Needle & Syringe Program (NSP)

The Ballarat Community Health Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is a public health initiative that aims to minimise the spread of blood-borne viruses and the harms associated with injecting drug use. 

 At BCH we provide a confidential and non-judgemental NSP service to members of the community wishing to access: 

  • sterile injecting equipment 
  • other safe injecting equipment such as sterile water, spoons and tourniquets 
  • fentanyl testing strips, to detect the presence of fentanyl in other drugs such as heroin 
  • safe sex products 
  • education and information 
  • disposal of used equipment 
  • naloxone  

 All NSP equipment is provided free of charge 

 The Needle and Syringe Program is available weekdays from 9:00am–5:00pm from the following BCH sites: 

  • Lucas – 12 Lilburne Street 
  • Sebastopol – 260 Vickers Street 
  • Ballarat – 28 Victoria Street 
  • Wendouree – 1042 Howitt Street 
  • Wendouree – 10 Learmonth Road 

If you have any questions regarding this service or locations nearest to you, please contact the Harm Reduction Coordinator on 5338 9164 

 A Secure Dispensing Unit (SDU) is located at the following locations: 

  • Uniting Ballarat, 105 Dana Street 
  • Ballarat Community Health Cooinda, 10 Learmonth Road, Wendouree

Please note: this service operates outside of business hours only, including weekends and public holidays. 

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