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Archival Content: 1999-2005

Training Doing the Work

Outreach Best Practices

  • Going to where drug users are, not waiting for them to come to you
  • Gaining the trust of IDUs
  • Accessing a wide range of IDU social networks
  • Involving peers and workers who know the community and its issues
  • Offering education that’s:
    • clear and direct
    • based on actual injecting and sexual practices
  • Going beyond education alone to offer:
    • help
    • referrals to care and treatment
  • Giving outreach workers and peer educators:
    • adequate supervision
    • burnout/relapse prevention
    • payment/support/assistance
    • initial training
    • structured ongoing learning opportunities
  • Giving outreach managers:
    • high level of training
    • flexibility
    • ability to manage wide range of people
    • ability to handle crises and changing circumstances

Source: Adapted from Dave Burrows, AIDS Projects Management Group, Sydney, Australia

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