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 year 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.
A site at 13 Queen St Fremantle is also available, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 12pm -3pm. The site is next to Citizens Advice Bureau.
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.