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New resources and free training to help workers support clients who inject ice

Penington Institute has developed a new series of videos and factsheets to help Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) and other frontline staff better respond to injecting ice use by their clients. The new resources, titled Injecting ice in the Country – Healthier Approaches, feature interviews with NSP workers and health experts reflecting on their experiences in managing clients who inject ice.

The resources are available via the Penington Institute website at www.penington.org.au/injectingiceinthecountry.

The resources and training aim to build harm reduction capacity in rural and regional areas, and improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) access to harm reduction services.

Health workers often have a number of competing priorities, so the videos and fact sheets have been designed to provide practical guidance on how they can better engage with and meet the needs of clients who inject ice. By better understanding the physical and psychological impacts of ice use on clients, workers will be better placed to support the overall health of clients.

The resources also reflect on the challenges for mainstream and Aboriginal services in meeting the needs of Aboriginal people who inject ice. Some Aboriginal people are reluctant to access Aboriginal health services due to shame, or for fear of their drug use being revealed, while others find it hard to access mainstream services.