Needle and Syringe Program

Needle and Syringe Program

The Tasmanian Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is a public health initiative to minimise the spread of blood borne viruses HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C among injecting drug users and to the wider community.

The NSP operates through and in a range of different service providers. These include:

  • community health services
  • community service organisations
  • neighborhood and community houses
  • Tasmanian aboriginal health services
  • regional hospitals
  • councils
  • youth organisations
  • pharmacies.

Needle & Syringe Program Outlets

Primary NSPs

Primary NSPs provide a wide range of injecting equipment to injecting drug users, they also:

  • provide health information and education.
  • make referrals.
  • liaise with local agencies such as police, local government, health, drug treatment and welfare agencies.
  • distribute sharps disposal containers, alcohol swabs, pill filters, and sterile water for injection.
  • provide services for the appropriate disposal of used injecting equipment.

Outlets in the north west

Outlets in the south

Outlets in the north

Secondary NSPs

Secondary NSPs are programs operating within existing organisations, such as community health centres, regional hospitals and community houses. They:

  • distribute fit packs containing 1, 3 and 5ml syringes
  • may provide services for the appropriate disposal of used injecting equipment
  • make referrals.

Secondary outlets in the north

Secondary outlets in the north-west

Secondary outlets in the south

Community Pharmacy NSPs

  • provide fit packs containing 1, 3 and 5ml syringes for a fee.

Community pharmacies in the north

Community pharmacies in the south

Community pharmacies in the north west

Vending machines

  • provide fit packs containing 1, 3 and 5ml syringes for a fee.

Vending machine locations

August 2015