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 use that promote safety and human dignity through thought leadership, community education, frontline worker training, research and policy formation. We are seeking a Volunteer Human Resources Coordinator to assist us in the development and delivery of Penington Institute’s human resource [...]

January 23rd, 2018|

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 the trial was an important step towards tackling the harmful effects of drug use in the community. “The success of drug consumption rooms in reducing deaths, disease and improving a range of community-focussed outcomes is well established,” Mr Ryan said. [...]

October 31st, 2017|

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. While YEAH is currently focused on youth sexual health the program will broaden its focus to incorporate youth focused information on alcohol and other drugs. According to Penington Institute CEO John Ryan, “YEAH has pioneered many opportunities for young people to [...]

October 20th, 2017|

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, slightly more than 20 per cent above the national average for the same period. A Pharmaceutical Risk and Response Seminar has been specially designed to support the region’s health workers address the issue of overdose in the community. Held by [...]

October 18th, 2017|

Drug death toll shows a different response is needed

WHAT better measure of how successful our approach to drugs is there than counting the number of people who die accidentally as a result of a drug overdose? It’s a grim task that Penington Institute has completed for a second year as part of our International Overdose Awareness Day campaign. Through our taxes we spend millions of dollars on drug [...]

August 31st, 2017|

Communities across Australia come together to mark International Overdose Awareness Day

On 31 August communities around Australia from Alice Springs to Tamworth will come together to observe International Overdose Awareness Day. The day is an important day of reflection for friends and families of people who have died or been injured through overdose, as they call for more action to tackle the rapidly increasing rates of overdose occurring across Australia. Penington [...]

August 30th, 2017|

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 milestone in ending the prescription overdose crisis currently underway in Victoria. The initiative will help stem the number of people who will become addicted to pharmacy medication. Penington Institute CEO John Ryan said that while real-time monitoring is a good [...]

August 8th, 2017|