St. Vincent's Hospital
|Type:||NGO working on Drugs|
|Address:||390 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
||St. Vincent's Hospital is a government funded, public and university teaching hospital.
Mission: St. Vincent's Hospital is a general, tertiary hospital. The Alcohol and Drug Service is on of the hospital's departments and has about 60-70 staff. We run: a 20 bed residential alcohol and drug detoxification centre; opiate substitution treatment centre (about 320 patients on methadone or buprenorphine maintenance treatment); stimulant treatment programme which provides psychosocial interventions and dexamphetamine substitution treatment; 24 hour telephone helpline for alcohol and drug problems for the 8 million people of the state of New South Wales; teaching medical and nursing students about alcohol and drugs; research, public health advocacy; promoting harm reduction and drug law reform.
Achievements: helped establish the following - the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre; first (pre-legal) needle and syringe programme in Australia; first (pre-legal) medically supervised injecting centre in Australia; Australian Society HIV Medicine; NSW Users AIDS Association; the International Harm Reduction Association. Supported harm reduction in many developing countries in Asia and also in Middle East and South America. About 250 scientific papers on alcohol and drugs published.