Ice is having a significant impact on individuals and communities in rural and regional areas. Penington Institute is delivering education and support so Needle and Syringe Programs (NSPs) and related workforces can better respond to injecting ice use. We are:
- Building harm reduction capacity in rural and regional communities; and
- Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) access to harm reduction services.
The project is funded by the Victorian Government.
Free Training and Resources
Penington Institute has developed videos, factsheets and training to build the capacity and confidence of staff that come into contact with clients who inject ice. These resources help workers better respond to client needs and promote public health and safety approaches.
The resources are supported by training that is being delivered free of charge within Victoria. For more information, or to book as session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Injecting ice use in the country
Topic: Current trends in ice use
An increase in ice use in rural and regional communities is changing the profile of NSP clients. Learn what this means for NSP service provision and how you can support your clients to reduce the harms associated with their ice use.
Topic: What is ice?
Ice is a strong stimulant that can have significant impacts on the health and wellbeing on your clients. Learn the effects of ice on the central nervous system and the impact on mood and functioning, and what this means for your interactions with clients.
Topic: Engaging clients who use ice
Engaging clients in the NSP is made easier when workers greet people with a warm welcome, respect their privacy and confidentiality, and develop a trusting relationship. Learn some key tips for engaging your clients who inject ice.
Topic: Engaging Aboriginal clients who inject ice
Ensuring that the centres where NSPs operate are welcoming and culturally safe places for Aboriginal people is essential. Engaging clients in the NSP is made easier when workers greet people with a warm welcome, respect their privacy and confidentiality, and develop a trusting relationship. Learn some key tips for engaging Aboriginal clients who inject ice.
Topic: Impact of ice use on Aboriginal families and communities
Aboriginal people who inject ice often feel shame due to the impact of their drug use on their family and community. These resources will help workers understand the impacts for individuals and provide advice on supporting Aboriginal clients and communities.
Safer injecting and harm reduction
Topic: Safer injecting and harm reduction
NSPs perform a crucial role in promoting safer injecting practices and harm reduction messages to clients. These resources highlight key messages to provide to clients, and will help NSP workers reduce harms to the individual and the community.
Topic: Safer injecting and harm reduction for Aboriginal clients
NSPs perform a crucial role in promoting safer injecting practices and harm reduction messages to clients. This is particularly the case for Aboriginal clients who are less likely to access NSP services. These resources highlight key messages to provide to Aboriginal clients, and will help NSP workers to reduce harms to the individual and the community.
Physical and psychological impacts of ice use
Topic: Psychological impacts of ice
There is a well-established link between ice use and poor mental health – clients who inject ice can experience anxiety and depression, and may experience drug-related psychosis. These resources help workers understand the psychological impacts of ice, and provide critical information to support clients to reduce their harms.
Topic: Impacts of ice on the body
Poor health and substance use can often go hand-in-hand. The greater the level and duration of use, the higher the risks to the person’s physical health. The resources below describe how ice affects physical health, and what workers can do to support the overall health of their clients by referring them to relevant services.
Topic: Ice intoxication and withdrawal
Ice is a strong and long-lasting stimulant that has a range of impacts on people who use it – depending on where they are in the cycle of use. These resources will help workers identify what to look out for and provide support on how to respond to clients who inject ice.
Full compilation video:
All 10 videos are available as a compilation for download. Click on the link to access this version.
For clients, knowing that that the NSP service is confidential, anonymous and safe is critical. Download the attached poster and put it up. NSP Confidentiality poster.
Penington Institute acknowledges the members of the Injecting ice in the Country Advisory Group:
- Craig Harvey – Barwon Health
- Melissa Lonsdale – Sunraysia Community Health Service
- Pauline Molloy – Ballarat Community Health
- Garry Sattell – Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc.
- Glenn Strike – Central Gippsland Health Services
- Sue Watson – Robinvale District Health
For more information about these resources or to arrange a training session, please email email@example.com.