Peer-led networks trial
On International Overdose Awareness Day (31 August), the Victorian Government announced it would invest in a peer-led networks trial across six hotspot areas for overdose, including Brimbank/Maribyrnong, Greater Dandenong, Greater Geelong, the City of Melbourne, Port Phillip and the City of Yarra.
This initiative aims to strengthen and improve the scope of peer education in Victoria.
On 13 December 2016, it was announced that six local agencies will receive funding to improve access to clean injecting equipment, information and support for those who are disadvantaged and at risk of drug overdose.
Youth Projects in Melbourne's CBD, Inner South Community Health in Port Phillip and North Richmond Community Health in Yarra will carry out targeted support through inner Melbourne.
Cohealth, Monash Health and Barwon Health will focus on Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Dandenong and Geelong.
Harm Reduction Victoria and the Association of Participating Service Users will also receive funding to help coordinate the peer-led networks initiative, providing workforce support and training as well as evaluation.
To complement this approach, the Penington Institute has received funding to conduct a review into emerging models designed to reduce fatal overdoses and other harms resulting from drug use. This work will place a particular focus on the use of peer workers.