About the Peers and Consumers Forum
The NUAA Peers and Consumers Forum aims to celebrate the contribution of consumer and peer workers – either paid or voluntary – in New South Wales. Consumers and peers participate in a range of settings – AOD treatment services, needle and syringe programs, consumer groups – all are welcome to attend. The successful inaugural Forum was held at the NSW Teachers Federation in Sydney on September 5-6, 2018. You can read the prospectus for our September 3 & 4, 2019 Forum for details of this year’s event. Check our Program page for updates.
The Forum's main goal is to support consumers and peers, and provide a networking opportunity. We also want to raise the voice of people who use drugs and AOD service users to support advocacy, reduce stigma and discrimination and improve health service delivery.
Anyone who hopes to raise the voice of people who use drugs and increase involvement of consumers and peers in health service delivery should think about attending, including:
• Peer and consumer workers in AOD or harm reduction services;
• Community volunteers in AOD or harm reduction services;
• Frontline staff and managers in the AOD sector;
• Researchers with an interest in community responses to AOD; or
• Policy makers and funders.
The NSW Users and Aids Association (NUAA) is the NSW peer-based drug user organisation. We advocate for the health and human rights of people who use or have used drugs, particularly people who inject drugs. NUAA is primarily funded by the NSW Ministry of Health and is staffed and governed by people who use, or have used, drugs.
NUAA Consumer Network
The NUAA Network consists of people who have enacted positive changes through gained knowledge; been empowered through training to participate in Alcohol and Drug Treatment service delivery; have embraced liver health through hep C treatment and support; have engaged in discourse about NSP and other harm reduction initiatives and have helped galvanise their experience to improve the lives of our community.