Needle and syringe programs (NSPs) play a vital role in the lives of people who inject drugs.

They provide sterile injecting equipment to minimise their risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV. They also provide clients with information about safer ways of using, safe disposal of used needles and syringes, staying healthy, accessing services and much more.

In fact, NSP workers may be the only contact that people who use drugs have with any kind of health service.

It is imperative that NSP staff build relationships with people who use drugs that enable them to make positive changes in their lives.

To do this, staff need to be well-informed and capable of delivering services effectively.

Penington Institute’s Workforce Development team provides NSP staff with the knowledge, tools and skills they need to provide the best possible outcomes for themselves and the people they support.

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.

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

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