Harm Reduction

Respectful, confidential support.


What we provide:

Our services are:

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

Needle and Syringe Program

In July 2019, the Needle and Syringe Program (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.

The NRCH NSP is a free, confidential service that provides sterile injecting equipment with information, education and advice to people who inject drugs. The aim of the NSP is to precent the spread of blood borne viruses like HIV and hepatitis C and hepatitis B. 

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 NSP. NRCH 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 a syringe in a street or park or want someone to pick up a syringe from your property, you can request syringe management services online or by calling the council on 9205 5555. More information can be found here.

For more information about who to contact in regard to community health, safety and wellbeing in North Richmond, please visit here.

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.

Key information

How to access our services

NSP location


North Richmond Community Health 23 Lennox St Richmond, VIC 3121

Please enter the new building via Lennox St (see map above).

You do not need an appointment.

(03) 9418 9830

Opening Hours:

Monday 9am – 7pm
Tuesday 9am – 7pm
Wednesday 9am – 7pm
Thursday 9am – 7pm
Friday 9am – 7pm
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