Website Review: AIVL

At a glance:

  • Downloadable resources
  • Junkmail Magazine (downloadable)
  • AIVL Conference presentations

The Review

The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) have just released their attractive new website in the past week.

The league is the national peak organisation representing the state and territory drug user organisations and contributes to issues of national significance to current and ex drug users.

The site provides health and harm reduction information pertinent to drug users, as well as information about global action to reduce discrimination against drug users.  Visitors to the site can download a wide range of materials and resources regarding HIV, hepatitis C, injecting  drug use, pharmacotherapies and harm reduction.  People in treatment can also access a range of materials designed to inform them about their rights as a treatment consumer and consumer participation.

AIVL staff have been actively disseminating the work of AIVL at a variety of conferences, with many of the presentations also downloadable from the site.

The website is attractive to look at, well organised and maintains a basic search function.  I am particularly intrigued with a link on the home page to a new website initiated by AIVL called “Our C-Ciety”.  This new initiative appears to be a social network that addresses Hepatitis C. (I’m still awaiting membership approval, but I’ll be sure to review the site when I get the opportunity!)

Another exciting component to the site is an animation driven interactive vein care guide which will be released at a later date.

The Verdict

Attractive, easy to navigate site from an organisation that has been willing to share many of it’s resources in downloadable format.  I look forward to checking out “Our C-ciety” which will add a bit more interactivity to the mix.  Overall a fantastic resource for both harm reduction/AOD workers and consumers.

Check out the site yourself and let other readers how you would rate the site in the comments section below this article.


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