Latest edition of the Anex Bulletin now online

The Anex Bulletin is a specialty publication for workers in Australia’s needle and syringe programs (NSPs). Edition 1 of volume 13 is now available online. This edition has a feature on the new Direct Acting Antiviral treatments for Hepatitis C, a story on the Terumo equipment issue, reflections on International Overdose Awareness Day, and much more. We also profile the [...]

September 29th, 2016|

Country Women’s Association learn about ice

Talking at the Country Women’s Association state conference in Bendigo on Friday, Penington Institute’s Crios O’Mahony said crystal methamphetamine was a whole-of-community issue. Crios told the meeting of more than 800 women that approaches to dealing with the drug should be accurate and evidence-based, with the focus taken off scare tactics. “Lots of the stuff that has been shown on the [...]

May 29th, 2015|

Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) on naloxone access

It is vital that the pre-filled naloxone syringes under TGA consideration remain subsidised through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Penington Institute has been in contact with PBAC to alert it to the forthcoming TGA application, and has written to PBAC urging it to maintain the subsidy so that it remains affordable. […]

May 28th, 2015|

Hepatitis C inquiry

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health is conducting an inquiry into hepatitis C and Australia’s responses. […]

January 30th, 2015|

Fig tree an overdose memorial

Patrick McKenzie, who works in Townsville, was so moved by his first International Overdose Awareness Day last year, that he is already planning another even more special event for this year. He recounted his experience of the day to the Bulletin. “I was new to Townsville. I contacted a colleague at the NSP and we and a bunch of people [...]

August 7th, 2014|

Working with Indigenous clients

One of Robert Assam’s most unnerving experiences as an Indigenous man working in the community sector was being shown around Darwin’s sobering up centres. “This European girl was showing me around and every time I’d turn around she’d be staring at me! It was one of the most terrifying days of my life,” said Robert. Her direct gaze was just [...]

July 9th, 2014|

Outback yarns about reducing harms

Queensland Injectors Health Network is increasing its work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Bulletin spoke with a rural Aboriginal Health Worker and two QuIHN staff after they spent a week outback as part of community dreaming and planning. This cooperation around harm reduction messages became a two-way street in learning. Tight country town networks can be ignited [...]

July 9th, 2014|

Peers drive hepatitis yarns

Mount Druitt in Sydney’s outer west has the largest urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Australia, and around 30 per cent of the clients accessing the Mount Druitt Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. The Deadly Liver Mob project operates out of the Mt Druitt NSP, co-located with the Sexual Health Clinic. [...]

July 9th, 2014|

Farm life pains generate opioid needs

Rising overdose death rates linked to opioid-based medications are linked to increases in painkiller prescriptions in places such as the United States and Australia, including in rural areas. According to workplace injury expert, Professor Tony Lower, workers’ compensation statistics reveal that agriculture is second only to transport for workplace injury and death. Addiction Medicine Specialist at drug treatment agency The [...]

April 28th, 2014|