2 June 2022
INHSU is an official partner for the Harm Reduction International Conference, taking place in Melbourne, Australia from 16-19 April 2023. The theme of the event is ‘Strength in Solidarity’, and INHSU is proud to be a co-organising partner, to help shape the program, and to showcase Australia’s harm reduction initiatives.
The Harm Reduction International Conference, convened by Harm Reduction International in a different city every two years, attracts over 1,000 international delegates and has been held in almost every region of the world. 2023 marks its return to Australia for the first time in 19 years.
“Hosting the Harm Reduction International Conference is a collaborative effort between HRI and our partners in the host country,” says HRI. “With a UK-based conference team, we rely on our local partners for essential local knowledge, connections and experience – and this time, we have a consortium of four organisations as our partner. Across all educational activities and policy work in the sector, the Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM), Harm Reduction Victoria and INHSU seek to advocate for safe and equitable care, free of stigma and discrimination for people with HIV and viral hepatitis and people who use drugs.”
Over four days of presentations, workshops, films, networking events and more, the conference will continue its history of providing a dynamic forum to share the latest research and discussions on best practice in drug use, harm reduction and human rights.
“INHSU is an international organisation with members across the globe, and was founded in Switzerland,” says Nikitah Habraken, Acting Executive Director of INHSU. “However, with our current president Jason Grebely and our secretariat currently based in Australia we have a depth and breadth of knowledge about the local, national, and international harm reduction and hepatitis C areas. We look forward to bringing this expertise to the table at Harm Reduction International, one of the must-attend events for anyone seeking to improve the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs. Their mission is closely aligned to ours and we are looking forward to working together.”
Registration for HR23 is open now with abstracts opening in August.