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. 

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

DRUG WARNING: Fentanyl and acetylfentanyl have been found in heroin in central Sydney during January 2021. We have received more recent reports of heroin containing fentanyl. This heroin may appear purple when mixing up. See monthly message for more info and link to NSW Health warning.

 

612-624 Pittwater Road, Brookvale. Brookvale Community Health Centre (Opposite Warringah Mall). Ph: 9388 5110 

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

Please note; Days & Hours are subject to change, so to avoid disappointment please call to check we will be open.

 

 Please call 93885110 for more information.

Take home DBS test also available.

 

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. Ph: 9462 9040 

Located next to the Opiate Treatment Program.

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

 

We will be closed on Tuesdays for the next couple of months.

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

Where can I get a clean fit?

Locations (click to expand)

  • Brookvale RUSH/ aka Beaches NSP

    612-624 Pittwater Road, , Brookvale.

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

    Full range of equipment available

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

    DBS take home Hepatitis C testing kits are also available.

     

    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, Wednesday & Friday.

    Full range of equipment available

    Two vending machines on site – No charge per fitpack.

    We will be closed on Tuesdays for the next couple of months.

  • 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.

    External Sharp Bin available for disposals.

  • Berowra Community Health Centre

    123 Berowra Waters Road, Berowra, 9485 7544

    Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

    Vending machine on site (24 /7) hour access – No charge per Fitpack. When the centre is open fitpacks, steroid packs and condoms are available from reception.

    External Sharp Bin available

    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

    Thur - Fri only 8:00am - 4:30pm

    Fitpacks available from reception. Please note opening hours may vary.
    No vending machine.

    External Sharp Bin available

    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 does have a vending machine for 24/7 access to fitpacks.

  • Galston Community Health Centre

    17 Arcadia Street, Galston, 9485 7599

    Mon - Fri 7:30am -4:00pm

    Vending machine on site – No charge per Fitpack. 6pks & 10Pks available.

    External Community Sharps Bin 

    When the centre is open fitpacks are also available from a self serve chute. Free condoms.


    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

    Palmerstone Road , Hornsby, 9477 9123

    24 hours / 7 days a week

    Vending machine located outside Drug & Alcohol Service,
    enter via Gate 4, Lowe Road.

    Free self-serve fitpack chute located within the ED. 

    Hornsby ED is being redeveloped in the next few months which will result in the temporary relocation or closure of the self-serve chute. 

    If the chute is inaccessible use ADM outside D&A.

  • 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.

    External Sharp Bin available for disposals.

  • Ryde Hospital Emergency Department

    Denistone Road, Eastwood, 9958 7888

    24 hours / 7 days a week

    Fitpacks available only.
    No vending machine.

    External Sharp Bin available for disposals.

  • Pennant Hills CHC

    5 Fisher Avenue, , Pennant Hills, 94857588,

    Mon- Fri 8:00am-4:30pm

    Fitpacks, steroid packs and condoms are available from reception. External Community Sharps Bin.

    Fitpacks and Steroid packs are also available from Ryde Hospital ED (24hr access),  A full range of equipement is available from our services at RNS, St Leonards and Brookvale CHC.

     

    Steroid packs: each pack contains 3ml syringes x 30, 23g/32mm needles x 30, 19g/38mm needles x 30, approx 60 alcohol swabs and a 1.4L disposal bin.

  • SDECC

    91 Pittwater Road, Manly, 9977 0711

    Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm

    Fitpacks and steroid packs available.
    No vending machine.