After a successful first-ever Peers and Consumers (PAC) Forum in Sydney last year, NUAA’s 2019 PAC Forum is set for September 3 & 4 at the Teachers Federation in Surry Hills. You can read the prospectus for this year’s forum and register online now. The PAC 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. Last year about 140 people took part, of which 70% identified as “peers”. Check the PAC Forum website for updates on speakers and programs. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, email email@example.com.
The NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA)’s vision statement is: “Advancing the rights, health and dignity of people who use drugs illicitly in NSW”. Our organisation is 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.
NUAA runs a needle and syringe program at 345 Crown Street, Surry Hills. and is open every week day 8am-10pm. Check out the full list of available equipment — provided free of charge. The NSP is also home to a Open Clinic on Crown, a nurse-led primary health care clinic that is a collaboration of NUAA and the Kirketon Road Centre. It has a new open hours of 11:30-3pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1:30 pm-5pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also see the full list of NSPs around the state via the NSW Health website or check out AIVL’s Australia-wide directory (please note these directories may not be up to date, if you notice any errors, please contact them to let them know).
For NUAA-organised events and events of interest to our community, please check out our calendar.
In May, NUAA is launching its first RACGP accredited, active learning module training for GPs to help remove the barriers for accessing health care for People Who Use Drugs. We are running two pilot sessions, the first took place on May 25 and was a great success. The second is scheduled for Parramatta on August 31. Please click here for more information, or use our enquiry form to register interest.