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  • Melbourne, Victoria

    Event: Ceremony of 100 Lights & 10K Souls
    Date: 31 August 2017 17:00PM – 20:00 PM
    Location: Carlton Gardens, The Big Fountain, 1-111 Carlton St, Carlton VIC 3053
    Contact: Sam or Jane
    Phone: 03-93291500
    Email: samj@hrvic.org.au
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    The Ceremony of 100 Lights & 10k Souls is a memorial for all of our friends and family members who have left us by way of overdose.
    Harm Reduction Victoria invites you to join us in remembering and celebrating the lives of our community members who have passed.
    August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day.
    Join us at Carlton Gardens to acknowledge and write messages of love and remembrance to our loved ones and float them in the lake.
    Each 1 lantern represents 100 lives who have transitioned due to overdose around the world. Lest we Forget.

    Tamworth, NSW

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: Thursday, 31st August, 2017 10am- 2pm
    Location: Coledale Health and Education clinic
    Coledale Community Centre
    2B Kenny Drive, Tamworth NSW 2340
    Contact: Kristi Latimore
    Phone: 67731498
    Email: klatimo2@une.edu.au
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    University of New England is organizing the International Overdose Awareness Day Programme in coordination with Tamworth Family Support Services. We are inviting the guest speakers from NSW Ambulance services, Pharmacy and Needle Exchange Program to talk about the medications, Needle pick up, Reporting and Overdose.

    Richmond, Victoria

    Event: Deaths, Drugs, Decisions: Tackling Richmond’s Drug Crisis
    Date: 31 August 2017 7:00 pm
    Location: Corner Hotel
    57 Swan Street
    Richmond, Victoria 3121
    Contact: Hannah Richardson
    Phone: 03 9386 4400
    Email:
    Visit Website

    Join leading drug law reform campaigner Fiona Patten MP this International Overdose Awareness Day for a forum with personal and professional perspectives addressing Richmond’s drug crisis.

    Hosted by drug law reform advocate and comedian Greg Fleet, the panel includes Fiona Patten MP who is leading the charge for legislative reform, A Current Affair reporter Laura Turner who lost her sister to a drug overdose and local paramedic, Ward Young, discussing the trauma and dangers confronting him.

    Footscray, Victoria

    Event: Health Works Memorial
    Date: 31st August 3pm
    Location: Health Works International Overdose Awareness Day Memorial.
    Where: McNab Reserve Footscray
    When: 31st August
    Time: 3pm
    Contact: Danny Jeffcote
    Phone: 9448 5511
    Email:

    What: Event for clients to gather together and remember loved ones whom we’ve lost to overdose this past year. Opportunity to burn prayer paper and light incense.

    Surry Hills, NSW

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Afternoon Tea
    Date: 31/08/2017 3:30pm
    Location: ACON Cafe
    Ground Floor
    414 Elizabeth Street
    Surry Hills
    NSW 2010
    Contact: Lisa Andreyeva
    Phone: 02 8354 7300
    Email: lisaa@nuaa.org.au
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    Every life counts – let’s talk about overdose

    NUAA Overdose Day Event

    Thursday 31 August- 3:30pm – 4.30pm

    We need to talk about overdose

    Overdoses are preventable and reversible. Between 2004–2014, the number of people dying from accidental overdose increased by 61% and was roughly equivalent to the road toll. For Aboriginal people, this jumped to 141% over the same time.

    Each death from accidental overdose is a brother, an uncle, a sister, a mother, father

    For every person who dies, up to 25 people live, some with long-term after effects. We need to support each other and make sure that anyone who cares for someone who uses drugs knows how to respond to prevent overdose and accidental death.

    Join us as our community leaders and peers lead a conversation about our experiences. Our partners on the day include ACON, Family Drug Support, Students for Sensible Drug Support, the Kirketon Road Centre and The Noffs Foundation.

    Drug checking kits and naloxone training will be available on the day along with NUAA Overdose prevention resources.

    Come along, share some afternoon tea and raise the focus on this important issue. Hear from each other how to support and what it takes to prevent accidental overdose of our friends and family.

