Our outreach staff are also aware of and adhere to acknowledged principles of harm minimisation and have promoted better health, social and economic outcomes for the individual, our client group and thus the wider community for many years.
Their specific N.S.P. training also includes working effectively with people who inject drugs (including culturally appropriate service provision), knowledge of blood borne virus transmission and prevention, knowledge of national, state and local patterns of drug use, knowledge of the range of injecting equipment available, knowledge of safe working practices, knowledge of legal and child protection issues in relation to N.S.P. services, knowledge of health promotion strategies and local assessment and referral processes.
Our staff are also trained in policies and procedures that ensure their own safety, and the safety of other staff including wearing suitable clothing to minimise potential needle-stick injuries, safe mode and method of transportation of sharps containers, operating in pairs and having access to an appropriate communications system, and critical incident procedures outlining processes and responsibilities for managing incidents, including client aggression, threats of violence and other potentially hazardous situations