Assessment and prevention of injection-related injury and disease (IRID) among people who inject drugs

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NSW Ministry of Health Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO)

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About the Project


Injecting-related injury and disease (IRID) is a significant health issue among PWID


This study aims to identify prevalence (lifetime and recent) of IRID and associated risk factors among PWID attending the Kirketon Road Centre (KRC) and to develop  and evaluate an intervention to prevent and treat IRID in this group.

Design & Method

A clinician-administered screening tool was developed and integrated into routine alcohol and other drug assessment for PWID first attending KRC. The intervention consisted of specific safer injecting messages provided by clinicians at the point of venepuncture to screen for blood borne infections. A survey to assess baseline injecting knowledge and practices was conducted prior to, and following receipts of, the intervention.


Evaluation of the clinical intervention is currently in progress.


Anecdotal feedback from clinicians suggests that opportunistic safer injecting advice at the time of venepuncture may provide a new and unique teaching moment in relation to injecting behaviour and vein care. The clinical  intervention, which has the potential to both reduce the incidence of BBVIs and other IRID, only has modest cost implications, mostly related to training of clinical staff in conveying the specific safer injecting messages and could readily be replicated more widely in other settings where BBVI testing is being undertaken among PWID.


Peer reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Project Members
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Professor and Program Head and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
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Other Investigators

Ingrid vanBeek, Craig Rogers, Kim Scholey

Project Collaborators: External

Kirketon Road Centre

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