Many of the 355 unintentional overdose deaths that happened in Victoria in 2018 could have been prevented if there were witnesses and bystanders who carried naloxone and had been trained in how to use it.

The COPE Program

Penington Institute’s Community Overdose Prevention Education (COPE) program works with any organisation whose clients include people who use opioids and/or people who may witness an overdose.

We provide training and support to those services, allowing them to set up their own programs to train clients to prevent, recognise and respond to opioid overdose using naloxone.

The training for staff takes no more than an hour and will help you provide brief intervention training to clients in ten to fifteen minutes.

For more information on the COPE program, contact Penington Institute on 03 9650 0699 or at

Naloxone saves lives

In Victoria every year hundreds of people die from pharmaceutical or illicit drug overdose. Many of those deaths involve opioid drugs like oxycodone, morphine or heroin. Naloxone is a medicine that temporarily reverses the effects of opioid overdose, allowing a person to breathe and buying time for medical help to arrive. Naloxone is completely legal, safe and easy to use.

You can learn more about opioid overdose and naloxone below. View a list of Victorian services that provide naloxone training at the bottom of this page.

What is naloxone?

How to use injectable naloxone

How to use nasal spray naloxone

Prenoxad comes with needles but naloxone ampoules do not. If someone is accessing naloxone ampoules they need to have 3ml luer lock syringes and 23g needles. These may be available at the pharmacy or at a Needle and Syringe Program.

To find your nearest Victorian Needle and Syringe Program contact DirectLine on 1800 888 236

Preventing Overdose Factsheet

Preventing Overdose Factsheet

Overdose Response Ampoules

Overdose Response Ampoules

Information for Police

Information for Police

Example prenoxad prescription

Overdose Response Prenoxad

Overdose Response Prenoxad

Information for workers

Information for workers

Naloxone Information

Naloxone Information

Example ampoule prescription

Overdose Response Nyxoid

Overdose Response Nyxoid

Talking to Patients About Naloxone

Talking to Patients About Naloxone

Preventing overdose and using Naloxone Factsheet

Preventing overdose and using Naloxone Factsheet


Below is a list of naloxone training providers for people at risk of overdose / potential overdose witnesses. If you work at an agency and want naloxone training please contact Penington Institute on 03 9650 0699.


St Kilda
Agency: St Kilda NSP
Address: 29 Grey St, St Kilda, Vic 3182
Contact: Bec Thatcher
(03) 9536 7780

Agency: First Step
Address: 42 Carlisle St, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Contact: Patrick Lawrence
(03) 9537 3177

Agency: Star Health
Address: 10 Inkerman Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Contact: Nadja Hopin
(03) 9525 1300

South Melbourne
Agency: Star Health
Address: 341 Coventry St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Contact: Nadja Hopin
(03) 9525 1300

Agency: Star Health
Address: 240 Malvern Rd, Prahran VIC 3181
Contact: Nadja Hopin
(03) 9525 1300

South Yarra
Agency: Victorian Aids Council
Address: 6 Claremont Street, South Yarra  VIC 3141
Contact: Garth Parkhill
(03) 9865 6700

Agency: North Richmond Community Health
Address: 23 Lennox Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Contact: Thea Campbell, Matt Honey
(03) 9418 9830.

Agency: CoHealth InnerSpace
Address: 4/6 Johnston St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Contact: Paul Hamilton
(03) 9448 5530

Agency: CoHealth Healthworks
Address: 4-12 Buckley St, Footscray VIC 3011
Contact: Danny Jeffcote
(03) 9362 8100

St Albans 
Agency: IPC Health
Address: 1 Andrea St, St Albans VIC 3021
Contact: Matt Needham / Gerald Kaggwa
(03) 9296 1200

Box Hill
Agency: Carrington Health
Address: 43 Carrington Road, Box Hill 3128
Contact: Christine Tindal or Clint Westig
(03) 9890 2220

Agency:  Turning Point
Address:  43 Carrington Road, Box Hill
Contact:  Craig Payne or Jessie Corless
(03) 9483 1288

