SO YOU INJECT DRUGS...
Whether you are happy with your use, slowing down or having the occasional one, if you are injecting drugs at all, its important to know how to inject more safely.
NUAA runs great training sessions all around NSW to give you information, tips and techniques for avoiding a blood borne virus and other health risks associated with injecting drug use.
They’re called PeerLink and they may be coming near you. Workshops go for 2 days of about 5 hours each and if you attend both days you get a payment of $80, just for coming and learning how to look after you and your mates a bit better.
PeerLink will be in Hunter New England (Moree), Central Coast and South West Sydney in 2017-2018. if you’re interested in PeerLink coming to your area, call us – details are provided below - we can try to organise to visit your area with your help.
WHAT IS PEERLINK?
NUAA’s Peerlink project is our core peer education program, developed and managed by drug users for drug users. We train people who use drugs in harm reduction skills like avoiding bacterial infections, overdose prevention, preventing the spread of blood borne viruses and accessing the new hep C treatments. People that come to our training then share what they learn with their friends. Together we reduce the harms caused by unsafe drug use and improve access to health care
WHAT IS PEER EDUCATION?
Peer education simply means like-minded people sharing information with each other. As drug users, we already do this, it’s how we know where to get a fit, it’s how we learned how to mix up a shot, it can also be how we learn to stay safe and look after our mates. Peerlink aims to build on this by providing formal training, information, resources and support.
WHAT IS A PEER?
At NUAA we define a ‘peer’ as someone who has lived experience of injecting drug use. A peer knows where other people who use drugs are coming from and we understand and respect each other in a way that many service providers can’t. To be a part of PeerLink, you need to be a peer. It doesn’t matter what you’re into ice/meth, heroin, methadone, coke, pills or other drugs.
Peerlink is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and learn some new skills in a supportive, non-judgemental environment where we’re all peers.
If you are interested in PeerLink coming to your area, please call Andrew Heslop, PeerLink Officer on 0433 360 768 or free call 1800 644 413. We want to hear from you!