Needle & Syringe Program
Responsive User Services in Health Northern Sydney Local Health District

Injecting equipment available

RUSH carries a full range of injecting equipment, including fitpacks, needles, barrels, filters, tourniquets, water, spoons and swabs. Just drop in and we’ll give them to you on the spot.

Alternatively, our Thursday Outreach Service can deliver the equipment you need locally. Just place an order by 2pm Wednesday afternoon and we’ll deliver your order on the Thursday of that week.

Need a quick reference to what equipment is available? Take a look at our handy Injecting Equipment guide.

New sizes of needle in stock: 

We now have 23g x 1" (0.6 x 25mm) needles (blue).  

We now have 30g x 1/2" (0.3 x 13mm) needles available. These are the smallest needles that we offer, if there is sufficient demand we'll make them a standard stock item.

The coloured Unisharp 1ml syringes are now in stock at Brookvale and RNS. Available in 2 needle sizes; 27g & 29g.

Safe disposal

Safe disposal of injecting equipment isn’t just about protecting yourself, it’s about protecting your friends, family and the community. We’re not just talking needles, either – swabs, tourniquets and even water should be disposed of responsibly. Remember, once it’s been opened, it’s no longer sterile.

RUSH takes any used equipment for disposal. We also offer a range of  disposal containers.

Whether it's for yourself or you want to provide disposal facilities for others, you’ll find more information on our Safe Disposal page.

Needle clean-up

If you’ve found a used syringe, we don’t recommend trying to dispose of it yourself. Call us on 9388 5110 or 0412 266 226 or the NSW Needle Clean Up Hotline on 1800 633 353 (1800 NEEDLE).

If it’s vital that you deal with found equipment immediately, be sure to read our safe handling guide first.

Support services

As well as providing clean injecting equipment, RUSH offers advice, education, support and counselling services free of charge. We also provide referrals to various other medical and community social services. So if there’s anything you need help with, let us know – chances are we can either help you directly, or put you in touch with someone who can.

Of course, in the case of an overdose or any other situation requiring immediate attention, call an ambulance or visit your local hospital’s Emergency Department as soon as possible.

All the services we provide are anonymous and confidential.

Get in touch, or just drop in.

Northern Beaches

612-624 Pittwater Road, Brookvale. Brookvale Community Health Centre (Opposite Warringah Mall)

 

 

 

We are open 9am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday. 

 

COVID-19: If you have symptoms, get tested at a COVID-19 clinic. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore/ scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell. Self-isolate until you get your results.

If you need advice or have questions, call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

See www.health.nsw.gov.au/coronavirus for up to date information on COVID-19. 

North Shore

2C Herbert Street, St Leonards. Royal North Shore Community Health Centre.
Located next to the Opiate Treatment Program.

 

We are open 9am to 5pm  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday (and some Thursdays)

Please note: days and hours are subject to change, so to avoid disappointment please call to check we will be open.

9388 5110 (Brookvale) or 9462 9040 (St Leonards).

Where can I get a clean fit?

Locations (click to expand)

  • Brookvale RUSH/ aka Beaches NSP

    612-624 Pittwater Road , Brookvale, 9388 5110

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9am - 5pm.

    Full range of equipment available

    24/7 Vending machines on site – No charge per fitpack.

    We now have the coloured Unisharp 1ml syringes in stock, 27g & 29g needles.

    On site DBS ( Dry Blood Spot Testing) for Hep C and HIV is available at Brookvale NSP on Wed 21/10/20 & Wed 4/11/20. Please call for information.  You can still pick up a DBS kit and do the test at home.

     

    Please call on 9388 5110 for any enquiries on opening hours.

  • RNS RUSH Community Health Centre

    2c Herbert Street , St Leonards, 9462 9040.

    9am to 5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday. (& some Thursdays, call to confirm)

    Full range of equipment available

    Two vending machines on site – No charge per fitpack.

    We now have the Unisharp coloured syringes in stock. Available with 27g and 29g needles.

    We now have 30g needles available. 

  • Brooklyn Community Health Centre

    Cnr of Brooklyn Rd & Dangar Rd, Brooklyn, 9985 7717

    Mon- Fri 9am to 5pm

    Fitpacks and steroid packs available.
    No vending machine.

  • Berowra Community Health Centre

    123 Berowra Waters Road, Berowra, 9456 3344

    Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm

    Vending machine on site – No charge per Fitpack. When the centre is open fitpacks are also available from reception.

    Steroid packs are now available, just ask at reception. Each pack contains 30 x 3ml syringes, 30 x 23g (blue) needles, 30 x 19g (pale yellow) drawing up needles, swabs and a disposal bin.

  • Hillview Community Health Centre

    1334 Pacific Highway, Turramurra, 9024 9000

    Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm

    Fitpacks available.
    No vending machine.

    Steroid packs are now available, just ask at reception. Each pack contains 30 x 3ml syringes, 30 x 23g (blue) needles, 30 x 19g (pale yellow) drawing up needles, swabs and a disposal bin.

  • Galston Community Health Centre

    17 Arcadia Street, Galston, 9653 2235

    Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm

    Fitpacks available.
    Vending machine on site – No charge per Fitpack.

    Steroid packs are now available, just ask at reception. Each pack contains 30 x 3ml syringes, 30 x 23g (blue) needles, 30 x 19g (pale yellow) drawing up needles, swabs and a disposal bin.

  • Hornsby Hospital Emergency Dept

    Palmerstone Road , Hornsby, 9477 9123

    24 hours / 7 days a week

    Vending machine on site – No charge per Fitpack.
    Now located on Lowe Road, Gate 4, next to Drug & Alcohol

    Free self-serve fitpack chute located within the ED. During the COVID-19 crisis access the chute via the Maternity Department entrance.

  • Mona Vale Hospital Emergency Department

    Coronation Street, Mona Vale, 9998 0333

    24 hours / 7 days a week

    Fitpacks available only.
    Vending machine on site – No charge per Fitpack.

  • Ryde Hospital Emergency Department

    Denistone Road, Eastwood, 9958 7888

    24 hours / 7 days a week

    Fitpacks available only.
    No vending machine.

  • Pennant Hills CHC

    5 Fisher Avenue, Pennant Hills, 9483 7999

    Temporarily closed - COVID-19 testing clinic

    For the next few weeks Pennant Hills Community Hills will be operating as a COVID testing clinic and it won't be possible to access fitpacks or steroid packs from reception. Fitpacks are available from Ryde Hospital ED (24hr access), fitpacks & steroid packs are available from the Hillview Community Health Centre (Turramurra).  A full range of equipement is available from our service at RNS, St Leonards.

    Fitpacks see above

    Steroid packs see above

  • SDECC

    91 Pittwater Road, Manly, 9977 0711

    Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm

    Fitpacks available only.
    No vending machine.