Professor Robert Power
Currently there is a significant body of evidence supporting the need for the establishment and continuation of the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Sydney, however similar local evidence does not exist in Melbourne. Evidence for the need for a supervised injecting facility (SIF) and other harm reduction measures is required, to support the development of appropriate interventions, tailored to local needs.
This project involves a collaboration between the Yarra Drug and Health Forum (YDHF), and the Burnet Institute. The project will firstly assess the need for a Supervised Injecting Facility in the City of Yarra, Melbourne by documenting local evidence of public injecting drug use and associated impacts on public amenity. Secondly, a context-appropriate SIF operational model will be proposed and described.
This project will involve analysis of primary and secondary data. We will:
· Gather and analyse existing data sets from a variety of sources e.g. Ambulance Services, Primary Health Care facilities, local government and contractors, drug and alcohol treatment agencies etc.
· Collect primary data using ethnographic methods, through observation of drug use, injecting and disposal practices in the City of Yarra; and,
· Review the various existing SIF models both locally and internationally to inform the development of a model for the City of Yarra.
For more information relating to this project, please contact Robert Power: