Needle and syringe program

Access to safe injecting equipment and other support

cohealth’s Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is an important public health initiative. It prevents the spread of bloodborne viruses like HIV and Hepatitis C and reduces the harms associated with injecting drug use. The program provides free needles and syringes, sharps disposal containers, sterile swabs, and sexual health products to all members of the community. People can also return used needles and syringes for safe disposal.

Service details

cohealth provides free, confidential and non-judgemental access to safe injecting equipment. We also provide other support such as education, information and referral to further treatment when appropriate.

We 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

Fees & eligibility

Anyone who uses drugs.

During open hours: Drop-in to any of the cohealth NSP sites (see locations on this page).

*Outside of open hours: Go to one of the Syringe Dispensing Units (SDUs) which are located at our Braybrook, Collingwood, Fitzroy and Footscray (Health Works) sites. SDUs are available at times when the NSP is not staffed and dispense free packs of injecting equipment and disposal containers.

If you can’t make it to one of our sites: Contact our Innerspace Mobile NSP Outreach service on 0418 179 814 between 7:30pm – 10:45pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays) 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
  • Westgarth

This service is free.

Available at 6 locations

Opening hours

Mon 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tue 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm

Opening hours

Mon 10:30am - 6:00pm
Tue 10:30am - 6:00pm
Wed 10:30am - 6:00pm
Thu 10:30am - 6:00pm
Fri 10:30am - 6:00pm
NSP Outreach 7:30pm to 11pm weeknights phone 0418 179 814.

Opening hours

Mon 10:15am - 5:00pm
Tue 10:15am - 5:00pm
Wed 10:15am - 5:00pm
Thu 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Fri 10:15am - 5:00pm
Sat 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Syringe dispensing unit is available after hours.

Opening hours

Mon 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Tue 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Wed 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Thu 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Fri 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Syringe dispensing unit is available after hours. NSP Outreach 7:30pm to 11pm weeknights phone 0418 179 814.
Facsimile: 03 7000 1845
Location details and map

Opening hours

Mon 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Tue 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Wed 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Thu 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Fri 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Syringe dispensing unit is available after hours. NSP Outreach 7:30pm to 11pm weeknights phone 0418 179 814.
Facsimile: 9411 4300
Location details and map

Opening hours

Mon 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tue 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 1:00pm - 5.00pm
Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm
Syringe dispensing unit is available after hours.
Facsimile: 7000 1811
Location details and map

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