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The history of Australia’s first medically supervised injecting centre (MSIC)
Find out more about the history of Uniting MSIC.
The first ‘official’ supervised injecting facility began in Switzerland in 1986. Now there are nearly 100 supervised injecting facilities operating around the world, in places such as:
The Uniting Sydney MSIC is the only supervised injecting facility in Australia.
All supervised injecting facilities aim to improve public health and public amenity by reducing drug use in public places. They are often established in areas where there is a high concentration of people injecting drugs in full view of others, on the street. The centres vary depending on what is happening in the local area – some may offer facilities for inhalation or intranasal drug use, whereas others are only for drug use via injections. The skills and qualifications of staff may vary too, but supervised injecting facilities all have common goals:
If you would like more information about supervised injecting facilities in general, visit the website of the International Network of Drug Consumption Rooms or the website of the Global Platform for Drug Consumption Rooms. For more information about the Canadian services, with all resources in English, visit the Vancouver Coastal Health Supervised Injection Site website and the website of the Dr Peter AIDS Foundation.
Kings Cross was chosen as the location for the Uniting MSIC because it had the highest frequency of drug overdose deaths in the state, and indeed within Australia. It was also chosen because the local community was very supportive of trialling the initiative in their area.
Find our more about why Kings Cross was chosen as a location.
The Uniting MSIC was established in Kings Cross by the Uniting Church and NSW Government in 2001, in the belief that everyone has the inherent right to dignity and respect.
It was also established in the belief that it will reduce deaths from overdose and save lives created in God’s image. The centre continues to save countless lives and has helped many onto the path of recovery and rehabilitation.
Read more about the centre’s history and its theological underpinning.
If you would like to find out more about Uniting MSIC, call us on +61 (0) 2 9360 1191 or email email@example.com.
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