In 2013, the CREIDU Translation Sub-Committee identified naloxone as one of two key priority work areas. During late 2013 and early 2014, CREIDU undertook some exploratory consultation with key stakeholders to identify translation-related strategies which would most assist the sector during this period of development and change. One of the identified strategies was to form a national reference group for key stakeholders involved in jurisdictional naloxone programs to share information and strategise for expanding take home naloxone programs in Australia. The group, named the Naloxone National Reference Group or NNRG (pronounced 'energy'), was formed in early 2014 and meets regularly. A program of work identified by NNRG is being pursued by CREIDU in a number of areas.

NNRG Terms of Reference - Accessible here.

For more information about NNRG, please contact Ashleigh Stewart via [email protected].au

Current Area of Focus

The group will participate in discussion of:

  • Structure and mode of delivery of existing naloxone programs
  • Successes in implementation
  • Issues and challenges in implementation
    • Legal
    • Policy
    • Regulatory
    • Practice
  • Evaluation of naloxone programs
  • Explore opportunities for further implementation
  • Engagement of professionals and community members
  • Media and public relations

Current resources

"How naloxone works" - 3 min video - Mental Health Commission of Western Australia

Take Home Naloxone resource - Background Information

The National Naloxone Reference Group (NNRG) has created an infographic to present up-to-date information on take home naloxone access across Australia. This resource will be updated each time the NNRG meets, roughly every two months.

Summary of Take Home Naloxone in Australia

The most recent version of the resource.

Services providing Take Home Naloxone - NCCRED - updated September 2019

Take Home Naloxone is available for free in ACT, QLD, NT and VIC to opioid users, their friends and families through the services listed in the link above.

Take Home Naloxone - Training program for health workers

NSW Health THN training program for health workers. 

Member Agencies

Summary of Programs