Harm Reduction – Needle and Syringe Program (NSP)

Needle Syringe Program

The NSW Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is an evidence based public health program that aims to protect the community from the spread of infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C. Commencing in 1986 in Sydney, NSPs provide people who inject drugs with free and confidential access to new injecting equipment in order to prevent the sharing of equipment.

An independent report commissioned by the Australian Government found that between 2000 to 2009, Needle and Syringe Programs averted 32,050 cases of HIV, 96,667 cases of Hepatitis C and generated a long term cost savings of 1.28 billion.

Return on investment 2: Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of needle and syringe programs in Australia 2009

New injecting equipments are distributed via primary NSPs, secondary NSPs, vending machines and selected chemists throughout NSW.

NSP services on the North Coast of NSW:-

Needle and Syringe Program – List of Locations

For more information call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service : 1800 422 599

If you have found inappropriately discarded needles and syringes, please call the Needle Clean-up Hotline: 1800 633 353

Services available at these locations

Bellingen

Bellingen River District Hospital,
Church St,
Bellingen NSW 2454

Phone 02 6659 5800

Camden Haven/Laurieton

Camden Haven Community Health,
Laurie Street,
Camden Haven, 2443

Phone 02 6559 9003
Fax 02 6559 9840

  • A 24 hour ‘fitpack’ vending machine is located at Camden Haven Community Health site, Laurie Street, Laurieton (near car park). A 24  hours sharps safe-disposal bin is located nearby.
  • A self help shelf is located in the community health reception, with a variety of needles and syringes. The shelf is accessible Monday- Friday 8.00 – 4.30pm. Closed for lunch 1300-1330 and closed public holidays.
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour Health Campus,
345 Pacific Hwy,
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Phone 02 6656 7934
Mob 0408 661 7231

  • Drop in service open Monday- Friday 8.30am-5pm. (closed on public holidays).
  • Services available: access to full range of sterile injecting equipment, information, support, referral.
  • 24 hours ‘fitpack’ vending machine located at Coffs Harbour Hospital carpark.
  • Equipment Available: 5 x 1ml pack ($3), 4 x 5ml pack ($3), 2 x wheel filters ($3), 4 x water for injection ($1).
  • Free injecting equipment is also available from Emergency Department, Coffs Harbour Hospital.
  • 24 hours sharps safe disposal bin
Dorrigo

Dorrigo Health Campus,
14 Beech St,
Dorrigo NSW 2453

Phone 02 6657 2066

  • 24 hour ‘fitpack’ vending machine opposite loading dock (charges apply).
  • Equipment Available: 5 x 1ml pack ($3), 2 x Condom & Lube ($1)
  • 24 sharps safe-disposal bin
Kempsey Integrated Community Care

Kempsey Community Health Centre,
3 Polwood Street 
West Kempsey NSW 2440

Phone 02 6561 2790 
Fax 02 6562 0325

  • Free 24 hour 1ml free ‘fitpack’ vending machine is located on the corner of Tozer and Polwood Streets, Kempsey
  • A 240L community sharps bin is next to the vending machine.
Macksville

Macksville District Hospital,
14-22 Boundary St,
Macksville NSW 2447

Phone 02 6562 6155

  • 24 hour ‘fitpack’ vending machine (charges apply) located at Macksville District Hospital site, Boundary St, Macksville.
  • Equipment available: 5 x 1ml pack ($3), 2 x Condom & Lube ($1)
Port Macquarie Base Hospital

Port Macquarie Base Hospital 
Wrights Road
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Phone 02 5524 2000

  • Access to ‘fitpacks’, via the Emergency Department :
    • Monday – Friday: 8.00am to 8.00pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 8.30am to 2.00pm
    • Public holidays: 9.00am to 1.00pm
  • 24 hour “fitpack” vending machine on wall at underpass (charges apply)
  • 240L community sharps disposal bin located near the vending machine
Port Macquarie Community Health Centre

Port Macquarie Health Centre

Morton Street

Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Phone 02 6588 2750

  • Access to full range of sterile injecting equipment, information, support and referral from Public Health reception (located at the end of the glass corridor)
  • “Fitpacks” area available from a self help shelf which is accessible Monday- Friday, 8.30 – 5.00pm (Closed public holidays) located at Public Health at the end of the glass corridor
  • 24 hour ‘fitpack’ vending machine, 1mls, 5mls, filters and water available (charges apply).  Vending machine is located near the water tower on Morton Street
  • A240L community sharps disposal bin is located next to vending machine located near the water tower on Morton Street
Kempsey Primary and Community Care

Kempsey Primary and Community Care
River Street 
West Kempsey NSW 2440

Phone 02 6561 2790 

  • Drop in service – Access to full range of sterile injecting equipment, information, support and referral:
    • Monday and Tuesday, 08.30am to 12.30pm (Closed Public Holidays)
    • Thursday and Friday, 09.30am to 12.30pm (Closed Public Holidays)
  • Free 24 hour 1ml and 5ml  ‘fitpack’ vending machine is located near the gated driveway on the corner of the Primary and Community Care building, Kempsey
  • A 240L community sharps bin is next to the vending machine.
South West Rocks

South West Rocks Community Health

7-9 Steve Eggleton Drive

South West Rocks NSW 2431

Phone: 02 6562 0480

  • Fitpacks available at reception from 08.03am to 4.30pm, closed for lunch 12.30pm to 1.00pm (closed Public Holidays) 
Wauchope District Memorial Hospital

Wauchope District Memorial Hospital
High Street 
Wauchope NSW 2446

Phone 02 6585 1300

  • “fitpacks” available from the Emergency Department from 8.00am to 8.00pm 
Wauchope Community Health Centre

Wauchope Community Health Centre
High Street 
Wauchope NSW 2446

Phone 02 6580 8060

  • “fitpacks” available from reception
  • 24 hour “fitpack” vending machine on verandah (charges apply)
  • 240L community sharps disposal bin located next to vending machine on verandah