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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Needle syringe program (NSP)

 

Overview

Needle and syringe programs (NSPs) provide clean injecting equipment to people who inject drugs, including provision of needle and syringe packs as well as the safe disposal of used injecting equipment. NSPs can also provide education, counselling and referral services to people who inject drugs through community based programs. Services are made accessible through a range of outlets, including pharmacies and health clinics. Some programs can also provide training and support to the workforce.

NSPs are an important public health measure to reduce the risk of people sharing injecting equipment and therefore preventing the spread of blood borne viruses.

For information on where to find a NSP in your state, follow these links:

New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland

South Australia
Western Australia

Northern Territory
Tasmania
Australian Capital Territory

Abstract adapted from Department of Health

Contacts

Department of Health
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Email: enquiries@health.gov.au

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Last updated: 31 March 2016
 
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