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The connection is a peer based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drug program targeting Indigenous illicit and injecting drug users in the ACT and surrounding area.
The program offers a range of services including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific information, referrals, advocacy and one-on-one support. While the services specifically target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drug users, all people are welcome including non-Indigenous people and non-drug users. Services are available by phone appointment or on a drop-in basis from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. This program is run by the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA).
Programs offered within The connection include the Deadly family BBQ and Art attack, which are held fortnightly at Boomerang Centre, Currong flats (behind Allawah flats). These are social events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and families with a focus on healthy lunches and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art lessons. The BBQ promotes social inclusion, cultural celebrations and harm reduction education.
Abstract adapted from Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy
Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy
Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
Level 1, Sydney Building
112 - 116 Alinga Street
GPO Box 1552
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6279 1670
Ph: (02) 6279 1671
Fax: (02) 6279 1610