IHRA 2011 Conference…the conference report from the guy that wasn’t there
I have never been to an International Harm Reduction conference. Not one. But I’m going to write a blog article about the International Harm Reduction Conference that just finished in Beirut, Lebanon.
I can do this thanks to Twitter and all the tweeps out there who shared there experience of the conference. I’ve been watching the #IHRA2011 hashtag for the last few days, following friends from home, friends I’ve only ever met online and friends that I haven’t met yet, tweet about their conference experience and it was… GREAT!
So let’s have a look at some of the highlights:
The International Harm Reduction Association Conference Declaration was all over the web before the conference even really got rolling with tweets and retweets asking people to sign the declaration calling for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for drug users. If you missed it you can still sign it here: A global call for action
It was also fantastic to hear that fellow Australian Jude Byrne the Chair of INPUD along with Richard Needle from the U.S. were awarded this year’s International Rolleston Award
Greg Soctt (@2thirty) shared a great presentation about brief intervention to promote risk reducing behaviours to reduce the incidence of HCV transmission. Greg shared his presentation with Twitterdom as well as the conference, making him a star in my books. Thanks Greg for sharing your great work.
You can see his presentation here: By the Numbers
@injectingadvice Nigel Brusndon of http://injectingadvice.com fame made a movie that was to be shown as part of Meghan Ralston’s (@overdosegirl) presentation to the conference. Nigel did a great job of articulating how Twitter can be used to share information and learning among harm reductionists and drug users. Unfortunately their were some technical difficulties and Meghan never got to show the film. That didn’t deter Nigel though who promptly put the film up on the Injecting Advice website and tweeted the conference hashtag to let everyone know. You can see the film at the Injecting Advice website.
Next year’s conference is in my homeland of Australia and I look forward to attending in person, but in the meantime a big thank you to all of the Tweeters out there that allowed us to share in even a little bit of this year’s conference.