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Provider HRVIC

2-Day Harm Reduction Masterclass

March 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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One event on March 21, 2024 at 9:30 am

Free Course

Harm Reduction Masterclass: learn the principles and best practice with peer expert trainers from Harm Reduction Victoria. Learn alongside our living experience trainers about what clients who use drugs really want and need from our services. Essential for all new and established workers in the AOD and BBV workforces.


There are 7 modules delivered over 2 half-days online, with each one designed to give you a basic understanding of each topic.  There is an activity that needs to be completed before attending the second day of training. Participants will receive details via email the week before the training.

NB: do not enrol in this training if you cannot commit to attending both days.  No-shows are not acceptable and will affect your ability to enrol in other training.


DAY ONE – Wednesday March 20, 12:30PM – 5:00PM

Harm Reduction 101

  • Understand the history of harm reduction in Victoria & Australia.
  • Understand the National Drug Strategy policy of Harm Minimisation and how Harm Reduction fits into this policy.
  • Understanding the Substance, Set and Setting principles as a way to understand an individual’s drug experience.

Safer Injecting

  •  Understand safer injecting practices, including injecting sites; using a tourniquet, and infection & Blood Borne Virus risk.
  • Understand the circulatory system and the difference between veins and arteries.
  • Understand through “hands-on” demonstration the drug mixing up the process and the transmission risk points during the process.

Drug Overdose & Adverse Effects

  • Understand some of the common myths around opioid overdose.
  • Be able to recognize the signs of overdose and of actions to take in different circumstances
  • Understand when and how to intervene in overdose situations.

Naloxone Administration

  • Understand where to obtain naloxone for clients
  • Understand the different formulations of naloxone available
  • Understand the difference between someone who is ‘on the nod’ or overdosing and the appropriate time to administer naloxone.


DAY TWO – Thursday March 21, 9:30AM – 1:00PM

Introduction to Pharmacotherapy

  • Be aware of the pharmacotherapy options available to PWUD in Victoria.
  • Understand how to access pharmacotherapy in Victoria.
  • Be aware of Victoria’s “broken system”

Working Effectively with people who use drugs

  • Understand barriers to effectively working with people who use drugs (PWUD), in particular, people who inject drugs (PWID)
  • Understand and challenge the ‘gateway drug’ theory.
  • Understand common myths about PWID, the effects of criminalisation, and the stigma on the health of PWUD

Stigma & Discrimination

  • Understand how stigma and discrimination act as a barrier in healthcare settings.
  • Understand how frameworks of morality and social discourse frame our understanding of drug use.
  • Understand how we can all contribute to eliminating stigma and discrimination in ourselves and our services


Eligibility Criteria

This training has been funded for workers employed in a Victorian State-funded Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) service, including those who are new to the AOD sector or recently employed under the COVID-19 Workforce Initiative and Peer workers.

Who is not eligible?

Students on placement or internships, workers from other community sectors such as Family Violence, Homelessness and Mental Health and AOD workers outside of Victoria.

Please ensure you have clearance to attend from your line manager. If you cannot attend, even if you find out the day before, please cancel your registration and make your spot available to someone else on the waiting list.

2-Day Harm Reduction Masterclass

Free Course
Training Mode Online

VAADA acknowledges the support of the Victoria Government