9 April 2018
REPORT RECOMMENDS BETTER ACCESS TO NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS TO COMBAT BLOOD BORNE VIRUSES
The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) is today releasing a new report on Needle and Syringe
Programs (NSPs) in Australia, with a view to enhancing access for priority populations and reducing the impact of blood
borne viruses (BBVs) in Australia.
“The report looks at the pros and cons of different types of NSPs currently operating around the country and goes on to
make recommendations about ways to increase access and coverage. We already knew from previous studies that
investment in NSPs between 2000 and 2009 prevented nearly 97,000 Hepatitis C infections and 32,050 HIV infections –
for every dollar spent on NSPs, more than $4 will be returned in savings to the health systemi
. This new study looks at
ways to enhance the effectiveness of NSPs across the country to address access issues and maximise the public health
benefits,” said Melanie Walker, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AIVL.
The full report can be viewed here.
31 October 2017
VICTORIAN SAFE INJECTING FACILITY ANNOUNCEMENT AHEAD OF INTERNATIONAL DRUG USERS DAY
The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) has welcomed the Victorian Government’s decision to trial a medically supervised injecting room in North Richmond, which has come on the eve of International Drug Users Day. AIVL has long been advocating for a greater focus on key prevention and harm reduction initiatives, including the urgent establishment of a safe injecting facility in Melbourne and the implementation of widespread peer distribution of the overdose reversal drug naloxone.
The media release regarding this announcement may be read in full here.
31 August 2017
INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY: CALLS FOR GREATER FOCUS ON PREVENTION
& HARM REDUCTION
The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) is calling for a greater focus on key prevention and harm reduction initiatives on International Overdose Awareness Day today. In particular, AIVL is calling for the implementation of widespread peer distribution of the overdose reversal drug naloxone and support for supervised injecting facilities including the urgent establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Victoria.
This media release may be read in full here.