    Surry Hills, NSW

    Event: We fight for those we love
    Date: 31 August 2017 3.30pm
    Location: ACON Café
    GRD FLR 414 Elizabeth St
    Surry Hills NSW 2010
    Contact: Lisa Andreyvea
    Phone: 0283547300
    Email: Lisaa@nuaa.org.au
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    Every life counts – let’s talk about overdose

    NUAA Overdose Day Event

    Thursday 31 August- 3:30pm – 4.30pm

    We need to talk about overdose

    Overdoses are preventable and reversible. Between 2004–2014, the number of people dying from accidental overdose increased

    by 61% and was roughly equivalent to the road toll. For Aboriginal people, this jumped to 141% over the same time.

    Each death from accidental overdose is a brother, an uncle, a sister, a mother, father

    For every person who dies, up to 25 people live, some with long-term after effects. We need to support each other and make sure that anyone who cares for someone who uses drugs knows how to respond to prevent overdose and accidental death.

    Join us as our community leaders and peers lead a conversation about our experiences. Our partners on the day include ACON, Family Drug Support, Students for Sensible Drug Support, the Kirketon Road Centre and The Noffs Foundation.

    Drug checking kits and naloxone training will be available on the day along with NUAA Overdose prevention resources.

    Come along, share some afternoon tea and raise the focus on this important issue. Hear from each other how to support and what it takes to prevent accidental overdose of our friends and family.

    Hawthorn, Victoria

    Event: Launch of the Medication Support & Recovery Service
    Date: 31/08/17 All Day
    Location: Box Hill Town Hall (as part of the EMHSCA Mental Health & NDIS event)
    1022 Whitehorse Rd
    Box Hill VIC 3128
    Contact: Julius Ting
    Phone: 1800 931 101
    Email: julius.ting@accesshc.org.au
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    The Medication Support & Recovery Service (MSRS) is a NEW and FREE treatment service for people who are dependent on, or having problems with, their use of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Our service includes specialist counsellors, nursing staff and peer support workers and we are based within local community health services.

    The MSRS is an initiative of the Connect4Health partnership. Connect4Health is a collaboration between three community health services in Inner East Melbourne: Access Health & Community, Carrington Health, and Link Health & Community. To provide services across the whole East and North-East region of Melbourne, Connect4Health has partnered with Inspiro Community Health Service and HealthAbility Community Health Service.

    Point Cook, Melbourne

    Event: Co Health & YSAS Mobile Health Access Point (MHaP)
    Date: Thursday 31st September 1430- 1700
    Location: Point Cook Town Centre – Corner Main & Murnong Streets Point Cook
    Contact: Melissa
    Phone: 0427467158
    Email:

    MHaP is a mobile health service working with disengaged youth with drugs and alcohol issues with an aim to link them into services.

    Nimbin NSW

    Event: National OD Awareness day – Nimbin
    Date: 31 August 20117 12midday to 2pm
    Location: Nimbin NSW – on the main street – Cullen Street Nimbin
    Contact: Natalie Meyer
    Phone: 0266891692
    Email:
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    We will be walking the main street and distributing OD information and CPR information, posting up CPR info in strategic locations along with emergency CPR kits (disposable gloves, resuc masks) and holding a community discussion about reducing OD deaths in our community and how to get hold of the funds for a community access defibrillator

    Richmond, Melbourne

    Event: Deaths, Drugs, Decisions: Tackling Richmond’s Drug Crisis
    Date: Thursday 31 August 2017 7pm – Doors open at 6:30pm
    Location: The Corner Hotel
    57 Swan Street
    Richmond
    VIC 3121
    Contact:
    Phone: 03 9386 4400
    Email: fiona.patten@parliament.vic.gov.au
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    How do we end the needle nightmare?

    Join Fiona Patten MP this International Overdose Awareness Day for a forum with personal and professional perspectives addressing Richmond’s drug crisis.

    Hosted by drug law reform advocate and comedian Greg Fleet, the panel includes Fiona Patten MP who is leading the charge for legislative reform, A Current Affair reporter Laura Turner who lost her sister to a drug overdose and local paramedic Ward Young, discussing the trauma and dangers confronting them.

