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NSWOCC Launch of Harm Reduction Community of Practice

In order to meet the needs of underrepresented populations who may be experiencing wound, ostomy and or continence issues, NSWOCC will be launching a new Harm Reduction Community of Practice which will be led by two NSWOCs with active experience rooted in harm reduction, Priyanka (she/her) and Lili (they/them) - Priyanka is a board member of the Student Overdose Prevention and Education Network (SOPEN) in Hamilton, Ontario, and both Priyanka and Lili are Consumption Treatment Services nurses in Kitchener, Ontario.

Harm reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that have a goal to minimise the negative health, social and legal impacts associated with drug use, drug policies and drug laws. Harm reduction is grounded in justice and human rights and focuses on positive change and on working with people without judgement, coercion, discrimination, or requiring that people stop using drugs as a precondition of support. This inclusion should and can extend to NSWOC practice and clients, we must make our efforts to build shared value in our community and develop our teams to be a community asset.

We invite you to join this new Harm Reduction Community of Practice for the inaugural meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 7:30 PM Eastern.

To register, please email ( and then a zoom link will be sent to you.

On behalf of Lili and Priyanka, we look forward to meeting with you on Thursday October 12 at 730PM and starting a conversation and taking action on harm reduction in wound, ostomy and continence.

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