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The Connection

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The Connection

The Connection Is the Indigenous program of CAHMA (Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy). Like CAHMA The Connection is a peer based service, run by and for users focusing on the needs of the Indigenous community. The Connection offers a range of services including; peer support, representation and advocacy, referrals, information and education.

We promote improved health for Indigenous drug users and seek to reduce the harms associated with illicit and injecting drug use through the provision of projects such as; The Deadly Family BBQ and Art Attack, The Connection magazine and peer education workshops throughout the year.

The Connection Magazine is published twice yearly and offers a range of interesting topics focusing on Indigenous illicit and/or injecting drug users. The Magazine is peer driven and we are always looking for your input, whether it be a personal story, art work, opinion piece or an article. So if you have something to contribute or need help to write your story, contact us at The Connection. We provide a small payment for all published contributions.

Links & Resources

The 3rd National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Virus and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2010-2013.

The Connection had input into this strategy and held consultations with peers from our community to make sure that our voices were heard. As a result Indigenous People who use Drugs are mentioned not only as a priority population but as the people that should be educating and providing information on blood borne viruses.


Torres Strait Island HIV?AIDS and hepatitis information in Creole (broken English) brochure.

The Connection Promotes this resource as it there are not to many resources out there promoting HIV/AIDS and hepatitis awareness targeting Torres Strait Islander people. This resource has been written in Creole.


"Holding Our Own" Brochure.

This brochure has information on HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmissible Infections and hepatitis C for Indigenous Gay men and sister girls. This was published by Queensland Association for healthy Communities. The Connection promotes all related Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brochures. If you know of any that you think we should provide a link to please contact us at The Connection. The Connection will hopefully be producing a hepatitis C information resource in the very near future if you have ideas or would like to be involved contact us on 02) 6279 1670.


Useful websites


This is a great website full of up-to-date resources and information. Itís a great opportunity to meet other people from the health sector and keep informed with whatís going on nationally.


AIVL website

AIVL have produced a number of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Including; Blood relations, something is going to get us and AIVLís Aboriginal Peer educators hep C kit. AIVL have also produces a number of resources for mainstream workers such as; Increasing access for Aboriginal injecting drug users for mainstream services-training module, Aboriginal forum 2009 hepatitis awareness week and Working with hep C in Aboriginal communities. So check it out at: