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Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 1.2.6–Sharing of used needles/syringes, 2020

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termAHPF PI 1.2.6–Sharing of used needles/syringes, 2020
Synonymous names:Help on this termReceptive sharing of used needles/syringes by people who inject drugs
METeOR identifier:Help on this term728302
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 13/10/2021
Description:Help on this term

The proportion of people who inject drugs who attend Needle-Syringe Programs (NSP), and who reported re-using someone else’s used needles/syringes in the previous month, based on the 1995—2019 Australian Needle Syringe Program Survey.

Rationale:Help on this term

Re-use of another person's used needles/syringes increases the risk of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Needle-Syringe Programs are part of a comprehensive package of programs that aim to reduce the harmful consequences of injection drug use by facilitating access to new needles/syringes for people who inject drugs.

Indicator set:Help on this termAustralian Health Performance Framework, 2020 Health, Standardisation pending 30/07/2021

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

The proportion of people who inject drugs in contact with Needle-Syringe Programs who reported re-using someone else’s used needles/syringes in the last month.

Computation:Help on this term

100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)

Numerator:Help on this term

The number of surveyed participants in contact with Needle- Syringe Programs, who report re-using someone else’s used needles or syringes in the last month.

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Surveyed participants in contact with Needle-Syringe Programs, who reported re-using someone else’s used needles or syringes in the last month.


Data Source
Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS)
Guide for use

Clients in contact with Needle-Syringe Programs are asked to participate in an anonymous survey over a two-week period in October each year.


Denominator:Help on this term

The number of surveyed participants in contact with Needle-Syringe Programs who injected in the last month.

Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Surveyed participants in contact with Needle-Syringe Programs.


Data Source
Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS)
Guide for use

Clients in contact with Needle-Syringe Programs are asked to participate in an anonymous survey over a two-week period in October each year.


Disaggregation:Help on this term

Nationally, by state/territory.

Comments:Help on this term

1. The Australian Needle Syringe Program Survey is a self-report survey conducted annually over a one to two-week period in October. All clients attending participating Needle and Syringe Programs are invited to complete a brief‚ anonymous questionnaire.
2. Estimates are calculated using data from annual reports. Trend data may not match previously published results.
3. The denominator is people who reported having injected in the last month; the numerator is people who reported having re-used someone else’s used needles and syringes in the last month. Percentages exclude those who reported having injected in the last month but did not report their needle/syringe sharing frequency.
4. The Australian Needle Syringe Program Survey report refers to re-use of someone else’s used needles and syringes as ‘receptive sharing’.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this term

N[NN].N

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termHealth behaviours

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceAustralian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS)
Data custodian

The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales


Accountability attributes

Methodology:Help on this term

Clients of Needle and Syringe Programs are invited to complete an anonymous survey over a two-week period in October.

Reporting requirements:Help on this term

Annual reporting of survey results as a requirement of funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales

Accountability:Help on this term

Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales

Other issues caveats:Help on this term

Survey response rate over recent years falls within the band of 41% to 48% of clients invited to participate.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales

Steward:Help on this termDepartment of Health
Origin:Help on this term

Heard S, Iversen J, Kwon JA, Maher L 2017. Needle and Syringe Program National Minimum Data Collection: National data report 2017. Sydney: Kirby Institute.

Reference documents:Help on this term

Heard, S; Iversen J; Geddes L & Maher, L. 2020. Australian NSP survey: Prevalence of HIV, HCV and injecting and sexual behaviour among NSP attendees, 25-year National Data Report 1995-2019. Sydney: The Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.

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