PeerLink is NUAA’s peer education project conceived, planned, delivered and sustained by people who inject drugs (PWID). The PeerLink project is constantly evolving and has been with us for over a decade. PeerLink groups have been run in Coffs Harbour, Lismore and The Hunter Region and are currently operating in Redfern, South West Sydney and Wagga Wagga.
Each PeerLink project is a partnership between NUAA, the local injecting community and the local health district. The partners work together to improve access to health care, reduce stigma and fill the aims of the hepatitis B and C strategies.
PeerLink achieves this by strengthening existing links between peers and working collaboratively with local health district in an effort to develop and sustain communities and networks of PWID. The aim is to lessen isolation and marginalisation. The sense of empowerment flowing from increased knowledge and the recognition of this knowledge by professional services and organisations in turn increases and maintains participant’s sense of ownership and control over their health outcomes.
Current PeerLink Locations
- South West Sydney
Past PeerLink Locations
- Coffs Harbour
- Mt Druitt