How did Australia’s supervised injecting facilities adapt to covid-19?
Mar 5, 2021
The “Harm Reduction Journal” has published an article titled “Adapting harm reduction services during covid-19: lessons from the supervised injecting facilities in Australia.” During the various covid-19 lockdowns that impacted Sydney and Melbourne, the supervised injecting facilities in both cities were designated as essential services and were able to remain in operation. There were, however, a range of challenges in maintaining service delivery throughout these times. The article describes a number of lessons learned, which have relevance to many different types of services that engage with highly marginalised people, including homelessness services and outreach services. The Melbourne service, for example, introduced a support position specifically designed to help guide clients through the procedural changes that had to be implemented.