About us

Anex has a long history of outreach to those working every day with drug users. Established in 1995, Anex promotes evidence informed policy and practice – especially in relation to needle and syringe programs (NSPs) to reduce blood-borne infections such as HIV and hepatitis C. It also promotes other strategies for protecting the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs, and for increasing access to effective drug treatments.

Anex does not condone drug use but works to protect people from drug-related harm when at their most vulnerable.

The Anex program provides training, support and leadership in harm reduction strategies to the health workforce including the communicable diseases, alcohol and other drugs sector.

In addition to training and consultation, the Anex Bulletin and networking forums support exchange of new information, helping service workers stay up-to-date with their practice.

Anex is a program of Penington Institute, a not-for-profit organisation that advances health and community safety by connecting substance use research to practical action.