In 2015, the Australian Government Department of Health engaged the Kirby Institute to develop a Needle and Syringe Program National Minimum Data Collection (NSP NMDC) to support the National Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) Strategies 2014-2017 and to complement the annual Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS) National Data Report.
Across Australia, 49.4 million needles and syringes were distributed in 2015/16. The figures also show that over the past 10 years the number of needles and syringes distributed in Australia increased by 48 per cent, with a 31 per cent increase over the past five years.
Collated national data will enable reporting against key indicators required to monitor the success of the National HIV Strategy, the National Hepatitis C Strategy and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander BBV and STI Strategy. The release of a report that collates Australia-wide demographic characteristics of NSP attendees, the number and types of NSP services and quantifies syringe distribution represents a significant development.
To read the full report visit: https://kirby.unsw.edu.au/report/needle-syringe-program-national-minimum-data-collection-report-2016
Graphs and data adapted from:
Iversen J, Linsen S, Kwon JA, and Maher L. Needle and Syringe Program National Minimum Data Collection: National Data Report 2016. Sydney: Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia; 2017.