Medically supervised injecting room

Medical facility

In 2018, the Victorian government commenced the trialling of a medically supervised injecting room (MSIR) within North Richmond Community Health in Richmond. A transitional MSIR was initially built by refurbishing available space in the current North Richmond Community Health building. A new, larger standalone MSIR facility was opened in July 2019.

The MSIR is a safe and hygienic place where people can inject drugs in a supervised health setting. Other health services like mental health care, drug treatment, wound care and pathology are also provided.

The MSIR was trialled for an initial two-year period until 29 June 2020, which has been extended for another a further three years until June 2023.

The MSIR Independent Review Panel was delivered in 2020. The review found that between 30 June 2018 and 30 June 2021, staff at the MSIR have safely managed more than 4,400 overdoses and provided thousands of health and social support interventions. These interventions included wound care, blood-borne virus treatment, alcohol and other drug treatment, mental health support, dental care, family violence support, social welfare, and material aid.

For more information, visit the Department of Health website or North Richmond Community Health website