West Coast Outreach Service
The 2002 NEP (Needle Exchange Programme) Review conclusions and recommendations
emphasised the need to increase the availability andaccessibility of the NEP (coverage) in
specific areas in New Zealand one of which was the West Coast of the South Island.
In February 2004 the Ministry of Health funded a pilot programme through the
Rodger Wright Centre (RWC), to provide a Rural Outreach Needle Exchange
service to the West Coast of the South Island.
Prior to the implementation of the West Coast Service the RWC recruited 'Key Contacts'
living on the West Coast within the existing clienteleof its Christchurch Centre.
This is a free 1-4-1 service, i.e. a client must return their used harm reduction kit in order to
pick up a new harm reduction kit.
During the run, the mobile service picks up all used equipment and it is brought back for destruction.
RWC West Coast Rural Outreach workers can meet a Key Contact (person) at any meeting
place they feel most comfortable handing outHarm Reduction kits.This service also offers up
to date information and education on safer drug use and safe sex techniques, blood borneviruses
such as Hepatitis C & B and HIV, support, advice and referrals to the appropriate relevant services.
HOW THE SERVICE WORKS:
The service is for any individuals on the West Coast 16 years and over who choose to use drugs.
WHAT DOES THE SERVICE OFFER?
The service supplies free-of-charge clean needles and syringes and other drug-related
paraphernalia, condoms and lube along with peer education, drug lifestyle counselling
and individual support. Clients are also offered up-to-date information on
Hepatitis C and B and HIV/Aids and how to access support networks.
HOW DO I ACCESS THIS SERVICE?
Contact the needle exchange programme national office between the hours of 9am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Phone: (03) 366 9402
Phone/Text: 027 343 9023
Free 3ml syringes and needles are available as part of the 1-4-1 exchange programme. There is also a range of other equipment which can be purchased.
WILL ANYONE KNOW I AM ACCESSING THIS SERVICE?
The Rodger Wright Centre West Coast Outreach Service runs a discreet, confidential
and anonymous service. This means that only the Manager or the Outreach Worker
will have access to your name, address and phone number. You can give a false name
if you wish.
An unmarked white van (no signage) will visit your home or place of your choice to
deliver equipment. There is little risk of your neighbours knowing who we are.
HOW OFTEN CAN I GET EQUIPMENT?
The Rodger Wright Outreach Service visits the West Coast once a month.
For more information - email -firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph: (03) 366 9402
Ph /Text: 027 343 9023