Help Support Campaign to Save Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League #SaveAIVL

A critical change has recently taken place in regard to the means by which the Australian federal government provides funding to national, community based, peak organisations representing communities known to be at greater risk  from exposure to, and incidence of, blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

While this change has also affected funding for other organisations it has, unfortunately, effectively excluded AIVL from applying for funding which would allow us to continue our work in this important area of public health policy and advocacy beyond June 2016.

This change is a significant departure from the demonstrably successful and internationally recognised way that Australia has responded to BBVs and STIs in the past. It is an enormous blow to the good work undertaken in the context of harm reduction, and the end of the historic decades long “Partnership Model” where governments worked with key affected communities.

We are urgently appealing to the Federal Health Minister to ensure Australia continues its successful approach in the areas of prevention and treatment of BBVs and STIs among people who use drugs, and that AIVL is in a position to continue to perform this vital role as a key partner with unique insight and expertise in this field as a part of Australia’s ongoing response to these truly ‘life and death’ issues for so many Australians.

The potentially dire consequences to both directly effected communities, and the broader Australian community generally should AIVL no longer be in a position to advocate, lobby, and undertake representation of our community on government advisory and policy panels and committees, amongst our other work, is something that will no doubt in hindsight prove to be a great loss to the wonderful credentials AIVL has in this field.

Please refer below to the resources provided so that you may assist AIVL with this campaign. AIVL is enormously grateful for, and appreciative of, your support of our organisation and work at this time of great uncertainty for the future of our organisation.

Learn about our organisation and the changes that have placed it at risk

Fact Sheet One - A brief background to AIVL and the Australian response to blood borne viruses

Fact Sheet Twothe funding restructure and why AIVL is at risk

Advocacy Pack: What you can do right now to help #SaveAIVL:

SIGN OUR PETITION to Health Minister Susan Ley and encourage others in your networks to do so too;

WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL MEMBER / SENATOR: Let your local federal member of parliament and/or senator know that our funding is important to you.  You can contact them electronically or send them a letter in the mail.

  1. Click here to download sample letter to help get you started Feel free to change this and make this as personal to you as you feel comfortable with.
  2. Send it to your local Member of Parliament or Senators. If you’re not sure who these are, you can find out  by searching for your postcode at the following links: -- Click here to find your local member and their contact details. -- Click here to find your Senator and their contact details
  3. Let us know what response you get via our Facebook page

Other tools that might help you write to your local members/senators:

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Use the hashtag #SaveAIVL and spread the word.