Needle Syringe Program

Needle Syringe Program

NSP Pack Availability

Packs are available to the community from a secure environment within the hospital foyer
within the following times:

8:00am to 8:00pm (The facility will be locked outside of these hours)

Program Aim:

To minimise the transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C and other blood-borne viruses among injecting users, their sexual partners and children, and from them to the non-injecting community.

Objectives:

  • To reduce the unsafe practice of sharing needles and syringes and other injecting equipment by Intravenous Drug User's by implementing a harm minimisation approach.
  • To promote safe retrieval and disposal of used needles and syringes, with an emphasis on increasing return rates of injecting equipment to NSP's
  • To facilitate two-way education between NSP staff and peer educators
  • To promote awareness of IDU issues in the general community

Strategies:

  • To ensure the availabilty and distribution of sterile needles and syringes, alcohol swabs, other injecting equipment and portable sharps containers.
  • To facilitate safe retrieval and disposal of used needles and syringes
  • To provide To facilitate ongoing support and participation for the NSP by establishing networks with police, local government, community groups, health and welfare workers and other stakeholders.
  • To provide information and education regarding the risk and transmission of HIV and other blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis B and hepatitis C, as well as promoting general health and well-being.