Anex offers an extensive training program which provides information and develop skills in preventing and reducing the harms associated with drug use. No matter where you are located, and your organisation background, Anex can provide training that will suit your needs. For information about the Anex training program, to book in training or to discuss your particular needs, contact Anex.
A core range of training sessions are offered free to Victorian NSP staff, supported by funding from the Victorian Department of Health.
We also offer affordable fee-for-service training options to NSP staff in other jurisdictions and for the broader community, welfare and allied health sectors. Please contact us for more information on our fee-for-service program.
Core training program:
Basic NSP survival guide
At times delivering NSP services can be challenging. This session provides an overview on:
- the history and concepts of NSPs and how they fit into Australia’s drug policy;
- the financial, social and health benefits of providing NSP;
- the prevention, transmission and treatment of Blood Borne Viruses;
- safe retrieval and disposal of discarded injecting equipment; and
- how to provide an effective NSP service.
Drug trends – what drugs do people use and how ?
It is helpful for NSP staff to have a sound understanding of the many names and different forms a drug can take, as well as the potential impacts of drug use. This session includes:
- drug identification and classifications;
- how people take drugs;
- signs and symptoms of the more commonly used substances; and
- the purposes of different injecting habits and equipment.
How to reduce conflict through communication
Clear and effective communication is the foundation to providing a successful NSP service. This session looks at:
- effective communication and engagement skills;
- negotiation, problem solving and conflict resolution;
- recognising and responding to challenging behaviours; and
- risk management and self care.
How to encourage safer drug use
Injecting drugs can cause major health problems. This session will explore:
- drug use techniques;
- how people who inject drugs use needles and other equipment;
- recognising injecting related health risks; and
- prevention of blood borne virus transmission and bacterial/fungal infections.
How to make meaningful and effective interventions
NSP workers are often in a position to provide clients with critical health information and referrals, and it is important that NSP staff can identify and use these opportunities. This session will:
- identify key principles for brief or opportunistic interventions;
- explore the ‘stage of change’ model and its application in frontline settings;
- identify and address barriers to change; and
- effective referrals to other health and social services.
Working well with substance-affected people
Working with people who are substance affected can be challenging. This session provides participants with the knowledge and skills to:
- recognise the signs and symptoms of intoxication with different drugs;
- work with intoxicated clients in a safe and effective manner;
- apply duty of care and ethical practice principles; and
- implement emergency responses as appropriate.
Mothers and babies
Pregnancy and parenthood are major life events that can create a wide range of emotions for women, their partners and family. Illicit drug use can add further stress to an already challenging situation, giving rise to complex issues and experiences.
This session looks at:
- key issues in providing support to pregnant women who are using illicit drugs;
- effects of drugs on the unborn child; and
- child protection issues.