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The Healthy Blood, Healthy Body project uses the following terminology in its approach to the research. This terminology has been agreed on by project partners and is consistent with current service delivery and policy approaches.

Harm reduction 

Policies, programs, and practices that aim to reduce the adverse health, social, and economic consequences of the use of drugs for the user, their families, and the wider community

Harm reduction strategies

Identify specific risks associated with drug use and seek to reduce preventable risk factors and encourage safer behaviours

Needle and syringe programs (NSPs)

Aim to reduce the spread of blood-borne viruses and other harms associated with injecting drug use by educating users about safer injecting practices and providing clean needles and syringes.

*Note on Terminology 

The Healthy Blood, Healthy Body project is a Western Australian-based research project. In Western Australia, the term Aboriginal is preferred to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, in recognition that Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants of Western Australia. This preference in terminology is not intended to cause disrespect to the Torres Strait Islander community.  

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