TRAINING

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HRVic provide peer education and training
by and for people with lived experience of substance use.

All HRVic Workshops and Training are tailored to your individual
or your service or organisation's Client's needs.

With the onset and continuation of  COVID 19, everything has changed or is in the process of changing. As we learned long ago with prohibition, some things don't alter no matter what restrictions are put into place and as such we need to keep doing what we do. Connect, communicate, educate, empower, provide access to new injecting equipment and up to date health resources and information, motivate, activate, advocate and mediate.  

Harm Reduction Victoria moves and changes with our community.

We now offer some of our  training online. These sessions will be advertised prior to the time via our digital outlets- social media sites, website etc.

If your organisation or service would like to offer any of these workshops to your clients or your staff, please contact the Health Promotion Team at HRVic via info@hrvic.org.au or by clicking here .

We are currently updating the  HRVic Workshop/Training catalogue for 2022 and beyond

ONLINE
NALOXONE TRAINING

This workshop focuses on how to recognise the signs of opioid overdose and how to respond using naloxone- the opioid reversal medication, in all it's forms- Prenoxad®- an injectable multi dose (in one syringe) or Nyxoid®-a single dose nasal spray. 


HRVic’s naloxone training differs from other naloxone training in that you are being trained by someone with lived or living experience of injecting drug use and we insist on providing participants with our HRVic naloxone kits at the end of the training session.

All current people who use drugs (PWUD) who attend will be given an HRVic Naloxone Kit (1 per peer participant)

If you are attending and belong to a service or other org who work with PWUD and would like a naloxone kit- email janed@hrvic.org.au stating this and we can give you some other options.

HRVic’s first priority is to put naloxone kits into the hands of those who need it most- people who currently inject opioids or the people who live with them. We do however understand the need for drug use to remain anonymous in the majority of cases as prohibition remains our biggest most threatening harm. If you are not a current injector but feel you need a naloxone kit- Please talk to Jane.

Currently we are using Zoom to do this online training. If you are not sure how to use Zoom or what it is, click HERE for instructions and more info. Its super easy.

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OUR NEXT SESSION:
NALOXONE TRAINING- DEC 01 2021

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Topic: Naloxone Online

Time:   Wednesday December 1st 2021 4:30PM (AEST)

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday November 1st- OVER

Wednesday December 1st

Nothing in January

Tuesday February 1st

Tuesday March 1st

Friday April 1st

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81066960189?pwd=NXdza2Qvd3lFd2xMWVVYU0FHTmFLZz09

Meeting ID: 810 6696 0189

Passcode: 315302

ALSO Please note that there WILL NOT be a training session on the 01 of January 2022 as it's a public holiday.

The next online session won't be until February after tomorrow.

Happy Holidays!

We’d love to see you there and give you a gift that always gives back!

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or email janed@hrvic.org.au.

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Live ONLINE - HEPATITIS C TRAINING 

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Bloody Serious Facts- Hep C specific training

Blood Borne Viruses

  1. THE A,B,C's & HIVs of BBVs-  An introduction to Blood borne Viruses

Minimum Delivery Time: 1 hour

Maximum Delivery Time: 3 hours

 

 

2. Hepatitis C Specific Workshop

A more comprehensive look into Hepatitis C- from transmission and prevention to testing, treatment and stigma & discrimination. Delivered by educators with lived experience of Hep C.

All of your questions answered about the viral infection that effects more than 230,000 Australians today.

Minimum Delivery Time: 1 hour

Maximum Delivery Time: 3 hours

 

 

3. Hepatitis C TREATMENT Workshop

A look at the new direct acting antivirals and their effects on Hepatitis C. Delivered by educators with lived experience of Hep C and the new treatments.

Delivery Time: 1 hour

4. Hepatitis B Specific Workshop

Minimum Delivery Time: 1 hour

Maximum Delivery Time: 3 hours

 

 

Topics covered are:

Deciding to take up treatment

Starting Treatment- Tests, Fibroscan, the APRI score,

During Treatment: Adherence, Side Effects

Post Treatment: What now?

and a look at stigma & discrimination and other barriers to treatment people may encounter.

 

Drug Overdose Peer Education

The primary aim of D.O.P.E is to reduce the incidence of both fatal and non-fatal overdose among current heroin, ATS (amphetamine type substances) and poly drug users in Victoria.

We do this by designing and delivering peer education workshops to groups of up to ten current users at a time.

Developed by experienced peer education staff at Harm Reduction Victoria and road tested by numerous groups of people who use drugs over many years, HRVic’s evidence-based overdose workshops are designed to inform people who use drugs about all aspects of overdose, from the nuts and bolts of reducing the risk of overdose, to recognising the warning signs of overdose, through to hands on overdose response training and naloxone administration instruction.

1. GENERAL OVERDOSE EDUCATION (POLYSUBSTANCE)

2. OPIOID OVERDOSE EDUCATION

3. METHAMPHETAMINE OVERDOSE EDUCATION

Topics covered Include:

Overdose - The concept of risk and taking risks. 

