Alcohol & Drugs

We’re here to help to reduce the harms associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs by providing a range of relevant support services.

We work with our clients in a supportive and non-judgemental way, whether their interest is to be more informed about drug use, be able to use in a safer manner or to get support to reduce or stop use.

Needle & Syringe Program

Through our Needle & Syringe Program (NSP), we provide FREE sterile injecting equipment and health promotion services to people who inject drugs. This helps reduce the transmission of blood borne viruses such HIV and Hep C and other related injecting related risks.

Our NSPs provide the following:

  • FREE sterile injecting equipment
  • Disposal of used equipment
  • Access to advice, support and relevant health information (e.g. HIV, Hep C, Safer practices)
  • Referral to internal and external services
  • Access to condoms

Our NSPs are located at our offices in Sydney, Newcastle and Lismore .

Substance Support Service


We provide confidential FREE short term counselling (up to 12 sessions) for LGBTI people and people with HIV seeking support in relation to their use of alcohol and other drugs.

Counsellors work from a harm reduction approach to assist clients in their goals to manage use, reduce or quit.

To access this service, you will need to undergo a brief assessment in person or over the phone.

For more information or to undertake a brief assessment, please contact our Sydney office on (02) 9206 2000 or to enquire about making an appointment click here


St Vincent’s S-Check

The highly successful S-Check service for people who use stimulants is available at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. S Check is a LGBTI inclusive service for people who use stimulants such as cocaine, methamphetamine or ecstasy and want to have a chat with a healthcare professional about how this might affect your health or wellbeing.

S-Check isn’t a rehab service, it’s more like a visit to a GP who knows about stimulants and can give you tailored advice. It’s easy, confidential and judgement free.

To inquire about making an appointment click here: click here.

For more information visit: or contact the team at St Vincent’s on (02) 9361 8078


ACON Rovers

The ACON Rovers are teams of specially trained volunteers who provide health promotion services at LGBTI events.

Each ACON Rover is trained, supervised and equipped to:

  • Help patrons who require medical assistance to easily access onsite services
  • Provide harm reduction services to patrons (e.g. provide water, encourage people to take breaks and cool down, provide accurate alcohol and drug information)
  • Provide party information to patrons (e.g. directions, lost property, show times, DJ info)
  • Help patrons easily access party basics (e.g. band aids, ear plugs sunscreen)
  • ACON Rovers are not security and are only concerned with people’s health.

Book the ACON Rovers

Having the ACON Rovers on site is a great way for event organisers to demonstrate their concern for the health and wellbeing of their patrons.

ACON Rovers can attend parties and we tailor the service to the specific needs of each event. We’re also able to provide advice on issues relating to alcohol, drugs, harm reduction and health promotion.

For more information or to make a booking, please contact your nearest ACON office

Join The ACON Rovers

We’re always interested in hearing from people who would like to volunteer for our ACON Rover program.

The role is suited for non-judgmental, motivated and calm people who are happy to work within a sensitive working environment.

To get involved, please contact your nearest ACON office