    FREE ENTRY, NUMBERS ARE LIMITED SO PLEASE ENSURE YOU REGISTER:
    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/deaths-drugs-decisions-tackling-richmonds-drug-crisis-tickets-37080943099

    Ipswich, Queensland

    Event: Overdose Remembrance and Awareness Morning Tea
    Date: 31 August 2017 10:00am
    Location: EACH
    24 East Street
    Ipswich Qld
    Contact: Barry Plotzki
    Phone: 0428 734 740
    Email: Barry.Plotzki@each.com.au
    EACH and other AOD services in Ipswich are supporting Overdose Awareness Day by hosting a morning tea. The morning tea will be held on 31 August 2017. The morning will commence with a welcome to country, a candle lighting ceremony, followed by morning tea and a free rosemary plant giveaway to remember loved ones who have died from an accidental overdose.

    Members of the public are welcome to attend. However, for catering purposes we ask that you RSVP the organizer on the number provided by Tuesday 29 August 2017.

    North Richmond, Victoria

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day at NRCH
    Date: 31 August, 2017 12:00 pm
    Location: North Richmond Community Health
    23 Lennox Street, Richmond 3121
    Contact: Ele Morrison
    Phone: 03 9418 9830
    Email: eleanorm@nrch.com.au

    The event will be held by the Alcohol and Other Drug Program at NRCH. Included will be a welcome to country, a smoking ceremony, presentations from invited guests including Ambulance Victoria, and a candle lighting ceremony to remember the people we have loved who are no longer here with us.

    Tamworth, NSW

    Event: Coledale Overdose Awareness and Education Day
    Date: 31 August 2017 1000-1300
    Location: Coledale Health and Education Centre
    2B Kenny Drive, Tamworth, NSW, 2340
    Contact: Kristi Latimore
    Phone: (02) 67731498
    Email: klatimo2@une.edu.au
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    This event will be held to increase and promote overdose awareness. We will be running education sessions covering needle disposal and collection, drug and alcohol awareness, polypharmacy management. There will also be a tree planting ceremony and free barbecue luncheon for everybody.

    Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

    Event: Harm Reduction Victoria Ceremony of 100 Lights & 10000 Souls- Overdose Day Memorial
    Date: 31st August 5-8pm
    Location: Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
    Contact: Harm Reduction Victoria
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    The Ceremony of 100 Lights is a memorial for all of our friends and family members who have left us by way of overdose. Harm Reduction Victoria invites you to join us in remembering and celebrating the lives of our community members who have passed. August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. Join us at Birrarung Marr to acknowledge and write messages of love and remembrance to our loved ones and float them down the Yarra. Each 1 lantern represents 100 others who have passed due to overdose around the world.

    Redfern, Sydney

    Event: International Overdose Awareness
    Date: 31/08/2017 10am -5pm
    Location: NSP Redfern
    Contact: Simon Vong
    Phone: 93950400
    Email: Nikrant.shrestha@sswahs.nsw.gov.au
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    This is a free training session on the administration of Naloxone, the life-saving drug used to reverse opioid overdose open to the public.
    Overdose deaths are too frequent. Join us to raise awareness, support those who have lost loved ones, and learn how to prevent futures overdoses.
    Our goal is to empower attendees with information to better understand how overdose affects our lives and how we can make a difference to those around us and ultimately help ourselves.

    St Kilda, Melbourne

    Event: Arrow Health
    Date: 01/09/2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    Location: Arrow Health
    129 Wellington Street St Kilda
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Contact: Felicity Lawrence
    Phone: 03 9533 7888
    Email: enquiries@arrowhealth.com.au

    Arrow Health is supporting Overdose Awareness Day by hosting a free education, information and support session on Friday 1st September from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The staff at Arrow Health understand that addiction effects everyone, whether it’s the individual in active addiction, family, friends or even work colleagues. Therefore, our event is aimed at helping and supporting family members and friends of those struggling with addiction. Our goal is to empower attendees with information to better understand how overdose affects our lives, how we can make a difference to those around us and ultimately help ourselves.

    This event is FREE and open to the public.

