Conference Stream: Intersections
Presenter: Sarah Lambert, Andrew Trist
Presentation Title: Using cross- organisational responses to address rates of methamphetamine use in LGBT populations
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 14:55
Duration: 15 mins
The 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that methamphetamine use – across the whole Australian population – has remained stable at 2.6%. However, use for gay, lesbian and bisexual people is 4.5 times higher
The 2014 Sydney Gay Community Periodic Survey found that 12.7 % of gay men and 35.9% of HIV positive gay men had used methamphetamine in the last 6 months. While we know that not all use leads to harm, these rates are cause for concern.
ACON works cross organisationally to both raise and profile the issues of substance use in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community but also to advocate for improved services, improve access and participation in service delivery. ACON also works closely with partner agencies to deliver individual, group and population level responses to the LGBT community affected by substance use, including people with problematic methamphetamine use.
In 2014 ACON released stimcheck.org, a campaign targeting regular stimulant users which, amongst other things, encourages people to consider having a stimulant health check-up. The campaign was supported by a community forum and continues to be widely promoted in a range of print and new media platforms.
Since 2013 ACON has seen 78 clients in its substance support program, (65%) clients presenting with methamphetamine use as their primary substance of concern, 53% (41 clients) were HIV positive.
Using cross organisational, multidisciplinary approaches to this work has proven effective in developing effective responses in addressing the needs of high risk population in our community