Agency: Stepping Up Consortium
Address: 60-64 Wells Street, Frankston VIC 3199
Contact: Julie Santall
0466 471 684

Agency: Monash Health
Address: 84 Foster Street, Dandenong, VIC 3175
Contact: Leanne Van
(03) 979 27630

CBD, Northern Suburbs
Agency: Youth Projects, Living Room / North West Outreach Service
Address: 7-9 Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD, VIC 3000
Contact: Tristan Duncan, Daniel Timms
(03) 9945 2100

Agency: Uniting Care Regen
Address: 26 Jessie St, Coburg VIC 3058
Contact: Ginny McKinnon
(03) 9386 2876

Agency: Your Community Health
Address: 125 Blake St, Reservoir VIC 3073
Contact: Kath O’Donnell
(03) 8470 1111

Agency: EACH
Address: 46 Warrandyte Road, Ringwood 3134
Contact: Paul Mooney or Mick Pores
(03) 98711800

State wide
Agency: Harm Reduction Victoria
Address: 28 Peel St, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Contact: Jane Dicka
(03) 9329 1500

Agency: Barwon Health
Address: 40 Little Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220
Contact: Craig Harvey
03 4215 8714

Agency: Windana
Address: 12-14 Halstead Place Geelong West 3216
03 5221 4466

Geelong West
Agency: Stepping Up Consortium Barwon
Address: 25 Gordon Avenue, Geelong West 3218
Contact: Adam Moloney
0466 517 182

Agency: Ballarat Community Health
Address: 12 Lilburne Street , Lucas , VIC 3350
Contact: Pauline Molloy
(03) 5338 4500

Agency: Uniting Ballarat
Address: 105 Dana St, Ballarat Vic 3350
Contact: Ivan Thorne
(03) 53321286

Agency: Cobaw Community Health
Address: 47 High St, Kyneton VIC 3444
Contact: Maree McCorquodale
(03) 5421 1666

Agency: Castlemaine District Community Health
Address: 13 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine, VIC 3450
Contact: Janet Lees
(03) 5479 1000

Agency: Bendigo Community Health Service
Address: 13 Helm Street Kangaroo Flat, 3555
Contact: Bart McGill
(03) 54 300 500

Agency: Bendigo Community Health Service
Address: 171 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo 3550
Contact: Bart McGill
(03) 54 300 500

Agency: Bendigo Community Health Service
Address: 3 Seymoure Street Eaglehawk, 3556
Contact: Bart McGill
(03) 54 300 500

Agency: Primary Care Connect
Address: 399 Wyndham St, Shepparton VIC 3630
Contact: Tim Griffiths
(03) 5823 3200

Agency: Central Gippsland Health Service
Address: 155 Guthridge Parade, Sale VIC 3850
Contact: Glenn Strike
(03) 5143 8800

Agency: Portland District Health
Address: Bentinck Street, Portland VIC 3305
Contact: Fiona Heenan
(03) 55210675

Agency: LaTrobe Community Health
Address: 81/87 Buckley St, Morwell VIC 3840
Contact: Roisin Ruddy
0436 85 5854

Agency: Sunaysia Community Health Service
Address: 137 Thirteenth St, Mildura VIC 3500
Contact: Kevin O’Neill
(03) 5021 7644

Agency: Gateway Health
Address: 45-47 Mackay Street Wangaratta VIC 3677
Contact: Ray Stephens
0438 087 201

Agency: Gateway Health
Address: 155 High Street Wodonga VIC 3690
Contact: Ray Stephens
0438 087 201

New South Wales

Agency: Uniting Medically Supervised injecting Centre
Address: 66 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross NSW 2011
Contact: Will Wood
(02) 9360 1191

Agency: NUAA (NSW Users and AIDS Association)
Address: level 5, 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills.
NSP address: 345 Crown St, Surry Hills
(02) 8354 7300
1800 644 413 (free call)
For regional NSW call Andy 0433360768

