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Objectives of the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)

Page last updated: March 2011

The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) is the national peak organisation for the state and territory drug user organisations and represents issues of national significance for people who use illicit drugs and people on opioid pharmacotherapies.

The organisational philosophy of AIVL is user-centred and peer-based with the dual aims of reducing drug-related harm and promoting and protecting the health and human rights of people who use/have used illicit drugs.

AIVL operates within a health promotion framework as articulated in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (1986). With this overall framework in mind, AIVL undertakes a broad range of health promotion and disease prevention activities and programs.

One of the primary aims of the organisation is to prevent and reduce the transmission of blood-borne viruses — such as hepatitis B and C and HIV — among people who inject illicit drugs, and to ameliorate the negative impact of such conditions among those already infected.

In addition to disease prevention activities, AIVL also works to promote the provision of high-quality, accessible and relevant services to people who use/have used illicit drugs throughout Australia, including drug treatment services.

Although AIVL represents and addresses issues affecting all illicit drug users and people on opioid pharmacotherapies, AIVL and its member organisations maintain a priority focus on injecting drug users and injecting drug user issues due to the higher levels of harm and marginalisation routinely experienced by people who inject drugs.

AIVL believes that people who use illicit drugs and those on opioid pharmcotherapies have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to be able to live their lives free from discrimination, stigma and health and human rights violations.

Further information about the aims, objectives and work of AIVL can be found at: www.aivl.org.au