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 for people who use drugs and advocate in NSW 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.