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CAHMA Services Peer Based Representation


Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy


We also have a WhatsApp group ...Peer Connect...
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There are links down the left side of the page to specific information which clients are likely to find useful.

There is a page with information about all sorts of things happening during the pandemic. HERE .


The Australians’ Drug use: Adapting to Pandemic Threats (ADAPT) Study is exploring the short and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australians who regularly use illicit drugs.

ADAPT is one of the first studies in Australia to talk with people who regularly use illicit drugs about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ADAPT Study will help to ensure drug-related issues during COVID-19 are better understood and more accurately represented. Participants will be able to share their experiences via the confidential online survey and enter a prize draw to win one of 20 $100 GiftPay vouchers.

Recruitment for the ADAPT Study is now open and we are hoping you might be interested in taking part or sharing amongst your networks. Please head to the website to take part or to share the study to Facebook/Twitter:


Please contact the study team via adaptstudy@unsw.edu.au with any queries or if you would like us to send you other recruitment materials (e.g., posters, social media tiles).

Thank you in advance for your support of this study.
Dr Amy Peacock
Program Lead, Drug Trends
Senior Research Fellow
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
T: +61 (2) 9385 0282
E: Amy.Peacock@unsw.edu.au
W: http://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au
UNSW ABN 57 195 873 179 CRICOS Provider Code 00098G

Dear community, unfortunately due to COVID-19, CAHMA has been forced to change the way that we operate for the foreseeable future.
Please read below and familiarise yourself with these changes:

We will be posting as much information as we can on the CAHMA website and will try and keep you up to date with as many changes as we can happening in the ATOD sector and other services you utilise.

Stay abreast of what ATOD services are doing by visiting their websites here:

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Although our drop is not currently operating due to the coronavirus, you can see a CAHMA staff member if you need to do so. You will have to call and speak to us to arrange this, but we are still seeing our clients. You should call us on 62 533 643. .

CAHMA is a unique service within the ACT, which operates on a peer based, person centred philosophy, which means we encourage and support people to speak on their own behalf and to participate directly in improving their lives.

CAHMA exists to promote the health and human rights of people who use, or have used, illicit drugs. We believe that people who use drugs should be treated with dignity and respect, both as human beings and as consumers of health and social services. CAHMA works to reduce the discrimination and stigma experienced by drug users. We also try to instill a sense of worth and pride in people who use ilicit drugs.

Self-stigmatisation is a means by which people who use drugs are constantly kept in a state of self imposed alienation from broader society; this is something which CAHMA is continually attempting to address through education and community development initiatives designed to engender a sense of self worth and of community inclusiveness and integration.


As a peer based group we have a first-hand knowledge and understanding of the issues encountered by people who use illicit (and other) drugs. Under the 'CAHMA Services' tab above, you can read about some of the activities we do to make the most of this understanding in our efforts to make the lives of drug users safer, healthier and happier. We do this through providing peer support, education, representation and advocacy. We promote improved health for drug users and, through the provision of education and information, seek to reduce harms associated with illicit, injecting and other drug use. By representing drug users on decision making committees, we provide a drug user perspective and voice in the development of policies and programs that impact on the lives and health of illicit drug users.

CAHMA provides information on Alcohol and Other Drug Services, as well as various other government and community services. We can assist in accessing the most relevant service for your needs, can provide referral to any service you may require and will advocate for you where necessary.

Some History

CAHMA was established late in the year 2000, after the closure of Canberra's previous peer-based drug user group, CIN (Canberra Injectors Network). CAHMA is, in fact, the third incarnation of this service, which originally started up in the early 1980's as a response to the then emerging HIV/AIDS epidemic. Called ACTIV (the ACT IV Drug Users League), Canberra's first peer based service operated for over fifteen years (under the auspices of DRIC -the Drug Referral and Information Centre) before it's demise in 1998, when CIN was established.