The NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) is a governed, staffed and led by people with lived experience of drug use. We provide innovative harm reduction services for people in NSW who use drugs, as well as for those that advocate for improved service delivery and a more rational approach to drug use.
The peak drug user organisation in NSW, NUAA was formed in 1989 in the face of a growing HIV epidemic. A group of drug users, their friends, families and supporters established NUAA as an independent, user-driven community-based organisation.
Funded primarily by the NSW Health Department, NUAA provides education, practical support, information and advocacy to users of illicit drugs, their friends, and allies. NUAA has often led the way in developing innovative approaches to peer education and community development, and has contributed to Australia having one of the lowest HIV rates amongst injecting drug users in the world.
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NUAA is organising a Peers and Consumers Forum on September 5-6 at the NSW Teachers federation in Surry Hills. The forum aims to celebrate the contribution of consumer and peer workers – either paid or voluntary – in New South Wales. Consumers and peers participate in a range of settings – AOD treatment services, needle and syringe programs, consumer groups – all are welcome to attend. Check out the draft program. Find out more at the forum site and register online
On World Hepatitis Day, the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) is excited and proud to invite people affected by Hepatitis C to participate in a photography project aimed at raising awareness of the virus. Photovoice is a unique project that puts a camera in the hands of peers, so they can document and record their stories and rally for change. The project will run for the month of August. The photos will be part of an exhibition and presentation at NUAA’s inaugural Peer and Consumer Forum to be held in September at the NSW Teachers Federation Building, Surry Hills, Sydney. Find out more details here, and you can apply online to take part.
My Health Record is a new initiative by the federal government to create an online summary of your health data. A range of groups and experts have raised serious concerns about privacy and security of the data. Everyone will get the chance to opt-out until November 15 (extended amid community concerns from the original October 15 deadline). You can opt out here. At this stage, NUAA recommends if you have concerns, to opt out. More more details, please read NUAA’s full statement and read a collection of more statements and articles.
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