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Partnerships For Better Health Outcomes For Indigenous Injecting Drug Users (IDUs)



This project aimed to improve health outcomes for Indigenous injecting drug users (IDUs) in rural and regional Victoria. The project sought to improve inter-sectoral understanding and collaboration between Aboriginal community controlled health organisations and mainstream health services that provide harm reduction services in each of five identified areas (Mildura, Bairnsdale/Lakes Entrance, Shepparton, Geelong and Bendigo) in Victoria.

Consultation with service providers in each of the five communities was done to identify:

Based on the learning outcomes from the consultations, VACCHO and Anex aimed to:
  • host locally relevant forums to address information and learning needs
  • develop locally relevant resources
  • provide support to establish and maintain linkages and networks
  • develop a website containing project materials
  • offer training to interested agencies.

The project was carried out by Anex and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) under their Yiaga ba wadamba (Find and Renew) projects partnership, and funding was received from the Rural Health Support, Education and Training (RHSET) Program for the project. 

Abstract adapted from Yiaga ba wadamba (Find and renew) projects


95 Drummond Street
Carlton Vic 3053
Ph: (03) 9650 0699
Fax: (03) 9650 1600

Victorian Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisation
17-23 Sackville Street
PO Box 1328
Collingwood Vic 3066
Ph: (03) 9411 9411
Fax: (03) 9411 9599


Last updated: 31 August 2017
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