health programs

foot patrol

Foot Patrol NSP

What is it?

Foot Patrol is a confidential mobile, street based, needle syringe program operating in Melbourne's CBD 365 days a year.

Established in 1996, Foot Patrol prevents the transmission of blood borne viruses through the provision of clean injecting equipment, safer using advice, safe syringe disposal units, contraception, safe sex information, support and referrals.

The Foot Patrol model is based on two community development workers walking a designated route in the city each day enabling easy, discreet and free access to clean injecting equipment.

The unique, foot based nature of Foot Patrol enables injecting drug users and individuals who may otherwise not access assistance, to access clean injecting equipment and condoms in their own, familiar environment.

This model also increases access to a range of other resources including safer using and safe sex information, general and specific health information and education and referral.

Foot Patrol also operates the Community Syringe Disposal Project, also known as Clean Up.

Foot Patrol is available:

Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:15pm, 4:00pm - 6:45pm and 7:30pm - 10:45pm

Weekends: 12:00pm - 3:45pm and 7:30pm - 11:15pm

Public holidays: 12:00pm - 3:45pm and 7:30pm - 11:15pm

Accessing Foot Patrol

If you need to access Foot Patrol, you can call the Foot Patrol mobile during the above operating hours or, make a free call from any public telephone. Foot Patrol will let you know where they are and can arrange to meet you.

M: 0412 155 491

Free call: 1800 700 102

When Foot Patrol is not operating, you can contact the Youth Projects city office on 03 9945 2100.