Advocacy & Action
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. It was established in 2020, when QuIHN received a small amount of COVID19 funding to help develop the service in an online capacity. Working from a harm minimisation framework the core aim of Hi-Ground is to reduce the harms associated with illicit drug use. In 2021 QuIVAA took over the management of the project enabling the project to move forward as a peer-led initiative.
The aims of this project and 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.
What QuIVAA has been doing recently?
Through systemic advocacy and representation, QuIVAA is the voice of a diverse range of people who choose to use drugs in Queensland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drug user friendly health care service staffed by a Doctor and Registered Nurse with extensive experience in the AOD sector.