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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Position Vacant: Human Resources Coordinator – Volunteer

January 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on Position Vacant: Human Resources Coordinator – Volunteer

Volunteer position (3-6 hours per week flexible) Penington Institute, a not-for-profit organisation, actively supports the adoption of approaches to drug [...]

Supervised injecting facility will save lives

October 31st, 2017|Comments Off on Supervised injecting facility will save lives

Penington Institute welcomes the trial of a supervised injecting facility in North Richmond. Penington Institute CEO John Ryan said establishing [...]

New home and a new life for youth-led sexual health promotion – YEAH

October 20th, 2017|Comments Off on New home and a new life for youth-led sexual health promotion – YEAH

A new and revitalised youth-led holistic sexual health program is in prospect following the transition of YEAH to Penington Institute. [...]

Penington Institute holds event in Geelong aimed at reducing the Barwon region’s drug overdose rate

October 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Penington Institute holds event in Geelong aimed at reducing the Barwon region’s drug overdose rate

The recently released Australian Annual Overdose Report revealed there were 92 deaths from overdose in Geelong between 2011 and 2015, [...]

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.



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.


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