Counselling service for people who inject drugs and have mental health issues
Confidential and non-judgemental access to safe injecting equipment, condoms, and lubricant
cohealth’s Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is an important public health initiative that prevents the spread of bloodborne viruses like HIV and Hepatitis C and reduces the harms associated with injecting drug use.
Our NSP staff are able to provide confidential and non-judgemental access to:
- safe injecting equipment*
- condoms and lubricant
- education and information
- referral to treatment and welfare when appropriate
We can help with:
- disposal of used injecting equipment
- information on safer using and safer sex
- links to health and support services
What do I need to do?
Drop in to any of the cohealth NSP sites (see below) during open hours.
Contact our Innerspace Mobile NSP Outreach service on 0418 179 814 between 7:30pm – 11:15pm every evening to deliver and collect* injecting equipment if you cannot get to our sites during the day. We can meet you anywhere a car can go – outside a house, shop or street corner. This service is free and discreet.
*Innerspace Mobile NSP Outreach service delivers and collects from the following suburbs: Abbotsford, Brunswick East (east of Nicholson Street), Burnley, Carlton & Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, East Melbourne, Fairfield, Fitzroy & Fitzroy North, Hawthorn & Hawthorn East, Kew & Kew East, North Melbourne, Northcote (south of Separation Street), Parkville, Richmond, West Melbourne and Westgarth.
What will it cost me?
There is no charge for this service.
Further information about NSP
Have you seen a discarded syringe?
Anyone who sees a discarded syringe in the City of Yarra can call our Syringe Disposal Hotline on 9417 5125 - just leave a message letting us know the location of the syringe. We will collect it within 24 hours. Alternatively, send us an email.email Yarra Syringe Disposal