Needle and syringe programs (NSPs) offer much more than sterile injecting equipment, and for some clients their NSP may be their only contact with a health service. Ensuring NSP staff are empowered to build effective relationships with clients increases the prospect for positive change. It is also critical that NSP workers feel confident in their ability to deliver services and are prepared to handle any situation.

Our training program equips staff with the knowledge, tools and skills to provide the best possible outcomes for themselves and their clients.

Who is the training for?

Workers from agencies that operate, or are planning to operate, a NSP.

What is covered:

  • How to provide an effective and efficient NSP service
  • Engaging clients
  • Safer using advice and information
  • Making referrals
  • The types of drugs that are injected and the equipment that is used
  • Injecting related injury and disease and how to prevent them
  • Brief introduction to managing challenging behaviours
  • Safe retrieval and disposal of syringe litter.

Needle and Syringe Program Supervisor Training

A supervisor’s role is to ensure the NSP provides an evidence-based service that meets the health and social needs of clients while also effectively supporting staff members. Our training program provides supervisors with essential operational information and enhances their understanding of a wide range of NSP practices.

Who is this training for?

NSP coordinators, supervisors and service managers.

What is covered:

  • Operating an effective NSP
  • NSP policy and guidelines
  • Responsibilities
  • Creating a safe and welcoming space
  • Engaging clients
  • Surveying clients
  • What to order and how to record it
  • Health promotion
  • Incident reporting.

Needle and Syringe Program training is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services.

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