Department of Health

Needle and Syringe Program

The Victorian Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is a public health initiative that aims to minimise the spread of blood-borne viruses such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B and C among people who inject drugs and into the wider community.

Harm Reduction Victoria

The Victorian Government funds Harm Reduction VictoriaExternal Link for a range of harm reduction initiatives.


DanceWizeExternal Link aims to reduce drug and alcohol-related harm at Victorian dance parties, festivals and nightclubs through peer education. The project involves the attendance of Key Peer Educators, who host a chill-out space, discuss safer drug use and distribute health resources.

Drug Overdose Prevention and Education program

The Drug Overdose Prevention and Education (DOPE) programExternal Link delivers peer-based training through structured workshops on overdose prevention and response and other drug education.

Australian Drug Foundation

The Victorian Government funds the Australian Drug FoundationExternal Link , the leading alcohol and other drug prevention service provider in Australia for a range of prevention activities.

Drug Facts

Drug FactsExternal Link provides accessible and comprehensive online information for all Victorians about alcohol and other drugs, with an emphasis on harm reduction and primary prevention.

DrugInfo line and email service

The Foundation operates the DrugInfo lineExternal Link (1300 858 584), a telephone information and referral service for people who need information about preventing alcohol and drug related harm. It operates during business hours. They also operate an email information service and an email alert service.

ADF SEARCHExternal Link is the Foundation's free online service to find information about alcohol and drugs including online databases, reports, books and journal articles. Membership allows access to a more comprehensive suite of resources.


The Foundation also contributes to peer-reviewed published research on prevention, public health and alcohol and other drugs and deliver seminars and workshop relating to alcohol and drug use to a wide range of audiences.

Good Sports

The Victorian Government provides funding for Good SportsExternal Link , a national program that partners with and supports local sporting clubs to change attitudes toward drinking, tobacco and drug use, and improve mental health and nutrition among sporting participants and the wider community.


The Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (Party) programExternal Link is a harm minimisation outreach program that demonstrates the impact of alcohol and drug abuse to young people. It is delivered by the Alfred and Royal Melbourne Hospitals to students across Victoria. Participants learn about the trauma, injury and health consequences of risky behaviours by reviewing real-life clinical scenarios, and seeing an emergency room, a burns and trauma unit, an intensive care unit and a family bereavement room. Young people also meet trauma survivors who discuss the impact of risky behaviour and options to minimise risk.

Reviewed 28 April 2017


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