People Who Use Drugs

We’re here to help LGBTI people and people with HIV 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.


Alcohol & Drugs Basics

Are You Drugs Or Alcohol Addicted

There are lots of myths about alcohol and drugs and how people use these substances.

The most effective way to address problematic use of alcohol and drugs is to access factual information about both legal and illegal substances and get support from friends, family and professionals.

For more information click here.

Safe Injecting

Some people in our community choose to inject drugs.

The harms associated with this practice can be reduced by taking certain precautions.

For more information click here.

Stimulant Health Check Up

img_3909This online resource (developed by ACON) seeks to help people improve their awareness of crystal meth and how it can affect their physical and mental health.

The resource has relevant information about privacy and disclosure when talking about your drug use with health professionals.

Regardless of how much or how often you use crystal, a regular stimulant health check-up can help reduce the potential physical and mental harms associated with crystal meth.

For more information visit:

Substance Use & Mental Health

imgThe interaction between psychological wellbeing and the use of alcohol and other drugs is complex – they both have an impact on each other.

Alcohol and drug use can impact wellbeing by:

  • Making existing mental illness worse
  • Reducing the effectiveness of medications
  • Contributing to mental distress

Touchbase, an online resource, seeks to help LGBTI people – as well as their partners, family, and friends – improve their knowledge about the interaction between psychological wellbeing and the use of alcohol and other drugs.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Inclusive Practice Guidelines

While we know that most LGBTIQ people who use alcohol and other drugs do so in a nonproblematic way, some experience significant harms related to their use. The LGBTQ community face a range of specific challenges in relation to substance use and identifying when use becomes problematic.

ACON has been commissioned by Central Eastern Sydney PHN to develop the following resource and the website Pivot Point. ACON is pleased to be working with CESPHN and the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies to build the capacity of mainstream AOD services and those who work with people who use alcohol and other drugs. It is hoped this resource will assist services to be accessible, culturally informed and inclusive.

Click here to download the ‘AOD LGBTIQ Inclusive Guidelines For Treatment Providers’ guide.


Needle & Syringe Program

NSPThrough 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.



Do you want fast and confidential access to…

  • A full assessment and access to hepatitis C treatment – including a fibroscan?
  • Wound care?
  • Sexual health check-up?
  • Hepatitis B vaccination?
  • A general health check-up?
  • Information and referral to drug and alcohol services?


CLINIC414 is just next door to ACON’s Needle & Syringe Program

Drop in every Monday, 2pm – 4pm

Free, anonymous and confidential (No Medicare card required)

For more info contact: 02 9206 2000

CLINIC414 is a collaboration between the Kirketon Road Centre and ACON.


Substance Support Counselling


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.

Our counsellors work from a harm reduction approach to assist clients reach their goals to manage use, reduce or quit.

This service is offered in Sydney. Outside of Sydney, this service is available face to face in Lismore and Newcastle, and by phone or Skype anywhere in regional NSW.

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 or submit an enquiry.


ACON Rovers

ACON-RoversThe 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 best practice and support 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.

Training occurs twice a year, approximately during January and August. We may run more if demand requires.

We have Rovers in Sydney or Lismore.

To get involved, please express your interest here.