In 2018, the Victorian government commenced the trialing 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 will be trialed for an initial two year period until 29 June 2020, with an option to extend the trial for a further three years. An independent panel will review the MSIR and report on their findings in 2020.
For more information, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website or North Richmond Community Health website.