The Western Australian Substance Users Association (WASUA) is a state-wide, community based organization that aims to improve the health and social circumstances of people who use drugs (PWUD) in WA.
WASUA is staffed and governed by people who have had personal experience of substance use and /or people who have an interest in substance use issues and support WASUA’s practice and principles.
The Overdose Prevention and Management Program (OPAM) and Peer-administered Naloxone Project aim to reduce the incidence of death and morbidity associated with opioid overdose (OD).
They work to educate community members and to increase awareness of risk factors and knowledge of prevention and management strategies appropriate to OD.
Duties include recruiting, training and supporting a small team of volunteer peer educators and delivering training to, and supporting, people who use drugs, their families and significant others to develop skills, including; recognising an overdose and responding as a first aider, basic life support, and how and when to administer naloxone.
Job tasks and responsibilities;
- Support the recruitment and training of volunteer peer educators,
- Facilitate accurate record keeping and ongoing supervision of peer volunteer activities,
- Organise and facilitate the provision of Naloxone training events as per the service contract,
- Participate as a productive team member.
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