Needle and Syringe Program – NSP: Secondary (Directions Health Services)

Needle and Syringe Programs (NSPs) are a public health measure, consistent with ACT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Strategy and the National Drug Strategy’s harm minimisation framework, to reduce the spread of infections such as HIV and hepatitis C among people who inject drugs. They provide a range of services that include provision of sterile injecting equipment, education on safe injecting practices, health information, and referral to drug treatment, medical care and legal and social services. The injecting equipment provided includes needles and syringes, swabs, vials of sterile water, winged infusion sets, pill filters and ‘sharps bins’ for the safe disposal of used needles and syringes.

Source: Dolan, K. MacDonald, M., Silins, E. & Topp, L. 2005. Needle and syringe programs: A review of the evidence. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Secondary NSPs

Secondary NSPs operate within an existing health or community service and may provide the same range of services as primary NSPs but typically have a limited capacity to deliver services in addition to injecting equipment and disposal facilities.

Source: Commonwealth of Australia. 2010. National Needle and Syringe Program National Strategic Framework 2010 – 2014. Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.

Secondary NSPs in the ACT only distribute 4 & 8 packs (sterile needle, syringes, water, spoons, cotton wool and disposal containers), condoms and a variety of different sized sharps disposal containers. They do not provide the additional specialised equipment available through primary NSPs.

Phone: (02) 6132 4800
Fax: (02) 6132 4801
Email address:
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Location: Woden
Parent organisation: Directions Health Services

Access Information

List if the services providing Secondary NSP, location and operating hours

AIDS Action Council ACT (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday)
Westlund House, 16 Gordon St, Acton ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6257 2855

Alcohol and Drug Services, Health Directorate (9am- 5pm, Monday – Friday)
Level 1, 1 Moore S, Canberra City ACT 2600
Ph: (02) 6207 9977

Belconnen Health Centre (8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday)
76 Lathlain St, Belconnen ACT 2617
Ph: (02) 6284 6222

Hepatitis ACT (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday)
36 David St, Turner ACT 2612
Ph: (02) 6230 6344

Phillip Health Centre (8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday)
Cnr Corrina & Keltie St, Woden ACT 2606
Ph: (02) 6208 9977

Tuggeranong Health Centre (8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday)
Cnr Anketall & Pittman St, Tuggeranong ACT 2900
Ph: (02) 6207 9977

Gungahlin Health Centre (8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday)
43 Hibberson St, Gungahlin ACT 2912
Ph: (02) 6255 0888

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Centre (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday)
63 Boolimba Cr, Narrabundah ACT 2604
Ph: (02) 6284 6222

Other Information

Needle and Syringe – Collection and Disposal


If you find a needle or syringe (also called a sharp) in a public place or on your private property, do NOT attempt to move it yourself. Do not touch it and, if possible, stand guard, or mark the area with a hazard sign, particularly if there are children around. Immediately call Access Canberra Contact Centre on 13 22 81 (press #1) to provide accurate information on the location of the item. A City Ranger from ACT Government Territory and Municipal Services will come and pick it up as soon as possible.


Transport Canberra and City Services provide sharps disposal containers in all public toilets in urban open space. Sharps containers containing used syringes can be dropped off at the following locations:

Via primary Needle and Syringe Programs

City Health Centre outside the ground floor entrance, to the right of the main door – Corner of Alinga and Moore Streets, Canberra City. Phone: (02) 6143 5800

Phillip Health Centre at the back of the building, opposite Lovett (formerly MLC) Tower – Corner of Keltie and Corinna Streets, Woden. Phone: (02) 6132 4900

Via Emergency Disposal (domestic only) through recycling and waste facilities

Click here for further information relating to the collection and disposal of needle and syringes in the ACT.

Source: Access Canberra, 2017, Needle and syringe collection and disposal, ACT Government

Last Updated on October 2017

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