Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy

A peer based specialist alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) service and consumer group run by people with lived experience of drug use and of using drug treatment services

location
Shop 17 Churches Centre, 54 Benjamin Way, Belconnen, Canberra ACT 2617 Australia

Operating hours

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Monday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Office operating hours are 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Program 'drop-in' operating hours are 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Wait time

Contact the service for more information

After hours support

No

Description

Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA) is a not-for-profit organisation which is part of the ACT alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) specialist drug treatment sector operating a drop-in community centre and a range of peer based treatment supports and outreach. Office operating hours are 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Program ‘drop-in’ operating hours are 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

CAHMA provides help to all people who use drugs but does specialise in harm reduction and safer using advice for people who inject drugs.  CAHMA has a naloxone program specifically for people who are at risk of witnessing/experiencing opioid overdose. CAHMA has an extensive peer treatment support program (case management) with supported referral pathways through-out the healthcare system.

For more information about CAHMA programs and services go the CAHMA website or click on the Other Information tab.

Age range eligibility

18-25 year old
26 +

Documentation

Other useful documentation: Medicare card is required for the prescription of take-home naloxone as part of the ACT Opioid Overdose Prevention and Management Program
N/A

Medication/Intoxication exclusions

No exclusions, i.e. the a low threshold service able to see people whether they have used drugs or not, people can attend whilst on medication or going through withdrawal or while Opioid Management Therapy

Other exclusions

N/A

Use of drug testing

Drug testing not used or not applicable

Treatment type

Outreach

Harm reduction initiatives

Provides alcohol tobacco or other drug education sessions (e.g., harm reduction strategies, safer injecting information)
Provide Naloxone and/or overdose prevention education
Provide peer interventions

Treatment duration

The program duration is variable, contact the service for more information

Delivery mode

Drop in, no appointment required
Outreach services available

ACT and NSW residents

Accepts ACT residents
Accepts NSW residents

Cultural, diversity and vulnerable group capabilities

LGBTIQA+
Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Domestic and Family Violence (DFV)
Homelessness

Disability access

Accessible lifts
Accessible doorways

Phones permitted

Yes

Smoking permitted

Yes

Smoking cessation support available

NRT provided
Other smoking cessation support provided

Fees

No fees

Additional program description

CAHMA speaks on behalf of people who use drugs to advocate for equity in healthcare and other basic human rights. CAHMA seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs and reduce the harms associated with drug use as well as the harms associated with the criminalisation of drug use.  CAHMA does this through peer based education workshops, peer treatment support, individual and systemic advocacy, information and education and high level policy development. Peer based overdose management training and naloxone brief intervention are provided on demand. CAHMA also provides consultancy/assistance and training upon request to alcohol and other drug services and other organisations, on issues relating to harm minimisation and harm reduction, safer using and consumer participation.

CAHMA programs include:

Peer Education Program

Provides peer education groups run by and for past or current illicit/injecting drug users and pharmacotherapy consumers. Topics for harm reduction education workshops include: blood borne virus prevention and treatment; sexual health; overdose prevention; safer injecting; drug treatments, and co-occurring mental health issues.

Peer Treatment Support Service

Provides case management, information and education, peer support and referral for people considering or attempting to access drug treatment services and assists people to make informed treatment choices. The service promotes consumer rights and advocates on behalf of people experiencing treatment difficulties. CAHMA Peer treatment support workers can attend appointments with people in order to ensure good treatment matching occurs and the person attains the best treatment outcomes possible.

Policy Support

CAHMA can facilitate consultations and focus groups for consumers to input into local and national policy development activities and service level development. The program actively promotes health and human rights for people who inject drugs.

The Connection (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program of CAHMA)

Provides peer based support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other people who are past or present illicit/injecting drug users in the ACT and surrounding area (see The Connection).

Naloxone Program – ACT Opioid Overdose Prevention and Management Program

Naloxone is a dual schedule drug, which can be provided with a prescription from a GP or over the counter from a Pharmacist. Naloxone reverses the effects of opioid overdose. The program is peer-led and provides training to opioid users, peers of people who inject opioids, or family or friends. Participants are taught to administer naloxone intranasally within a comprehensive overdose response education program. Opioid users who successfully complete the training program are prescribed and/or provided naloxone to be administered to them in the event of an overdose.

Naloxone training is provided both in a brief intervention (10 minute on the spot training) through our Belconnen drop-in centre as well as longer group training sessions (1hr) where a more detailed and formal training including rescue breathing is conducted.  Group trainings can be organised as inreach into other services.

Staff training in naloxone administration and education is also provided (1hr) for free and can be organised and delivered within a service’s timetable.

Radio Show “News from the Drug War Front”

A weekly radio show from 10am – 12pm on Tuesdays broadcast on community radio 2XX (98.3 FM.) Reports the latest news about drug use, prohibition politics, health messages and CAHMA and AOD services updates. The show is presented by CAHMA staff and volunteers. The program & previous episode can be accessed at News From the Drug War Front

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Hotline

National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline

1800 250 015

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