Our Vision for Reconciliation

NUAA's vision for reconciliation is of an inclusive Australia,

a society that respects and celebrates

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.

It is a nation where everyone prospers and thrives,

where everyone experiences equity in health

and the power and freedom of self‐determination.

This is an Australia that has abolished harmful and discriminatory laws

and supports the rights, health and dignity of all people,

including those who use drugs.

Reconciliation is a way of being, a cornerstone of our citizenship,

where we hold deep regard for the people on whose land we all live.

Our special edition of User's News

Blackout was developed with the commitment and input of over 40 Aboriginal people who use drugs, led by Guest Editor Joanne Brown, a seven strong expert Editorial Committee and an awesome peer driven Editorial Board of seven people who use drugs. The edition is devoted to things important to Aboriginal people who use drugs and we are very proud of it. Thanks to everyone who made this issue possible. Please download it and read about the double discrimination that is faced by Aboriginal people who use drugs every day.


The main purpose of the Community Consultation Rapid Scoping Project (the RISE Project) was to inform the NUAA about the needs of Aboriginal people who inject drugs. The Project responded to the dearth of information available about Aboriginal PWID. The Project utilised a peer-led focus group methodology to consult with Aboriginal people who inject in urban and regional sites across NSW. NUAA is currently developing strategies to address the RISE Project recommendations. Read the RISE Project Report here:

Just Say KnoW mural

"The Mob" Just Say KnoW mural at Redfern train station was a NUAA Tribes project back in 1998, and we are still working on it! State Rail are looking to revamp the mural on its street side walls and NUAA is active in the ongoing process.

NUAA's Reconciliation Action Plan

NUAA's Reconciliation Action Plan is attached to our KPIs and is something we take very seriously. NUAA is currently working on the latest version of our Reconciliation Action Plan, it will be posted on this site as soon as it is ready.


Each month we will be uploading a video focusing on things important to Aboriginal people who use drugs, delivered by the fabulous Bonny Briggs, Project Officer (Harm Minimisation), Public Health Unit, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AHMRC). Click on the icon below to go to the YARNIN' WITH B page.

Commitment to reconciliation

NUAA staff and members made this painting about their commitment to reconciliation at the launch of the Reconciliation Plan. It is hung in the NUAA Office.

NAIDOC week celebrations

NUAA staff take part in the 2013 NAIDOC week celebrations, picnicking in Hyde Park while listening to excellent entertainment by Aboriginal talent.