Advocacy & Action
What QuIVAA has been doing recently?
The Queensland Injectors Voice for Advocacy and Action (QuIVAA) has been busy.
Through systemic advocacy and representation, QuIVAA is the voice of a diverse range of people who choose to use drugs in Queensland. Covid- 19 has had an especially negative impact on QuIVAA’s cohort, with community discussions highlighting increases in homelessness, unemployment, domestic violence, and the mental health impact of lockdowns and isolation. By going online and virtual, QuIVAA was able to continue its support and maintain connection with its community and peers when in person communication was impossible.
In July 2021 QuIVAA took over managing the program Hi-Ground, first developed by QuIHN in 2020 to provide the harm reduction services online to clients throughout COVID19. The aim of Hi-Ground is to provide non-judgmental and unbiased resources regarding drug use and also provide a 24hr peer moderated chatroom. The future goals for the Hi-Ground project is to become Queensland’s first funded festival outreach service to engage with younger people about safe partying. Hi-Ground has also been busy since July developing harm reduction resources and online support for Queensland Women thanks to the Investing in Queensland Women’s Grant. This project will wrap up by the end of December and will have a tailored booklet for women, along with 13 drug information cards and will have delivered 14 online sessions across the 6 months.
Some other work QuIVVA has been doing this year is
1. Advocating for drug law reform
2. Leading the peer workforce at QuIHN
2. QuIVAA now have a representative on the Queensland Lived Experience Workforce Network Q-LEWN.
2. QuIVAA have advocated for a primary NSP on the Fraser Coast
3. QuIVAA have been instrumental in supporting a primary health care doctors surgery on the Fraser Coast, to collaborate with the Hospital NSP for greater provision of NSP equipment and harm reduction in the community and as an outreach service.
4. QuIVAA have successfully advocated for the inclusion of an AoD module in cert IV mental health peer work at East coast TAFE. This is currently being processed in all TAFEs to be a core module of this certificate.
5. Involvement in the development and peer advisory group for the Prompt Response Network project.
The QuIVAA Board would like to express its gratitude to AIVL and the Australian drug user movement for their support and solidarity throughout the year
QuIVAA offers safe and professional supervision by trained peer social workers who can support, reflect, evaluate, discuss and develop understanding and solutions.
For more information about our supervision services or to book a session please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi-Ground is a project of QuIVAA and QuIHN Ltd which is a statewide, not for profit, and non-government health service providing a variety of health services to people who use substances illicitly throughout Queensland.
The aims of this website is to create a safe, diverse and inclusive community for people who use drugs. We hope that by providing a space free from judgement and damaging stigmatisation and instead offering support and harm reduction education we can improve the health and wellbeing of our fellow Queenslanders and broader Australian Community.
Educational Training and Presentations
QuIVAA has a range of presentations on a range of harm reduction topics and issues relating to stigma and discrimination, AOD peer workforce. Overdose Prevention & Naloxone, Hep C, opioid treatment, and the issues for people who use drugs in QLD. We may be able to tailor a workshop or presentation for your needs. If you would like to book a speaker from QuIVAA, you can email us at email@example.com.
H.A.R.D.U.P represented Hepatitis C and Recreational Drug Users Project. It was an Event and nightclub outreach service that would do roving in Brunswick Street mall on Friday nights, in clubs and parties. They would provide harm reduction education conversations and materials, they also had a giant team rabbit mascot called Daze~E Bunny.
QPAMS is the QLD Pharmacotherapy Advice & Mediation Service and is a peer based service supporting people who are on pharmacotherapy treatment in QLD. Originally started by QuIVAA and now operating as a program of QuIHN.
QPAMS can provide people with information and support about methadone, buprenorphine or other opioid treatment. QPAMS can help people sort out any issues or problems with their treatment program, clinic, pharmacy or prescriber. QPAMS can support people with accessing pharmacotherapy treatment by providing referrals to clinics and GP’s to find out more about treatment.
In the late 90s QuIVAA ran a free alternative playgroup for mother’s and children. They provided lunch, activities for the children and had a nurse on duty who could provide child health checks and answer any health related questions parent’s had about their children.
QuIVAA provided a program and support for people using heroin, amphetamines or cannabis to complete home detoxification. They would offer emotional support, counselling and nursing care. They could also provide women with volunteer support to take children to daycare or school, prepare meals and help keep the kids entertained and safe while the detox was in process.
Drug user friendly health care service staffed by a Doctor and Registered Nurse with extensive experience in the AOD sector.