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Where to find needle and syringe programs in WA

Needle and syringe programs (NSPs) can be found across metropolitan and regional Western Australia.

All NSPs must supply a safe disposal container with any needles and syringes they provide. They also offer health education and can refer people to drug treatment services.

WA Substance User's Association

The WA Substance Users’ Association (WASUA) is a peer-based organisation which primarily provides fixed-site needle and syringe exchange programs (NSEP) in Perth and Bunbury as well as a mobile service in the south west.

These NSEPs also provide facilities for the safe disposal of used injecting equipment. Provision of needles, syringes, barrels and tips is free on exchange or at a low cost without equipment to exchange.

Other services include:

  • a health clinic for blood-borne virus (HIVhepatitis B and hepatitis C) and sexually transmitted infection testing
  • hepatitis A and B vaccinations
  • outreach services
  • peer education on safer drug use and hepatitis C
  • referral to health and drug treatment services for people who inject drugs
  • training and education for health professionals and community groups.

Visit the WASUA website (external site) for more information on its services.

Fixed site needle and syringe exchange

Perth

  • Suite 22, 7 Aberdeen Street, Perth 6000
  • Phone: 9325 8387
  • Hours:
    • Monday to Wednesday, 10.00am – 5.00pm
    • Thursday and Friday, 10.00am – 8.00pm
    • Saturday and Sunday, 11.00am – 4.00pm

Health clinic

  • Hours:
    • Tuesday and Thursday, 10.30am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Bunbury

  • 97 Spencer Street, (entry via Rose Street), Bunbury
  • Phone: 9791 6699
  • Hours:
    • Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 3.00pm

Mobile needle and syringe exchange – south west WA

Please phone 9791 6699 for latest schedule of sites.

Table 1: WASUA south west mobile needle and syringe exchange – Tuesday locations
Time Suburb Location
3.00pm – 4.00pm Margaret River Margaret River Hospital car park
5.00pm – 7.00pm Busselton Busselton Hospital car park

Table 2: WASUA south west mobile needle and syringe exchange – Wednesday locations
Time Suburb Location
1.00pm – 2.00pm
Harvey
Harvey Hospital car park
3.00pm – 4.00pm
Collie
Collie Hospital car park

Table 3: WASUA south west mobile needle and syringe exchange – Thursday locations
Time Suburb Location
2.00pm – 3.00pm Manjimup Warren District Hospital car park
WA AIDS Council

The WA AIDS Council (WAAC) provides a needle and syringe exchange program (NSEP) that distributes equipment and information on safer sexual and injecting practices at:

  • mobile sites in the metropolitan and outer metropolitan area
  • fixed sites in Fremantle and West Perth.

These NSEPs also provide facilities for the safe disposal of used injecting equipment. Provision of needles, syringes, barrels and tips is free on exchange or at a low cost without equipment to exchange.

WAAC also provides a number of services to enhance the quality of life of people living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS, including:

  • education
  • counselling
  • advocacy
  • support
  • care services.

For more information on its services visit the WAAC website (external site).

Fixed site needle and syringe exchange

West Perth

  • 664 Murray Street, West Perth
  • Phone: 9482 0000
  • Hours:
    • Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 4.45pm

Fremantle

  • Queens Square, corner of High St and Parry St, Fremantle
  • Phone: 0417 093 537
  • Hours: Monday 4.00pm to 6.00pm and Wednesday 11.00am to 2.00pm

Mobile needle and syringe exchange – metropolitan Perth

When temperatures reach 37 °C and above these sites may not operate. Please ring 0417 093 537 to check services.

