Survey asks how to improve services for LGBTIQ substance users


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The QuIHN Group – comprising QuIHN, Better Access Medical Clinic and QuIVAA – is undertaking a survey seeking ideas on how to expand and revitalise their many links with the local rainbow community.

“If you use substances — in any way — regularly, or occasionally, or if you’re a family member or ally and believe that law and social reform regarding substance use will lead to better health and social outcomes, we want to hear your ideas,” QuIHN CEO Geoff Davey said.

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“Be assured our protocols for maintaining privacy and confidentiality are amongst our most prized policies.

“With your ideas, our group will be better able to provide the services needed today by substance users in the rainbow community.”

QuIVAA is a thirty-one-year-old community group originally established by drug users, for drug users.

QuIHN, which stands for Queensland Injectors Health Network, delivers community-controlled health and welfare services focused on the needs of people who use illicit substances.

Their range of services includes therapeutic non-residential rehabilitation, harm reduction (including needle and syringe programs) and social support.

Their peer education sessions aim to support people who inject drugs in Queensland to effectively pass on information about harm reduction and blood borne virus prevention practices throughout their own peer networks.

Better Access Medical Service, located at 1 Hamilton Place in Bowen Hills, provides primary care in addition to specialist services — alcohol and other drugs, mental health, HIV, Hepatitis C, and sexual health.

To complete their online survey, follow the link here.

More details about QuIHN’s Rainbow Engagement Project is available on their Facebook pages.

For more information about this project or any of services offered by QuIHN call (07) 3620 8111 during business hours.

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