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A community response to alcohol and other drug issues in the City of Yarra

What is Family Support?

The model of family support that Apod advocates is peer family support. This is where a number of people with a common problem, in our case, living with someone affected by substance use, come together to share their experiences.

The benefits of Family Support

  • It interrupts the negative dynamic of substance use within the family
  • It helps family members look after their own needs
  • It helps families influence the person using drugs to make constructive choices
  • It helps families to work with other service agencies
  • It enables families to be a resource to their own communities

Penington Institute connects lived experience and research to improve community safety in relation to drugs.
It is too easy to judge people who use drugs.

Legal or illegal, the misuse of any psychoactive substance impacts us all.

At Penington Institute, we think it’s far more productive to prevent and tackle drug use in a safe, effective and practical way.

Risky behaviours are part of being human.

Our focus is on making individuals and families safer and healthier, helping communities, frontline services and governments reduce harm, respect human rights and improve the rule of law.

Founded by needle exchange workers and people with lived experience of drug use in 1995 as a peak body, The Association of Needle Exchanges (ANEX) grew into Penington Institute, named in honour of Emeritus Professor David Penington AC, who led Australia’s early and world-leading approach to HIV/AIDS.

Like Professor Penington, who remains our Patron to this day, we confront the most important issues and champion innovative evidence-based action to improve people’s lives – no matter how challenging our perspective might appear.

A not-for-profit organisation, Penington Institute’s research and analysis provides the evidence needed to help us all rethink drug use and create change for the better.

We focus on promoting effective strategies, frontline workforce education and public awareness activities. Our work has a positive impact on people, health and law enforcement systems, the economy and society.

An independent voice of reason on drug policy, we are a straight-talking ally for practical insights, information and evidence-based action for people in need.

Harm Reduction Victoria (HRVic) is a community based, not for profit organisation.

In 1987, in the face of a growing HIV epidemic, a group of drug users, their friends, families and supporters established HRVic as an independent, user-driven community based organisation

Funded primarily by the VIC Department of Human Services, HRVic provides education, practical support, information and advocacy to current and past users of illicit drugs, their friends, and allies. HRVic has often led the way in developing innovative approaches to peer education and community development, and has contributed to Australia having one of the lowest HIV rates among injecting drug users in the world.

North Richmond Community Health began supporting the Richmond community on Wurundjeri land in 1974. Then called the North Richmond Family Care Centre, it was an organisation built to support the diverse needs of the 4,000 strong community members of the Langdon Park Ministry of Housing estate.

A group of progressive doctors approached the estate’s community-led Tenants Union in the early 1970s, and together they came up with the idea of a health centre that didn’t just provide vital medical services, but also fostered and supported the community.

We work with everybody in this community and try to deliver services that work for all people regardless of their background.

We’re experts in working effectively with migrant and refugee clients. We share this knowledge with other organisations through our program The Centre, for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH). CEH helps Victorian organisations deliver and improve their services so they are easy to access and provide fair treatment to migrant and refugee clients.

North Richmond Community Health’s current building opened in late 2012. At that time, North Richmond Community Health was given the honour of an Aboriginal name by Wurundjeri Senior Elder Doreen Garvey-Wandin: Wulempuri-Kertheba, which translates from Woi wurrung as ‘staying healthy together’ in the Woi Wurrung language.

North Richmond Community Health has a long history, with many relationships in the community going back 46 years. We look forward to many more years of learning, working and building healthier communities.

To find out more about our continuing story, take a look at the services we offer.

Who is VAADA?

The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association Inc. (VAADA) is a peak organisation, which aims to reduce the harms associated with alcohol and other drug use within the Victorian community.

VAADA’s membership comprises agencies working in the AOD field, as well as those individuals who are involved in, or have a specific interest in, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation or research that minimises the harms caused by alcohol and other drugs (AOD).

What does VAADA do?

As a peak organisation, VAADA’s purpose is to ensure that the issues for people experiencing the harms associated with alcohol and other drug use and the organisations that support them are well represented in policy and program development and public discussion

VAADA seeks to achieve this through:

  • Engaging in policy development;
  • Advocating for systemic change;
  • Representing issues our member’s identify;
  • Providing leadership on priority issues to pursue;
  • Creating a space for collaboration within the AOD sector;
  • Keeping our members and stakeholders informed about issues relevant to the sector; and
  • Supporting evidence-based practice that maintains the dignity of those who use alcohol and other drug services (and related services).

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