Agency: KRC South
Address: The Sutherland Hospital,
430 Kingsway, Caringbah NSW 2229
Contact name:  Virginia McMahon
(02) 9522 1046

Agency name: South Court Primary Care Centre
Address: Court Building, Nepean Hospital,
Derby St, Kingswood, 2747, NSW
Contact: Julie Page
Phone: 02 4734 3996 / 0438417228
Provides free naloxone


Agency: CAHMA (Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy)
Address: 15 NorthPoint Plaza, Chandler Street,
Belconnen, ACT 2617
Contact: David Baxter
(02) 6279 1670


Agency: QuIHN
Address: 1 Hamilton Place Bowen Hills Qld 4006.
(07) 3620 8111

Agency: Biala Needle and Syringe Program
Address: Biala Community Health Centre, 270 Roma Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Contact: Kathy Griffiths
(07) 38375614

Gold Coast
Agency: QuIHN
Address: Shop 12/89-99 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
(07) 5520 7900

Sunshine Coast
Agency: QuIHN
Address: 59 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree Qld 4558
(07) 5443 9576

Agency: QuIHN
Address: 47 Thuringowa Drive, KIRWAN, Qld 4817
0437 789 894

Agency: ATODS
Address: 8 Aplin Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
Gulliver Welch or Jane Nagano
(07) 4226 3900

Burleigh Heads   
Agency: QuIHN
Address and postcode: 12/89-99 west Burleigh road Burleigh heads, Qld 4220
Contact name: Tegan Nuckey, Kate Weldon
(07) 55207900

Agency: Alcohol and Other Drugs Service Rockhampton (Opioid Treatment Program clients)
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Address: 156 Bolsover Street, Ground Floor, Rockhampton QLD 4700
Contact: Cory Dern
(07) 4920 5550 OR 0417 786 291

Agency: Caboolture NSP
Address: Caboolture Community Health Centre, McKean Street, CABOOLTURE QLD 4510
Contact: Tracy
07 5433 8300

Agency: Redcliffe NSP
Address: Redcliffe Community Health Centre, 181 Anzac Avenue, KIPPA RING QLD 4021
Contact: Brian
07 3897 6330

Cotton Tree
Agency: Queensland Injectors healthy Network
Address and postcode: 59 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree
Contact name: Alanna Mendels
Contact number: 07 54439576


Agency: Peer Based Harm Reduction WA
PO Box 8003 Perth WA 6849
Contact: Ruth Wernham
Provides free naloxone


Agency: Hepatitis SA
Clean Needle Program, Peer Project
Contact: Carol Holly
(08) 8362 8443

Multiple locations below. Ring for times.

3 Hackney Road SA 5069

Noarlunga Health Precinct, Alexander Kelly Drive SA 5168

Port Adelaide/Watto Purrunna 
Port Adelaide Health Service , Cnr Church and Dale St

6 Church Street, Salisbury SA 5108

Nunkuwarrin Yunti
182-190 Wakefield Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Uniting Communities
16 Pitt Street, Adelaide SA 5000

DASSA Central Services
91 Magill Road, Stepney SA 5069

Aboriginal Community Connect/Kurlana Tampawardli
45-47 Tapleys Hill Road, Hendon SA 5014

Drug Arm
249 Diagonal Road, Warradale SA 5046

Northern DASSA
22 Langford Drive, Elizabeth SA 5112


Agency: NTAHC (Northern Territory Aids and Hepatitis Council)
Address: 46 Woods Street, DARWIN NT 0800
PO BOX 2826 DARWIN NT 0801
Contact: Shayne Kilford
(08) 8944 7777

Alice Springs
Agency: NTAHC (Northern Territory Aids and Hepatitis Council)
Address: Shop 3 Reg Harris Lane, Todd Mall, Alice Springs, NT 0870
(08) 8953 3172

Agency: NTAHC (Northern Territory Aids and Hepatitis Council)
Address: Palmerston Health Precinct, Cnr Temple Terrace & Roystonea Ave, PALMERSTON NT 0830
(08) 8931 3676