Overdose Prevention Society
:The first location for MySafe and our original partner in this project, Overdose Prevention Society ( OPS) was established in reaction to the quickly growing number of those overdosing and dying from a poisoned drug supply.
- Community Governance
- Innovative Strategies
- Health Literacy
- Addressing health & social inequalities
- facilitators & barriers for scaling up innovations
- and improving health outcomes through empowerment
Atira Women’s Resource Society is dedicated to supporting women and children affected by violence by offering safe and supportive housing and by delivering education and advocacy aimed at ending all forms of gendered violence. Our work is informed by our understanding that women’s experiences of gender-based violence is central to their use of substances and that understanding the intersections between women’s experience of violence, poverty, racism, gendered patterns of drug use/harms, and lack of support for mothering, are critical to developing programs that are seamless and which increase opportunities for women to keep themselves and their children safe.
SOLID is a non-profit organization that provides peer-based health education and support services to reduce the harms associated with drug use in Victoria. Our mandate is to provide accessible pathways to health and treatment for individuals who are street-involved. Our immediate goal is to help our members stay alive during their most difficult times so that they will have the opportunity to improve their lives with the proper supports in place.
At the core of our work, and what makes our programs unique in Victoria, is our commitment to peer-based services: all of services are provided by, and our board is governed by, individuals with current or former experience of drug use and the stigmatization and criminalization that often accompanies drug use. We use this shared experience as a basis for engaging people who would not otherwise access services, as a first step in assisting our members in improving their health, and in channelling our collective knowledge and skills to give back to our community.