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New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme Te Waipounamu / DISC

Mental Health & Addictions Service, Community Health

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108 Seaview Road, New Brighton, Christchurch

9:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

Description

The New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme is a nationwide programme supporting people who inject drugs by providing access to needles, syringes and other harm reduction equipment, as well as harm reduction advice, information and education to support safe injecting practice, safer drug use and improving the health and wellbeing of people who inject drugs.  

The Needle Exchange Programme is funded by Te Whatu Ora and provided by a number of regional trusts across the country. The programme consists of 21 dedicated outlets (including one mobile outlet) and is supported by around 200 participating pharmacies and alternative outlets. 

As a programme, we are committed to upholding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and to achieving equitable outcomes for our clients.

DISC TRUST: 

The Drug Injecting Services Canterbury (DISC) Trust is provider of the New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme in the South Island. We operate five needle exchange outlets across the South Island (two in Christchurch and one each in Nelson, Ashburton, Timaru, Dunedin and Invercargill) and a mobile service to the West Coast and Northland.  

We are a peer-based organisation, committed to a health and human rights-based service approach for people who use drugs. We follow a harm reduction model based on empathy and non-judgemental approach, working with people where they are at and however they understand their drug use.  

We have an established credibility and trust within the community. We provide a safe space for people who inject drugs and are an important source of information and advice. 

Staff

We are unique in as much as, all of the New Zealand Needle Exchanges are based on the concept of a peer service. This means that many of the staff and volunteers have either current or past lived experience of injecting drugs, which in turn allows you to access a service that has empathy and understanding from people who have often shared similar experiences.

Fees and Charges Categorisation

Free

Fees and Charges Description

No fees apply

Hours

108 Seaview Road, New Brighton, Christchurch

Languages Spoken

English

Programmes

Needle Exchange Programme

Needle and syringe programmes are an important harm reduction intervention. In New Zealand they are commonly known as needle exchange programmes. People who are injecting drugs can access needles, syringes and other equipment to support safe injecting practice and reduce risk of health related complications. Needle exchanges also provide for the safe disposal of used needles and syringes. We follow a harm reduction model based on empathy and a non-judgemental approach, working with people where they are at and however they understand their drug use. Injecting drug users frequently experience stigma and discrimination; this can often present a barrier to accessing services. As peers mainly staff our exchanges, we have an established credibility and trust within the community. Needle exchanges are therefore a safe space and an important source of information and advice.

Regions

MidCentral, Hawkes Bay, East Auckland, Central Lakes, Southland, West Auckland, Waikato, Hutt, Taranaki, Waitaki, Wellington, Lakes, North Auckland, Tairāwhiti, South Auckland, North Shore, Waitakere, Rodney, Dunedin - South Otago, Manukau, Papakura, Franklin, Central Auckland, Canterbury, Northland, Nelson Marlborough, West Coast, Bay of Plenty, Whanganui, Wairarapa, South Canterbury

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral

Referral Process

The needle exchange programme consists of 21 dedicated exchanges, one being a mobile exchange, and 198 pharmacies and alternative outlets.

Click here to find your nearest needle exchange outlet.

Description

Needle and syringe programmes are an important harm reduction intervention. In New Zealand they are commonly known as needle exchange programmes.

People who are injecting drugs can access needles, syringes and other equipment to support safe injecting practice and reduce risk of health related complications.

Needle exchanges also provide for the safe disposal of used needles and syringes.

We follow a harm reduction model based on empathy and a non-judgemental approach, working with people where they are at and however they understand their drug use. Injecting drug users frequently experience stigma and discrimination; this can often present a barrier to accessing services. As peers mainly staff our exchanges, we have an established credibility and trust within the community. Needle exchanges are therefore a safe space and an important source of information and advice.

Needle Exchange Service, Help & Advice

In addition to exchanging injection equipment, Needle Exchanges offer free help and advice to injecting drug users about health issues . You should bear in mind that advice or information given is not designed to replace that of health or legal professionals but is offered as a more user friendly, realistic and practical nature. Whilst none of the needle exchanges offer treatment for addiction problems they are able to give an overview of services available in various regions of the country. We can also help people find assistance that is most appropriate to them, from a range of community based services, such as detoxification and methadone through to more intensive residential based services.

