Needle Exchange

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Find the WAAC Van on Facebook for regular updates and information. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Fremantle Fixed Location is CLOSED, pending relocation. A new location will be confirmed asap.
A van service is operating in Queens Square on the corner of Parry Street and High Street during this time. 

The WA AIDS Council (WAAC) Needle and Syringe Exchange Program provides services to people who inject drugs across Perth. The Needle Exchange service operates from a mobile needle van in the suburbs of: Armadale, Fremantle, Forrestfield, Gosnells, Joondalup,  Midland, Mirrabooka and Rockingham. There is also a fixed Needle Exchange site at the WA AIDS Council (WAAC) in West Perth. Services include the 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 years 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%). 

Please see the timetable below for the times and whereabouts of the WAAC Needle Van. 

NSEP Timetable June 2017

Please see below for the items available for exchange or purchase from the mobile needle van or the fixed needle exchange sites. 

ITEMS AVAILABLE & PRICE LIST 
1ml Needles
(Ultrafine 29g, Terumo 29g, 27g)
Free on exchange OR
25c each OR
$25 for box of 100
Sterile Water (10ml) 60c
0.5ml Needles (Ultrafine 30g) Free on exchange OR 25c Tourniquets 
- Multi-coloured
- Single coloured

$11.00

$2.00
Injecting Needles / Drawing Up Tips 
(18g, 19g, 21g, 22g, 23g, 25g, 26g, 27g)
Free on exchange OR 10c Hirudoid (anti bruising cream)  $4.50
Barrels
- Syringes 3ml, 5ml, 10ml
- Syringes 20ml, 50ml 

Free on exchange OR 25c
Free on exchange OR 50c
Wheel Filters 
(0.2 micron, 0.8 micron)
$1.00
Infusions / Butterflies  25c on exchange OR 50c Sterifits 30c 
Cotton Wool Ball (5pc) Free Swabs
- Extra: 2 Swabs
- Extra: 1 Box
FREE with your order
5c
$4.00 
Safe Disposal Buckets & Tubes Free Spoons  20c

 

 

Our Mission

To minimise the impact and further transmission of HIV, other blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. To reduce social, legal and policy barriers which prevent access to health information and effective support and prevention services.