Kirketon Road Centre
Phone: (02) 9360 2766
Fax: (02) 9360 5154
KRC is a satellite facility of Sydney Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital, located in Kings Cross. The map (below) shows its location.
Contact details and opening hours
Kirketon Road Centre (KRC)
Above the Darlinghurst Fire Station, entrance on Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Postal address: PO Box 22, Kings Cross 1340
Phone: (02) 9360-2766
Fax: (02) 9360-5154
10am - 6pm
12pm - 6pm
- Weekends and Public Holidays
10am - 1.45pm NSP and methadone dispensing only
180 Victoria Street Potts Point 2011
Postal address: PO Box 22, Kings Cross 1340
Phone: (02) 9357-1299
Fax: (02) 9380-2382
Clinic 180 Open
- Monday to Sunday
1.30pm - 9pm
- Needle syringe program
- Monday to Friday
1.30pm - 9pm
- Sexual health screening
- HIV screening
- Hepatitis C testing, hepatitis B testing and vaccination
- First aid and wound care
- Counselling and social welfare assistance
- Drug and alcohol assessment and referral
Accessing KRC Services
KRC provides an anonymous service and client confidentiality is rigorously maintained. No Medicare card is required for services. Appointments do not need to be made - people may simply ‘drop in’.
KRC also offers a Group Room for individuals to explore issues with staff in a more informal setting. The use of the space in this way is seen as part of KRC’s outreach work. The Group Room is also used to conduct special activities such as Cooking and Nutrition, Music, Art and group sessions.
The Kirketon Road Centre (KRC) was established in April 1987 as a NSW State Government initiative following recommendations of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Prostitution in NSW (Rogan Report 1986).
The aims of the service are:
- To prevent and minimise HIV/AIDS and other transmissible infections (including sexually transmissible infections and hepatitis) among “at risk” young people, sex workers and people who inject drugs.
- To treat and care for clients with HIV/AIDS and other transmissible infections among these target populations.
KRC Target Groups
The Kirketon Road Centre targets:
- “at risk” young people (people under 25 years with a street-based lifestyle in Kings Cross)
- sex workers
- people who inject drugs
KRC operates a comprehensive medical, counselling and social welfare service including methadone access and needle syringe programs from KRC above the Darlinghurst Fire Station. KRC also has a satellite facility Clinic 180, which is located at 180 Victoria Street in Kings Cross. Clinic 180 provides a needle syringe program, nurse-led clinical services and counselling, health and social welfare advice, and assessment and referral to drug treatment and other relevant services. KRC also operates a mobile outreach service, which provides health education, needle syringe program and assessment and referral to drug treatment.
KRC services include:
- assessment and management of general health issues
- sexual health screening, treatment of sexually transmissible infections and sex worker “check ups”
- HIV antibody testing / pre and post test discussion
- primary care of HIV infection and AIDS-related conditions, with access to antiretroviral therapies
- hepatitis A and B screening and vaccination
- hepatitis C screening and monitoring of liver function
- specialist medical hepatitis C clinic
- women’s health checks including Pap smears and breast examination
- family planning advice, contraception, pregnancy testing, counselling and referral
- medical and psychosocial assessment of transgender issues and specialist referral
- drug and alcohol counselling, referral to drug detoxification, treatment and rehabilitation programs
- methadone access program and referral
- crisis and ongoing counselling for emotional issues
- social welfare information, eg housing, income, education and legal information
- needle syringe program
- outreach program
- group room with targeted health promotion activities
KRC Outreach Services
KRC's outreach bus provides medical, counselling and social welfare services as well as safer sex and injecting equipment 7 nights a week at the following locations.
- 9pm – 11.30pm, Forbes Street, Woolloomooloo (including foot outreach, parlours and strip clubs)
KRC Youth Clinics
Nurses, counsellors and health education officers conduct confidential health clinics and health education sessions for young people at the following locations.
East Sydney High
75 William Street, East Sydney
Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm
Oasis Youth Service
Cnr Foveaux and Crown Streets, Surry Hills
Wednesdays, 4pm - 5.30pm
The Wayside Chapel
29 Hughes Street, Potts Point
Mondays, 9am – 11am
Aboriginal Health Project:
An Aboriginal Health Project Officer is employed to explore and address any specific needs with respect to HIV prevention, sexual health and illicit drug use within the KRC Aboriginal client community. The Aboriginal worker is also actively involved in community education and training to sensitise mainstream HIV and drug services to Aboriginal-specific needs, as well as to support Aboriginal-specific services with respect to information, training and resources re: HIV prevention, sexual health and illicit drug use.
Healthy Liver Clinic:
KRC conducts a Healthy Liver Clinic every Tuesday from 10am – 12.30pm. A doctor, nurse and counsellor provide hepatitis C screening including PCR and genotype screening, monitoring and assessment for treatment and provide information, support and referral for fibroscans and to a hepatitis C specialist.
Education and Training:
KRC conducts regular education and training on request. Training workshops cover topics relating to sexual health, drug trends and treatments, harm minimisation, sharps waste management, youth worker skills development and allied health staff training. KRC also annually delivers a Primary Health Care and Outreach Training course. This course provides training in harm minimisation, basic drug information, blood borne virus transmission, developing outreach skills, managing challenging behaviours, overdose interventions and child protection issues.
Health Promotion Program:
KRC‘s Health Promotion Program provides health education and promotion activities through all units and services of KRC. These activities are co-ordinated campaigns, providing consistent information and advice to clients through all the services of the Centre. The health promotion program also develops written, multimedia and audio-visual resources appropriate for clients and/or health care workers.
Research and Evaluation program:
KRC monitors hepatitis C incidence and prevalence, injecting behaviour and service utilisation, as part of KRC’s Research and Evaluation Program. KRC also conducts regular needs analyses among its target populations and collaborates with the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, the National Centre for HIV and Social Research, and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. KRC is a sentinel site for the annual national NSP Survey.
For more information on training, group activities or other KRC services call 93602766