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Alcohol and Other Drugs

Respectful, confidential support.


What we provide
Needle and Syringe Program
Collect discarded syringes
Educational Resources


What we provide:

  • a Needle and Syringe Program
  • a drug outreach program
  • naloxone training
  • overdose response training
  • sex education
  • nursing services.

Our services are:

  • free
  • confidential
  • respectful
  • available in languages other than English.


The Outreach team engages with people about their drug use. Our team gives people information about safer drug use, safe sex and the safe disposal of used injecting equipment. We are also available to help with community education, advocacy, support and referrals to other agencies.

Needle and Syringe Program

The Needle and Syringe Program is a free and confidential needle-exchange service for people who inject drugs. We exist to help prevent the spread of blood-borne viruses like HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

In July 2019, the NSP co-located to a new facility with the medically supervised injecting room. The NSP is separate to North Richmond Community Health’s main building allowing people to walk in and get equipment in a purpose-built, confidential space.

Our staff are also on hand to give information and connect people with health, housing and other support services when needed. You can also dispose of used equipment safely at the needle-exchange. North Richmond Community Health does not deliver injecting equipment. Innerspace’s Mobile NSP Outreach service delivers equipment in a number of Melbourne suburbs in the evenings.

Medically Supervised Injecting Room

North Richmond Community Health also runs a medically supervised injecting room.

Collect discarded syringes

If you find discarded injecting equipment around North Richmond Community Health during business hours, please contact our reception. We will collect it.

Anyone who sees a discarded syringe in the City of Yarra can call Yarra City Council’s syringe disposal hotline on 9417 5125 – just leave a message with the location of the syringe. It will be collected within 24 hours. You can also contact cohealth’s Yarra syringe disposal team by email: yarrasyringe.disposal@cohealth.org.au.

Educational resources

The educational resources below are made by our Alcohol and Other Drugs program to improve our clients’ awareness and knowledge around safer drug use, disease and disposal of used injecting equipment They have been created in consultation with our diverse North Richmond client group.

At the Crossroads: Hepatitis C comic

Naloxone Training: brochure

Going in the groin: A guide to femoral injecting

Deep vein thrombosis and cellulitis: brochure

Vein care: A guide to looking after you veins: brochure

Endocarditis: brochure

How to use a wheel filter: brochure

A guide to injecting Unisom: brochure



Telephone and on-site interpreters can be arranged in any language at no cost to you.


North Richmond Community Health’s Alcohol and Other Drugs service is supported by the Victorian Government.

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