    Please register your interest by calling 9533 7888 or visiting https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/overdose-awareness-day-free-family-information-and-support-group-tickets-36990587844

    Geelong, Victoria

    Event: Drop in Naloxone – Overdose Education
    Date: 31st August 2017 10.00 – 4.00pm
    Location: Drug and Alcohol Services
    40 Little Malop Street
    Geelong
    3220
    VIC
    Contact: Craig Harvey
    Phone: 0417 521360
    Email: craig.harvey@barwonhealth.org.au

    Throughout the day, Overdose Educators will be on hand to discuss overdose, provide free training and Naloxone provision.

    Darwin, NT

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day SWOP NT closed sex worker only Vigil & SWRG meeting
    Date: 29-8-2017 6pm – 8:30pm
    Location: The SWOP NT – Sex Worker Outreach Program in the Northern Territory invites past and current sex workers to attend a vigil with our peers Call SWOP NT for venue in Darwin region only.
    Contact: Skye and Leanne
    Phone: +61 (08) 8944 7707
    Email: Leanne.Melling@ntahc.org.au
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    Closed Vigil – sex workers only – Sex Workers who inject and or use illicit drugs live with multiple stigma and discrimination.

    We will have peers speaking about drug use in sex work and safety issues including reduction of harm against illicit drug users and sex workers.

    We will reflect, speak of those whom we have lost from overdose and to read poems and stories that bring us together in solidarity.

    We will discuss laws that criminalise drug using sex workers and how the how decriminalisation of sex work and drug use would reduce isolation of sex workers who use illicit drugs and reduce and therefore harms in relation to overdose and work.

    We raise issues to also be mindful of reducing stigma and discrimination against sex workers who use drugs within our own community

    SWOP will provide red candles, bring a hat as we will be outdoors !!!!

    Alice Springs, NT

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day Memorial BBQ – Alice Springs
    Date: 31 August 2017 11am – 2pm
    Location: Alice Springs Town Council Lawns
    Contact: Roland Bull
    Phone: 0889447777
    Email: roland.bull@ntahc.org.au
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    International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    Join NTAHC Alice Springs for a free BBQ on Thursday 31 August from 11am – 2pm on the Alice Springs Town Council Lawns to acknowledge this special day. Chat to our staff, have a bite to eat and help honour and remember those who have lost their lives to overdose, and support their friends and family.

    Darwin, NT

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day Memorial BBQ – Darwin
    Date: 31 August 2017 11am – 2pm
    Location: 46 Woods Street, Darwin, NT, 0800
    Contact: Roland Bull
    Phone: 0889447777
    Email: roland.bull@ntahc.org.au
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    International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    Join NTAHC Darwin for a free memorial BBQ on Thursday 31 August from 11am – 2pm, to acknlowledge this special day. Chat to our staff, have a bite to eat and help honour and remember those who have lost their lives to overdose, and support their friends and family.

    Macquarie University, NSW

    Event: SSDP Macquarie Meet & Greet for International Overdose Awareness
    Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017 5-7pm
    Location: Ubar
    Macquarie University
    North Ryde, NSW, Australia
    Contact: Cassandra Crone (Casey)
    Phone:
    Email: cronec1303@gmail.com
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    Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Macquarie welcome event for semester two in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day. SSDP will be hosting a social event on campus and will be distributing wristbands and pins for overdose awareness.

    Coburg, Victoria

    Event: Overdose Remembrance & MSIC Advocacy
    Date: August 31 2.00-3.30pm
    Location: Uniting ReGen
    26 Jessie St
    Coburg
    Vic 3058Map: http://www.regen.org.au/contact-us
    Contact: Paul Aiken
    Phone: 393848867
    Email: paiken@regen.org.au
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    We will be holding a public event at our Coburg site on the 31st (2.00-3.30pm) to remember those individuals and families affected by overdose, discuss the growing risks associated with opioids in Victoria and advocate for the establishment of a pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Richmond.

    We invite anyone who has used our services, family members or interested members of the public to join us for the event and for afternoon tea.

