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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The Anex Bulletin is back

  • June 8th, 2016

The Anex Bulletin – a specialty publication for workers in Australia’s needle and syringe programs (NSPs) – will return […]

Penington Institute response to the Victorian Budget 2016-17

  • April 27th, 2016

Initiatives to enhance public health commended

Penington Institute – the Melbourne-based drug research and education organisation – has commended the Andrews Government for substance use initiatives in its 2016-17 Budget. […]



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


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.



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.




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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You can help Penington Institute in developing evidence-based, public health initiatives that minimise the negative impacts of drug and alcohol use in Australia.

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