Needle & Syringe - Sunshine Coast
QuIHN’s Harm Reduction and Health Promotion services offer a range of programs and activities aimed at reducing HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) among People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) and those at risk of injecting drug use.
Such services include:
- Needle and Syringe Program (NSP)
- Education, training and workforce development for health care and other human services
- Education programs and information provision for people who inject drugs and those at risk of injecting
- Non clinical counselling and a range of support groups
- Health Promotion interventions and events promoting awareness around relevant issues i.e. World AIDS Day
- A range of high quality printed & electronic resources
- General welfare support
Needle and Syringe Programs (NSP's) are part of Australia’s National Drug Strategy, based on the philosophy of harm minimisation. QuIHN provides NSP’s from its Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast offices. QuIHN’s NSP's provide sterile injecting equipment and disposal options, referral to health services and information and education aimed at reducing blood borne virus transmission.
NSP is the acronym for Needle and Syringe Programs, which are often referred to in the media and other areas as needle ‘exchange’.
Some important points about NSP's include:
- NSP's do not give out drugs or encourage people to inject drugs.
- Many pharmacies also distribute needles to people who inject drugs by selling them as part of their normal business.
- NSP's are an important part of Australia’s National Drug Strategy, based on the philosophy of harm minimisation
- NSP's are supported by all major political parties in Australia. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) strongly support NSPs. All state and territory police departments also support NSPs.
- NSP's have been extensively researched for their effectiveness and have been shown to be one of the most cost-effective interventions when compared with other public health interventions.
Economic estimates have shown that for every $1 dollar spent on Needle and Syringe Programs (NSP's) saves the community $27, including the business sector through prevented lost productivity (NCHECR (2009) ‘Return on Investment 2: Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of NSP’s in Australia”, Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra).
QuIHN provides four primary NSP's across Queensland from the Gold Coast (Burleigh and Southport), Brisbane and Sunshine Coast which have specifically been established to reduce harms from drug injection – including referrals to drug treatment. QuIHN’s NSPs are part of a comprehensive suite of programs.
QuIHN’s NSP's also include services to collect used needles to reduce risks associated with inappropriately disposed injecting equipment. QuIHN’s NSP's supply sterile injecting equipment while incorporating health promotion strategies aimed at improving the health of injecting drug users and reducing risk behaviours associated with injecting drugs. The most significant public health risk associated with injecting drug use is the transmission of blood-borne viral infections (HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C) through the sharing of needles, syringes and other injecting equipment.
The aim of the NSP's is to reduce the spread of blood borne viral infections among injecting drug users, and thereby the general community. QuIHN’s NSP's also seek to reduce other injecting related injury and diseases and provide an important link to drug treatment referral and access, where appropriate.
Needle & Syringe Sunshine Coast
59 Sixth Ave
(07) 5443 9576
Mon - Fri 9:00am - 7:00pm
Street parking available
Use the front door
Services offered from this site include:
- Access to sterile injecting equipment for people who inject drugs
- Promotion of safe disposal of used injecting equipment by distribution of disposal units and education about safe and legal disposal
- Confidential access to resources that are intended to reduce the risk of transmission of blood borne viral infections, other injecting related injury, illness and diseases and other issues relevant to people who inject drugs
- Health promotion interventions and education activities
- Referral to other drug treatment programs and health & welfare agencies
- Non-clinical counselling, information and support
- Limited welfare assistance (food & clothing)
QuIHN’s Sunshine Coast NSP also runs a range of other activities, from time to time. Please contact QuIHN Sunshine Coast NSP for more information.