    Townsville, Queensland

    Event: Townsville Overdose Day event
    Date: 31 August 2017 11am
    Location: Queens Gardens
    Gregory street
    North Ward
    Townsville, Queensland
    Contact: Patrick
    Phone: 0407 019 762
    Email: max7343@hotmail.com

    Prevention and treatment of overdose; rememberence of those who have died

    Melbourne, Victoria

    Event: Worlds Largest Overdose Prevention Training
    Date: Thursday August 31st 6:00pm
    Location: Port Melbourne Town Hall
    333 Bay Street
    Port Melbourne
    Contact: Patrick Lawrence
    Phone: 9537 3177
    Email: info@firststep.org.au
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    Join community health organisations from St Kilda and surrounds as they come together to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day in a wonderful FREE event.

    Featuring Tim Costello AO, The Choir of Hard Knocks, and Lewis Jack, this event will provide basic training to prepare you for what to do in the event that someone you know suffers an overdose.

    ***FREE EVENT BUT BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL***
    https://www.trybooking.com/RJFM

    **NOTE this training is NOT intended to replace proper medical care. An ambulance should be called as soon as possible.

    Shepparton, Victoria

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Breakfast/Morning Tea
    Date: Thursday 31st August 2017 8:30 – 11:00
    Location: Primary Care Connect
    399 Wyndham Street,
    Shepparton VIC 3630
    Contact: Deanne Smith
    Phone: (03) 58233 200
    Email: dsmith@primarycareconnect.com.au

    Community Breakfast and Morning Tea
    8:30 to 11am Thursday 31st August 2017
    8:30 FREE Community Breakfast
    9:30 Guest Speaker
    10:00 Naloxone Training
    10:30 FREE Community Morning Tea

    Inala, Queensland

    Event: Inala Community International Overdose Awareness Day 2017
    Date: Thursday 31st August 2017 10:30am – 12:00pm
    Location: Inala Elders, 79-91 Poinsettia St, Inala, Q, 4077
    Contact: Lynne Rogers
    Phone: 07 3181 7651
    Email:
    Visit Website

    Our community will hold an event on Thursday 31st August at the Inala Elders to remember community members lost to overdose, acknowledge the grief still felt by families and friends and to raise awareness of overdose.

    Event will include a ceremony with a minute silence, speakers and sounds from a didgeridoo.

    Ballarat, Victoria

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day at Ballarat Community Health
    Date: 31/08/2017
    Location: Ballarat Community Health; 12 Lilburne St Lucas 3350, 260 Vickers Street Sebastopol 3356 and 12 Learmonth St Wendouree 3355
    Contact: Pauline Molloy
    Phone: 0408030879
    Email: paulinemo@bchc.org.au
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    Ours is a community awareness and remembrance event. We will have a tribute tree at each site. Community members are welcome to attend and acknowledge those who have been lost to overdose by writing a tribute message to be placed on the tree.

    Melbourne – Victorian Parliament Steps, Australia

    Victorian Parliament Steps
    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Vigil
    Date: Thursday 31st August 2017
    Location: Steps of Parliament, Victoria
    Contact: Penny Mercoulia
    Phone: 03 9654 0430
    Email: penny.mercoulia@aph.gov.au
    It’s time to change the law to make it safer for our children and safer for those who are affected by drugs. We need safe injecting rooms, we need to remove sniffer dogs from society and end the stigma. We need a safer Australia. Join The Greens as we hear from people whose lives have been touched by drugs, and work towards a safer Australia where drug addiction is treated as a health issue, not a criminal one. This is a Greens run event and Greens leader Richard Di Natale will be speaking

    Carnegie, Victoria

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day at SHARC
    Date: Thursday 31st August 2017 11.00am – 1.00pm
    Location: Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC)
    140 Grange Road, Carnegie VIC 3163
    Contact: Natalie Wloch
    Phone: 0395731753
    Email: nwloch@sharc.org.au
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    SHARC acknowledges the impact overdose has on both the SHARC community and the wider community. Overdose can affect anyone at any time.

    We invite friends, family, staff, volunteers and the wider community who have been impacted by the loss of a loved one due to substance use to a reflection opportunity, after which a light lunch will be shared.

