informed framework 


A peer-driven therapeutic creative arts and life skills program, which utilises peer support for youth 10-25 years. DRASTIC is facilitated by skilled professionals and youth-trained as peer support leaders. It is a program, which achieves exceptional outcomes with complex needs including, mental health issues, substance use, and youth engaged with the Juvenile Justice system and or outside of the education system. DRASTIC is delivered under a Trauma informed framework and develops strengths and skills within youth, which enables them to discuss issues, develop and experiment with new skills as well as create artworks and achieve significant personal outcomes. Throughout the program peer support leaders share their stories, this instils participants the courage and opportunity to share their own personal stories and promote self-determined change.

DRASTIC runs 1 day a week for 4 hours over 7 weeks with a community showcase graduation, as a celebration of achievements.

DRASTIC teaches work and career related skills through opportunities to participate in design workshops to produce creative product with a social enterprise outcome which are sold at a weekend Market stall – Marketta Art Room. 

DRASTIC encourage youth when ready to train to become Peer leaders. Youth become a part of the Creative Inclusive community and are supported to participate in further arts and cultural events, projects and workshops.

DRASTIC provides a range of activities depending on Young people’s interests including:

Street art, Theatre Workshopping, Screen-printing, Visual arts, Sculpting, Crafts, Circus, Cooking, Multi Media Photography, Hair and Stage makeup, Sports Music, Drumming, Singing, Dance, Aboriginal Art and Cultural activities


  1. A space where we get creative and talk

  2. A Space to talk about the BIG and SMALL stuff on our Minds

  3. A Space where older youth we call peers who have been in DRASTIC for a while and have overcome some hard life challenges give back by sharing stories and making friendships

  4. A Space where Youth workers and Young people become equals and participate together to create awesome outcomes socially, personally and artistically

  5. A Space where we can be leaders – After a few DRASTIC programs, when we have achieved our goals we can become Peer leaders and work on DRASTIC to support others to participate.


  1. to raise awareness of the role art, culture and community connection play as a pathway to health and wellbeing

  2. to collaborate with marginalised youth as artists to produce artistic product that challenges the dominant value systems that oppress some individuals/groups

  3. to provide sustainable opportunities and experiences for individuals to make self determined positive change in their lives and community

  4. to encourage and support people who experience mental health problems and/or mental illness to stay in the community, out of hospital and live a meaningful life

  5. to provide integrated therapeutic practices within the arts and community health sector

  6. to create opportunities for young people and their families suffering socio-economic disadvantage in Australia to engage with the broader community and improve their quality of life;

  7. to establish and maintain partnerships with community groups in regions suffering socio-economic disadvantage to facilitate the company’s objects;


As reported Referrers and Participants 2014

1.     Improved motivation for self development

2.     Decrease Social Anxiety

3.     Greater community connection

4.     Improved employability skills or general life skills

5.     Increased ability for positive socialising

6.     Increased coping strategies

7.     Re-engagement in education

8.     An enhanced capacity of young people to support their peers around relating issues inc Mental health and Current D & A knowledge


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