Needle and syringe programs (NSPs) are a public health measure that aim to reduce the transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C by providing sterile injecting equipment to injecting drug users.
Consumer information on HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C is available from Healthy WA.
NSPs can also provide:
- health and safer injecting information
- referrals to drug treatment, blood-borne virus testing and treatment
- referrals to legal and social services.
To operate an NSP, government and non-government organisations require an NSP approval under the Poisons Act 1964 (external site) and Poisons Regulations 1965 (external site).
Read how to obtain an NSP approval.
NSP operational and administrative information is available here:
Needle and syringe program e-newsletter – NSP News
The Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program (SHBBVP) produces a bi-annual e-newsletter aimed at educating and updating the needle and syringe program workforce across WA. Sign up to receive NSP News by emailing the Needle and Syringe Program or view previous editions.
How to order NSP printed resources
Government and non-government agencies may order NSP printed resources free of charge. To order resources, please visit the online publication ordering system (external site).
For more information contact:
Senior Program Officer (NSP)
Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program
Department of Health, Western Australia
PO Box 8172
PERTH BUSINESS CENTRE WA 6849
Phone: 9388 4841