The NSW Needle and Syringe Program Guidelines 2013 provide guidance for the delivery of the Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) in NSW. The guidelines set out the key principles as well as the roles and responsibilities of health services in order to meet the aim and objective of the NSP in NSW.
The guidelines provide local health districts and agencies involved in the delivery of NSP services with the framework within which detailed operational guidelines appropriate to their own setting can be established.
Local health districts are required to implement the NSW Needle and Syringe Program.
Agencies involved in delivering NSP services must develop, implement and evaluate local operational procedures that are consistent with the aim of the guidelines. Health services are expected to have local policies and detailed operational guidelines and/or procedures appropriate to their own settings.
NSP services are also expected to regularly evaluate the effectiveness of their programs against specific accountability measures and key performance indicators as set out by the NSW Ministry of Health.
Local health districts are responsible for establishing and maintaining local arrangements for the implementation of this policy, which includes the provision of the NSP through non-government organisations.