    Richmond, Victoria

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: Thursday 31st August 2017 12:00pm
    Location: North Richmond Community Health
    23 Lennox St
    Richmond, 3121
    Contact: Amelia Berg
    Phone: (03) 9418 9830
    Email: ameliab@nrch.com.au

    Community BBQ and candlelit memorial in remembrance of the lives lost to overdose

    Richmond, Victoria

    Event: March to Save Lives – Rally for Safe Injecting in Richmond
    Date: 27 August 2017 10.30am
    Location: WHEN 10.30am Sunday 27 August 2017 Gather
    WHERE Gather Jonas Street, North Richmond (adjacent North Richmond railway station)11am procession down Victoria St to Lennox St
    Contact: Greg Hordacre
    Phone: 0402 423 599
    Email: vicstreetdrugsolutions@gmail.com

    Residents for Victoria Street Drug Solutions are hosting a community-based march and rally in Victoria St, North Richmond. We are local residents who are directly and personally affected by the high levels of public drug taking and illicit drug dealing.

    Join us and hear people from across Victoria speak about the losses they have experienced.
    Share with us as we remember those who have lost their lives in our laneways and caparks.
    Imagine with us a future where drug addiction will be treated as a health issue.

    We are rational, reasonable and compassionate citizens, caring for our community and those that have been marginalised and stigmatised.

    Gather in Jonas St, North Richmond at 10.30am.
    March with us down Victoria St at 11am.
    Stop with us in Lennox St at 11.20am and hear how families in our community have suffered due to Parliament’s inaction.
    Stay on with us from 11.40am to share food and stories in the Park on the corner of Lennox and Butler streets

    St Kilda, Melbourne

    Event: Sharing remembrance, stories and food at the site where it all began
    Date: 31st August, 2017
    Location: Health Services, The Salvation Army Crisis Services at 31 Grey Street, St Kilda
    Contact: Rebecca Thatcher
    Phone: 03 9536 7780
    Email: Rebecca.Thatcher@aus.salvationarmy.org
    Please feel welcome to join us to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day at the site where it all began!
    In 2001, SJ Finn held the first event here and will be back this year to help us commemorate those who have lost their lives to overdose. We will also be honoured to hear stories from people who have experienced overdose or lost loved-ones to overdose as well as from our Access Health GP Dr Josephine Samuel-King who will discuss the importance of harm reduction, naloxone and overdose education.
    This will be followed by a moment of remembrance and reflection.
    We look forward to sharing this important and heartening day with you.
    All welcome.
    Lunch from 2 p.m., formalities from 2:30 p.m. onwards

    Nedlands, Perth

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day: Teamwork Saves Lives
    Date: 31/08/2017 All day
    Location: G Block – Watling Walk
    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
    Hospital Avenue, Nedlands
    Perth, WA
    Contact: Christine Duncan
    Phone: +61 8 6457 3333
    Email: christine.duncan@health.wa.gov.au
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    We are holding an inaugural inter-disciplinary Overdose Day Event, providing education, resources and counselling information. This is a collaboration between many services at SCGH including but not limited to:
    – SCGH Alcohol and Drug Service
    – Western Australian Poisons Information Centre (WAPIC)
    – Western Australian Clinical Toxicology Service
    – SCGH Self Harm and Crisis Counselling Service (SHACC)

    Berwick, Victoria

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Memorial Cermony & BBQ
    Date: 31/08/2017 11.30am
    Location: The Salvation Army Berwick
    Corner Parkhill Drive & Ernst Wanke Road,
    Berwick.
    Contact: Craig Farrell
    Phone: (03) 9704 1940
    Email: craig.farrell@aus.salvationarmy.org
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    An opportunity to celebrate, honour, and remember loved ones who have suffered from overdose. A short ceremony will take place, giving opportunity to share stories of struggle and hope, and to light candles in honour of those who have died. The ceremony will be followed by a BBQ lunch.

