Medical and Harm Reduction Facilities
Harm Reduction International is dedicated to promoting comprehensive and responsive health services and policies around the world. To this end, Harm Reduction International is committed to ensuring our event provides and facilitates appropriate care for all delegates who may have special healthcare needs, especially those people who use or have used drugs, or who are living with HIV, viral hepatitis or TB. In order to do this, we appoint a Medical Committee for each conference, consisting of local and international healthcare professionals and representatives of organisations of people who use drugs.
Information for All Delegates
All conference delegates should arrange their own health and travel insurance in advance of their trip to Australia and should ensure that they carry it with them whilst at the conference.
All conference delegates who are undergoing any kind of medical treatment should bring their own medication in sufficient quantities to cover their treatment for the duration of their stay in Australia.
All conference delegates (undergoing any kind of medical treatment) are advised to bring a medical record from their doctor (written in English) specifying their condition and the treatment they are receiving. This will make things easier in the event of unexpected circumstances, such as medication being mislaid or the need for urgent medical care.
Such a letter from your doctor and, if possible, a copy of the prescription in your name, will also verify your authorisation for these medications (should you be asked) upon arrival at the airport.
When Carrying Medication Abroad
Services Available at the Conference
OST – Availability, Import and Export
Whilst OST can be arranged, this will only be prescribed where the individual is unable to export their medication.
OST must be arranged in advance of the conference - You should contact the Medical Services Coordinator as soon as possible at medical[at]hri[dot]global if you are likely to require drug treatment in Australia. This treatment may be subject to a small fee. The full details of such costs and any funding arrangements can be clarified with HRI.
Delegates should also carry an addressed and stamped letter from their prescriber, detailing your name, address, date-of-birth, passport number, name of medication being taken, daily dose, dates of travel and return, plus total number of days prescribed.
Australian Border Force (ABF) website advice:
You do not need a permit to bring in most prescription medicines even if they contain a controlled substance because such imports are generally covered by a traveller exemption scheme.
Prescription medication can be imported under a traveller exemption, provided that:
You should leave your medicine in its original packaging and declare it to the Australian Border Force when you arrive.
Information taken from ABF on 24/08/22; click here to check for updates.
For further information regarding the HR23 Wellbeing facilities, please email medical[at]hri[dot]global (in confidence).
Please refer back to this page for any updates and new information. An information leaflet for delegates (detailing all local services) will be made available nearer the time.