Programme Areas

Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Peer support (AOD), Community / social support (AOD)

Regions

Canterbury

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

Contact us. Walkin. Website App.

Injecting and harm reduction equipment can be purchased from the NZNEP online shop at www.nznep.org.nz/shop.

Description

In addition to exchanging injection equipment, Needle Exchanges offer free help and advice to injecting drug users about health issues . You should bear in mind that advice or information given is not designed to replace that of health or legal professionals but is offered as a more user friendly, realistic and practical nature.

Whilst none of the needle exchanges offer treatment for addiction problems they are able to give an overview of services available in various regions of the country. We can also help people find assistance that is most appropriate to them, from a range of community based services, such as detoxification and methadone through to more intensive residential based services.

Hepatitis C Community Clinic

We are a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL and NON-JUDGEMENTAL service that provides Hepatitis C testing, advice, information, support, referrals and treatment. We offer hepatitis C treatment onsite which includes further screening, assessment and FibroScan (assesses liver stiffness) for those seeking treatment. People diagnosed with cirrhosis (severe liver scarring) are referred into specialist care at Christchurch Hospital. As required, staff provide outreach to AOD and other mental health services within Christchurch city.

Programme Areas

Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Community / social support (AOD)

Regions

Canterbury

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

Clients may self refer or be referred by other services or health providers.

The clinic is open to anyone who has reason to believe they have been exposed to Hepatitis C and who wish to undertake testing and/or treatment.

Description

We are a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL and NON-JUDGEMENTAL service that provides Hepatitis C testing, advice, information, support, referrals and treatment. We offer hepatitis C treatment onsite which includes further screening, assessment and FibroScan (assesses liver stiffness) for those seeking treatment. People diagnosed with cirrhosis (severe liver scarring) are referred into specialist care at Christchurch Hospital.

As required, staff provide outreach to AOD and other mental health services within Christchurch city.

Drug Checking

Free, confidencial and non judgemental Drug Checking service that is responsible for performing & overseeing licensed drug checking & harm reduction functions on behalf of the Needle Exchange Services Trust.

Programme Areas

Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Peer support (AOD), Community / social support (AOD)

Regions

Southland, Wellington, Dunedin - South Otago, Canterbury, South Canterbury

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral

Referral Process

Come into the Needle Exchanges during opening hours of the drug checking Clinics.

Description

Free, confidencial and non judgemental Drug Checking service that is responsible for performing & overseeing licensed drug checking & harm reduction functions on behalf of the Needle Exchange Services Trust.

Mobile HEPC Clinic

We are a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL and NON-JUDGEMENTAL service that provides Hepatitis C testing, advice, information, support, referrals and treatment. We offer hepatitis C treatment onsite which includes further screening, assessment and FibroScan (assesses liver stiffness) for those seeking treatment. People diagnosed with cirrhosis (severe liver scarring) are referred into specialist care. As required, staff provide outreach to AOD and other mental health services

Programme Areas

Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Community / social support (AOD)

Regions

Southland, Nelson Marlborough, West Coast, Dunedin - South Otago, Canterbury, South Canterbury

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP

Referral Process

Clients may self refer or be referred by other services or health providers.

The clinic is open to anyone who has reason to believe they have been exposed to Hepatitis C and who wish to undertake testing and/or treatment.

Description

We are a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL and NON-JUDGEMENTAL service that provides Hepatitis C testing, advice, information, support, referrals and treatment. We offer hepatitis C treatment onsite which includes further screening, assessment and FibroScan (assesses liver stiffness) for those seeking treatment. People diagnosed with cirrhosis (severe liver scarring) are referred into specialist care.

As required, staff provide outreach to AOD and other mental health services 

Disability Assistance

Wheelchair access

Additional Details

Face to face / Kanohi ki te Kanohi

Region

Southland, Nelson Marlborough, Dunedin - South Otago, Canterbury, South Canterbury

Contact Details

9:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

108 Seaview Road
New Brighton
Christchurch
Canterbury 8061

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108 Seaview Road
New Brighton
Christchurch
Canterbury 8061

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PO Box 22176
Christchurch 8140

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This page was last updated at 11:38AM on April 18, 2024. This information is reviewed and edited by New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme Te Waipounamu / DISC.