Penington Institute: rethinking how communities tackle unsafe drug use.

Penington Institute advances health and community safety by connecting substance use research to practical action.

Launched in 2014, Penington Institute, a not for profit organisation, has grown out of the rich and vibrant work of one of its programs – Anex, and its close to 20 years experience working with people and families directly affected by problematic drug use.

Penington Institute addresses this complex  issue with knowledge and compassion.  We not only help individuals, but also the wider community through our research analysis, promotion of effective strategies, workforce education and public awareness activities.

In short, Penington Institute saves lives.

Penington Institute is inspired by and named in honour of Emeritus Professor  David Penington AC, one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals and health experts.

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Drug-testing-for-welfare trial suffers a major blow

August 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Drug-testing-for-welfare trial suffers a major blow

The urine and saliva tests for new welfare recipients became the biggest story for the government coming out of the [...]

Real time monitoring must be balanced with accessible treatment

August 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Real time monitoring must be balanced with accessible treatment

Penington Institute welcomes today’s introduction of legislation into Parliament that will deliver real-time prescription monitoring in Victoria as an important [...]

Opioid addiction: Doctor-shopping accounts for increased prescriptions and risk

August 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Opioid addiction: Doctor-shopping accounts for increased prescriptions and risk

To satisfy her dependence on prescription opioids, Christine Drinnan visited 10 doctors in the last few months of her life, [...]

Real time prescription monitoring a good first step

July 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Real time prescription monitoring a good first step

Penington Institute congratulates the Australian and Victorian Government’s on their respective announcements today concerning real-time prescription monitoring. Earlier today the [...]

Understand Ice

Understand Ice aims to support young people who are using, or contemplating using ice, their friends and family through what can be an intensely difficult period.  For the person using, there is the stigma and fear of what people will think, coupled with the prospect that experimental or irregular use of ice can become regular and problematic use. For friends and family, dealing with a loved one using ice can range from a real concern, to what feels like a fully blown disaster. This site aims to help young people and families by providing practical advice and information on what to do if ice becomes an issue – and equip people with knowledge and skills to help them manage their situation. It also aims to encourage people to seek professional support through a range of help services.



Anex provides training, support and leadership to the needle and syringe program workforce and other services dealing with continued drug use.



International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day raises awareness of the costs of overdose to individuals, their families and community, and promotes strategies to keep people safe and reduce the toll. Prescription drugs are now more commonly involved in overdoses than illicit substances. This means that fatal overdose is an increasing concern for the wider community.


COPE (Community Overdose and Education Program)

The Community Overdose and Education Program (COPE) supports a multi-sector effort to raise awareness and provide training in overdose response, including the use of naloxone, an overdose reversal drug, available to people who may witness a family member, friend or colleague’s overdose.




The Lucid program provides education to individuals under a corrections order for driving under the influence of alcohol. Developed for employers and employees, Lucid’s highly qualified and engaging trainers have a depth of experience in alcohol and other drugs and provide consultation and support on how to manage drug and alcohol issues in the workplace. Our team have been accredited by the Department of Health in accordance with the standards for drink driver education programs. [Accreditation number 11/080]


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