               - Risk factors for overdose.

Overdose Recognition - Signs and symptoms of overdose

                                - Common overdose myths

Overdose Response - What to do in the event of an overdose incl. 000, Police Overdose Policy & recovery position

                             - Naloxone- What,why and how?

                             - How naloxone works

                             - Dose- How much is enough?

                             - How to use naloxone responsibly

Minimum Delivery Time: 1 hour

Maximum Delivery Time: 3 hours


This comprehensive workshop is equally relevant for opioid as well as methamphetamine users and can be tailored to focus on either or both substance types.

Naloxone Training

The Naloxone Training can be delivered as a stand alone workshop or can be combined with our D.O.P.E -Opiate Overdose training.
To deliver the Naloxone Training as a stand alone workshop however, HRVic expects participants to have a good knowledge of opiate overdose- what causes it and how to prevent it.
The workshop focuses on how to recognise the signs of overdose and how to respond to an opiate overdose using naloxone.


HRVic’s naloxone training differs from other naloxone training in that HRVic do not deliver the training if we can not provide participants with the naloxone at the end of the training.


Because of our unique stance, HRVic require access to a GP who is willing to write naloxone prescriptions for the participants on the day of training or in advance if the participants are known.

The GP can either be provided by the agencies requiring the training or with enough notice, our own connections.

 

*HRVic asks that the host agency cover the cost of the prescriptions while HRVic provide the rest of the Naloxone Pack contents.

 

Topics covered Include:

 

Overdose - The concept of risk and taking risks. 

              - Risk factors for overdose.

 

Overdose Recognition - Signs and symptoms of overdose

                                - Common overdose myths

Overdose Response - What to do in the event of an overdose incl. 000, Police Overdose Policy & recovery position

                             - Naloxone- What,why and how?

                             - How naloxone works

                             - Dose- How much is enough?

                             - How to use naloxone responsibly

Naloxone Aftercare - What happens after an overdose reversal?

                             - Self care after dealing with an overdose

Safer Using (General Use)

A hands on presentation & workshop covering a range of topics falling under the ‘Safe Using’ banner.

Safer Using workshops INCLUDE:

  • What is safer using? – how safer using helps prevent blood borne viruses, and other infections, ‘dirty hits and bad trips’, blood poisoning, injuries and effects on mental and physical health 

• Routes of Administration 
• Importance of hand washing

Drugs 101

• Types of Drug Use

  • The Three Main types of Substances and their characteristics

Practical: General safer drug use technique (This can be tailored to specific substances)
• Filters to Foil- Various harm reduction tools for safer drug use

  • Intro to Circulatory System

  • Myths around drug use

  • Best practice mixing up demo

  • Introduction to Blood Borne Virus prevention

Safer Using can be tailored to any specific substance or can be delivered as a general safer use workshop.

Safer Using can be delivered to people who currently use drugs and also to staff who work with and support people who currently use drugs. 

Minimum Delivery Time: 1.5hrs

Maximum Delivery Time: 3 hours

Safe Injecting & Vein Care

A hands on presentation & workshop covering a range of topics falling under the ‘Safe Injecting’ banner.

The Safe Injecting & Vein Care workshops INCLUDE:

  • What is safer using? – how safer using helps prevent blood borne viruses, ‘dirty hits’, blood poisoning, injuries

       such as abscesses, endocarditis & osteomyelitis
• Routes of administration 
• Hierarchy of injecting sites 
• Importance of hand washing

 

Vein Care
• Basic knowledge of the human circulatory system
• The difference between, veins, arteries- the dangers of hitting an artery and capillaries


Practical: General safer injecting techniques
• Swabs
• Types of swabs
• Swabbing the RIGHT way
• Tourniquets- To Use or Not to Use? -the pros & cons of the tourniquet
• How to safely use a tourniquet
• Filters
• A ‘How To’ practical session from cottonwool to
wheel filters and sterifilts

  • Intro to Circulatory System

  • Filters- What type and What for? From wheel filters to cotton wool- The nitty gritty on filters.

  • All aspects of How to Inject Safely & Safer drug use - Best practice mixing up demo

  • Introduction to Blood Borne Virus prevention

Safer Injecting can be tailored to any specific injectable substance or can be delivered as a general safer injecting workshop.

Safer Injecting can be delivered to people who currently use drugs and also to staff who work with and support people who currently use drugs. 

Minimum Delivery Time: 1.5hrs

Maximum Delivery Time: 3 hours

Stigma & Discrimination

'Apply Pressure Here'- A New Peer-Spective on Stigma and Drug Use

This newly developed training workshop provides practical strategies for healthcare professionals, service providers, AOD workers and corrections personnel to challenge and combat stigma & discrimination towards people who use drugs.

Our aim is to improve access and remove barriers to holistic wellness for people who use drugs and to improve relationships with the people who work with us.

Minimum delivery Time: 2 hours

Maximum Delivery Time:  6 hours (1 day)

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