Harm Reduction Victoria

Peer Networker Diary


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May 7 2014

This Friday info sessions start at Richmond Community Health!!!

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We are also working with Barwon Health in Geelong and Ballarat Community Health in the development of the next Peer Networker teams. Barwon Health have signed off on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and we will be meeting with them in the next couple of weeks to nut out the time line toward the implementation of their inaugural group. Ballarat Community Health and HRV currently developing their promotional material and working toward the signing off of their MOU. We are really thrilled that the program is excitedly being taken up and we are able to expand the program in regional areas. We hope to take the program state wide!

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On the 2nd May we commenced the next group in partnership with Health Works, through their Braybrook site. As usual we held a number of info sessions. From there people who decided they were still interested were invited to an individual meeting with HRV staff to further discuss the Peer Networker role and for us to get to know them a little more.

From there we chose four volunteers to join the program. The new recruits are currently participating in the initial 5 day training. We are up to Day 3 with the conclusion of the training being Friday. At that point the team will decide when their first monthly meeting will be.

Some feedback so far…..

  • It was good more than 1 person had stories to share about their different experiences
  • Very informative, learning about different orgs that can help
  • Best thing about this session was….. group talks about circumstances
  • Enthusiastic and excited about further sessions
  • Best thing about this session was ….  Sense of community with a common goal

Today Safer Using with Nadia……

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March 26 2014

Today we are holding our first of two info sessions for the start of the Peer Networker Program through Health Works Braybrook NSP site. Once the team has been recruited we will hold the training for the group in May!! Looking forward to getting the second team up and happening  🙂

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Vox Pops With Footscray Peer Networkers

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peer educator eyes

Being a Peer networker means to me?

……… It’s good. I really like it. Contact people…… Talk like the bird….

Why were you interested in being a part of this program?

because I can help people. I’m happy, comforted.  A lot of my friends have died. I can talk with my friends. It has been pretty sad you know.

What’s something positive that’s happened since becoming a part of this program?

One things good ..………  can help a lot people…. As I told you before, if I can help people I’m happy.

Use 3 words to describe the program

…….. the best…..!

 

Now about you…..

Fav stuff

–          Movie – any movie

–          Tv show – no favourite

–          Music – I like music – relax – calm down

If you could have something on a ‘/shirt what would it be?

Peer networker – I can help people get a fit.

A talent you wish you had

A sport I like is swimming…..

How many people do you see in a month?

10

Do you think you are seeing people who might not use a NSP?

Yes

Why do you think people might not be using a NSP?

Some people don’t know where to get it from….

The road is blocked to Health Works and people don’t know how to get around………..

In your own words what impact do you think this program is and/or can have for your social network?

People say to me….. ‘good on you for giving us a new fit. I don’t have to use old fit or someone else’s’.

…. People care about hep C.

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eyesBeing a Peer networker means to me…………… giving back is a big thing and helping with Naloxone and getting as many fits out there as possible

Why were you interested in being a part of this program?  Originally Nikki asked me…….. giving back and because I’m around so many people using and reviving people………..  to try and save lives and educate people on clean fits. The fact you don’t have to go through bins and bleach fits…….

What’s something positive that’s happened since becoming a part of this program?… Lots!!! Saved 4 people’s lives….., that’s not with using Naloxone, before I had it. Doing the Naloxone workshop with Jane…. Educating people.

Use 3 words to describe the program………………… clean, safe, caring

 

Now about you…..

Fav stuff

– Movie: The Escape Plan

– Tv show: The Big Bang Theory

– Music: Lordes

A talent you wish you had…?…… to make miracles…….

How many people do you see in a month?   30

Do you think you are seeing people who might not use a NSP?    Yes

Why do you think people might not be using a NSP?     Due to laziness, NSP’s opening hours, desperateness and chemists charge an arm and a leg!

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eyes

Being a Peer Networker means to me………….. Being a role model to the community that I am apart of in terms of promoting healthier and safer ways of consuming various different drugs of choice.

Why were you interested in being a part of the peer networker program? I have a background in community services already and I wanted to gain some formal knowledge and experience in the alcohol and other drugs sector

What’s something positive that’s happened since becoming a part of this program? I’ve been able to use my drug overdose training to prevent a potential fatality.

Use 3 words to describe the program……. Educational, social

 

Some of your favourite things….

Movie: Donnie Darko

TV show: Dr Who

Music: eclectic taste. I can tell you what I don’t like ….. RAP, RNB and most hip hop!

If you could have something on a T/Shirt what would it be?  28:06:42:12

A talent you wish you had? I wish I was a better singer

 

In regards to the program….

How many people you seeing in a month?   5 or 6

Do you feel you’re seeing people who might not use an NSP? A couple of them, yeah….. They are unaware that NSPs exist, so I tell them about about them. I bought a guy to Health Works and showed him the NSP and explained what was on offer here.

Why do you think people might not be going to NSPs?  New to drug using scene……

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In his own words…..

The story of P_Boy / Peer Educator for PSI in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Thailand peers

Something from Oversea’s.

A project that provided peer education and needles and syringes to injection drug users (IDUs) helped reduce needle sharing and HIV transmission in a border area of northern Vietnam and southern China, according to an article recently published by Abt Associates researchers and colleagues in the open-access journal PLoS One.

Read More

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February 2014 – started promoting the next peer network through Health Works Braybrook NSP site. If you live around that area and you are interested in being a part of this program give us a call 9329 1500 and ask for Sharyn or Nadia. 

February 19  2014 – We (Footscray team) received amphetamine OD training today from HRV’s JaneMeetings

December 2013– commenced monthly meetings for Footscray team.

November 2013 – 4 Peers completed training at Footscray – Health Works.  Our first team 🙂

First partnership with Western Region Health CentreHealth Works in Footscray

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For more information on this project please give HRVic a call 9329 1500