    Hyde Park, Perth

    Event: WASUA International Overdose Day BBQ
    Date: 31st August 2017 12.00-2.00pm
    Location: To be held at Hyde Park, via Lake Street entrance along Glendower Street, Highgate.
    Contact: Diane Lloyd
    Phone: 08 93258387
    Email: cdw@wasua.com.au

    A free BBQ will be held on Thursday 31st August from 12-2pm. The event will be held in Hyde Park, near the Memorial Tree at the Lake Street entrance in Highgate. Friends,family and all community members are welcome to attend and acknowledge those who have been lost to overdose and write a tribute message to hang on the Memorial Tree. There will be a stall with information on the harms and effects of opioid and other drug use. There will be staff and peers you can talk to, meet some people, get some info and enjoy a free BBQ.

    Dandenong, Victoria

    Event: Dandenong Remembers
    Date: Thursday 31st August 2017 11am – 2pm
    Location: ‘Dandenong Pop up Park’
    Between Foster Street and Halpin Way, Dandenong 3175
    (Directly opposite Dandenong Railway Station)
    Contact: Leanne Van/Theresa Lewis Leevy
    Phone: (03) 9792-7630
    Email:

    Community awareness and remembrance event – BBQ, activities, overdose prevention information, Naloxone training.

    Fremantle, Perth

    Event: St Patricks Overdose Awareness Day Rememberance
    Date: 31/08/17 10am
    Location: St Patricks
    12 Queen Victoria Street,
    Fremantle
    WA 6160
    Contact: Sean
    Phone: 08 94752982
    Email: Sgallacher@stpats.com.au
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    A morning tea will be held at St Patricks Community Support Centre in Fremantle on 31st August at 10.30am. All community members are welcome to attend and acknowledge those who have been lost to overdose and write a tribute message in a book of condolence. There will be staff and peers present to talk about the harms and effects of opioid and other drug use and recognising and responding to overdose.

    Brisbane, Queensland

    Event: Brisbane International Overdose Awareness Day 2017
    Date: 31st August 2017 5.00pm – 7.00pm
    Location: City Hall – King George Square, Brisbane City
    Contact: Jasmin
    Phone: 0402828866
    Email: jmraggam@hotmail.com.au
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    We’re turning Brisbane City purple again with some of our famous monuments turning their lights purple to support IOAD 2017 including City Hall, King George Square and Victoria Bridge. We are having a candle light vigil with messages from all around the world displayed on our purple hearts, every heart represents a life lost to overdose. We will have guest speakers from Queensland Ambulance Service, Brisbane Night Watch Chaplains, Jon’s Legacy and Family members who have lost their loved ones to overdose. We will also share a prayer and tribute song. We welcome everyone along to commemorate the lives lost or injured from overdose. Our guest speakers will talk about how to recognise the signs of overdose including the importance of Naloxone and what to do in an emergency situation. Death from overdose is preventable and we aim to educate the wider community on this issue so more lives can be saved. We also take this day to support the thousands of families who often suffer and grieve in silence due to the stigma attached to drug related death or injury.

    Leederville, Perth

    Event: Addiction Medicine
    Date: Saturday 23 September 2017 Saturday 23 September
    Location: RACGP WA
    34 Harrogate Street West
    Leederville
    Contact:
    Phone: 08 9489 9555
    Email: wa.events@racgp.org.au
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    Addiction is a chronic, relapsing illness that is difficult to cure. General practitioners (GPs) and other primary care professionals have a key role to
    play in prevention, early detection and management of substance misuse and addiction.

    This one day Active Learning Module (ALM) aims to develop and enhance GPs’ skills in recognising and treating patients who present with drug addictions. The workshop will cover many of the dominant addictive substances seen in general practice including alcohol, benzodiazepines, cannabis, opioids and other psychostimulant drugs.

    We will look at physical, psychological and legal issues surrounding these drugs, the patients who use them and the role and responsibilities of the general practitioner. Prescribing guidelines and comorbidities will also be covered.

    Learning outcomes
    1. Recognise substance use disorder and associated behaviours in patients.
    2. Identify treatment options including brief interventions and formal treatment programs.
    3. Outline the legal aspects of treatment when prescribing Schedule 8 drugs.
    4. Implement a systems based approach to prescribing for a patient with a substance use disorder.