Provision of Sterile Needles and Syringes from Rural and Regional Hospitals to People Who Inject Drugs

Applicable to: Public Health Units, Public Hospitals, Non-Government Organisations

Description: This operational directive provides guidance to needle and syringe program health sites which fall under the mandate, as a means to provide access to sterile needles and syringes and support safer injecting practices in rural and regional areas. The intended health outcome is the prevention of blood-borne virus transmission and other injecting-related harms in rural and regional areas.

Provision of Sterile Needles and Syringes from Rural and Regional Hospitals to People Who Inject Drugs

This Operational Directive must be read in conjunction with the Guidelines for Establishment and Operation of a Needle and Syringe Program (the Guidelines), which forms Appendix 1.

This Operational Directive provides guidance to needle and syringe program health sites which fall under this mandate, as a means to provide access to sterile needles and syringes and support safer injecting practices in rural and regional areas.  The intended health outcome is the prevention of blood-borne virus transmission and other injecting-related harms in rural and regional areas.


Professor Bryant Stokes
A/DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA

Date of effect: 04 August 2014 to 04 August 2019

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