Table 4: WAAC Mobile needle and syringe exchange – Monday locations
Time Suburb Location
1.00pm – 3.00pm Rockingham Rockingham Hospital, dental car park, Elanora Drive
Table 5: WAAC mobile needle and syringe exchange – Tuesday locations
Time Suburb Location
12.00am – 2.30pm Mirrabooka Herb Graham Recreation Centre, Chesterfield Road
3.30pm – 6.00pm Joondalup Boas Avenue council offices car park
Table 6: WAAC mobile needle and syringe exchange – Thursday locations
Time Suburb Location
1.00pm – 3.00pm Forrestfield Hartfield Park, side car park of recreation centre, off Hale Road
4.00pm – 6.00pm Midland St Brigids Place cul-de-sac, enter via Great Northern Hwy
Table 7: WAAC mobile needle and syringe exchange – Friday locations
Time Suburb Location
1.00pm – 3.00pm Armadale Gwynne Park, cnr 7th Ave and Forrest Rd, recreation centre car park
4.00pm – 6.00pm Gosnells Lissiman Street, near markets, in car park near railway

Please note there are no services on public holidays.

HepatitisWA

HepatitisWA has a needle and syringe program (NSP) which offers free injecting equipment to clients. This service is based in Northbridge, Perth and is available Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.30pm.

HepatitisWA also provides:

  • confidential telephone information and support for those affected with, and affected by, viral hepatitis
  • public meetings and community education
  • client advocacy
  • individual counselling
  • library services and educational resources for professionals and the community
  • training and education for health professionals and community groups.

Visit HepatitisWA (external site) for more information on its services.

Fixed site needle and syringe exchange

  • 134 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge
  • Phone: 9328 8538 (or 1800 800 070 from country areas)
  • Hours:
    • Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 4.30pm
Goldfields Population Health

Goldfields Population Health is based in Kalgoorlie and offers a range of injecting equipment (variety of barrels, tips, butterflies, filters, etc) as well as a disposal service for used equipment.

Fixed site needle and syringe exchange – Goldfields WA

  • Rear of Population Health Building, 36-42 Ware Street, South Kalgoorlie (entrance via Hopetoun Street)
  • Phone: (08) 9080 8200
  • Hours:
    • Monday 1:00pm – 4:00pm
    • Thursday 9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Friday 9:00pm – 4:00pm
Midwest Community Alcohol and Drug Service

The Midwest Community Alcohol and Drug Service (MCADS) is based in Geraldton and offers a range of injecting equipment (variety of barrels, tips, butterflies, filters, etc.) as well as a disposal service for used equipment.

Fixed site needle and syringe exchange – Midwest WA

  • Community Health Building, 51-85 Shenton Street, Geraldton
  • Phone: 9956 2424
  • Hours:
    • Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 4.30pm
Palmerston Mandurah

Palmerston Mandurah is based at the South Metropolitan Community Drug Service and offers a range of equipment on a one-for-one exchange basis or for a minimal cost.

Fixed site needle and syringe exchange

  • 22 Tuckey Street, Mandurah
  • Phone: 9581 4010
  • Hours:
    • Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 3.00pm

Visit Palmerston website (external site) for more information its services.

Pharmacies

Many pharmacies throughout Western Australia sell needles and syringes in packs. Pharmacies do not accept or exchange used equipment.

Many pharmacies are open for extended trading hours. You may want to check your local pharmacy opening hours and if they sell needles and syringes.

There is only one 24-hour pharmacy in the Perth metropolitan area which sells needle and syringes:

Beaufort St 24 Hour Pharmacy

  • 647 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley
  • Phone: 9328 7775
Regional hospitals and health services

All regional hospitals and health services with an accident and emergency department are required by a WA Health operational directive (external site) to distribute injecting equipment through their accident and emergency department outside of the hours the local pharmacy is open.

Needle and syringe vending machines

Needle and syringe vending machines (NSVMs) operate at some hospital sites in WA, and provide access to sterile needles and syringes for a small charge.

NSVMs are located at Nickol Bay, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Busselton and Manjimup Hospitals.

Maps of NSPs across WA and by region

Where to get help

If you need more information about where to access NSPs, contact the Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program on 9388 4841 or send an email.


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