NSP in Australia – Peer led best practice (the project proposal)

May 21, 2018 jasonh

As part of the 2017-18 work plan, AIVL sought to develop a Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) Best Practice Guide that detailed the needs of people who inject drugs, service delivery models across Australia and practice considerations for service providers that are informed by peer experience and led by peer intelligence. This project is built on findings from a National NSP Forum that AIVL held in Sydney in 2015 and from a 2017 literature review that detailed NSP service models and international NSP best practice.

The aim of the consultations for this project:

  • Understand the key issues in the delivery of services through NSPs
  • Identify gaps in current knowledge and understanding of NSP Service Delivery
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages related to each of the NSP service models (peer-based, secondary and pharmacy based NSPs)
  • Establish an evidence base for the development of NSP Best Practice Guidelines for use in all states and territories of Australia
  • Establish a group of key informants to support the development of Best Practice Guidelines for NSPs in Australia

In order to achieve the aims of the project as outlined above, AIVL developed a Consultation Action and timeline document. The aim of the National Consultation was to cover topics such as:

  • Current service models
  • Perspectives on current best practice in terms of NSP
  • Barriers to implementing self-identified best practice, and
  • Evidence and gaps in knowledge related to NSP practice