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Needle Exchange

PLEASE NOTE: The Fremantle Fixed Location is CLOSED, pending relocation. A new location will be confirmed asap. A van service will operate in Fremantle during this time in Queens Square on the corner of Parry Street and High Street. See map of site and times at the bottom of this page.  

The WA AIDS Council NSEP (Needle and Syringe Exchange) provides services to people who inject drugs, including provision of needle & syringe units, barrels and tips free on exchange, or at low cost, as well as the safe disposal of used injecting equipment. We also provide safer sex equipment, user-friendly advice, information and referral services.

Sharing a used needle or other injecting equipment is, unfortunately, one of the most effective methods of transmitting blood borne viruses. Australian needle and syringe programs have prevented thousands of cases of infection among people who inject drugs and, in turn, have protected the rest of the community.

In 2009, the Australian Government Department of Health and Aging published the Return on Investment in Needle and Syringe Programs in Australia study and found that an investment of $12.9m in the funding of NSPs in Western Australia from years 2000-2009 has resulted in a saving of $124m in healthcare costs, with more than 19,000 Disability Adjusted Life Years saved with a net financial saving of $111m.

The lifetime net present value of investment in NSPs that took account of all healthcare costs and savings (but not costs associated with productivity losses) would be $5.63bn ($1.97bn discounted at 3%). 

NSEP services are available five days a week (closed on weekends and public holidays) at our premises at 664 Murray Street, West Perth, between 9am and 4:30pm.

Mobile Van

A mobile van services 7 locations in the metropolitan area five days a week (closed on Sundays and Public Holidays) Please call 0417 093 537 for more information or see below for times and locations.

NEW Fremantle Location (Van):

Monday 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am - 2:00pm

Fremantle Van Site

 

NEW Gosnells Location (Van):

The Gosnells Needle and Syringe Exchange Van will be moving to a mobile van site in Maddington. 2 Canning Park Avenue Maddington. 
Last day of service at the current Gosnells site – Friday the 2nd of June 4pm
First day of service at the Maddington van site – Friday the 9th of June 4pm

Gosnells NSEP Location

 

NSEP Timetable May 2017

Our Mission

To minimise the impact and further transmission of HIV, other blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. To reduce social, legal and policy barriers which prevent access to health information and effective support and prevention services.