Kirketon Road Centre
Phone: (02) 9360 2766
Fax: (02) 9360 5154
KRC is a targeted primary health care facility 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 2010
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 Friday
3.30pm - 9pm
- Sexual health screening (NB there is a triage system for priority population groups. Telephone KRC or Clinic 180 for further information.)
- HIV and hep C testing, hep B testing and vaccination
- First aid and wound care
- Counselling and social welfare assistance
- Drug and alcohol assessment and referral
- Needle syringe program
- Saturdays and Sundays
1.30pm - 9pm
- Needle syringe program
a[TEST] Kings X- Rapid HIV testing clinic
3.30pm – 6.30pm
- Book appointments
High-risk antenatal clinic (@ Clinic 180)
- Antenatal checks and referrals to public hospital antenatal clinics
- Pregnancy advice and pregnancy care
- Post birth check ups
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 Services Provided 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.
Oasis Youth Service
Cnr Foveaux and Crown Streets, Surry Hills
Mondays, 12.00pm – 1.30pm
The Wayside Chapel
29 Hughes Street, Potts Point
Mondays, 9am – 11am
1/45 Chippen Street, Chippendale
Suite 5/522 Kingsway, Miranda
Thursdays, 2.00pm – 6.00pm
41 Dora Street, Hurstville
Wednesdays, 2.00pm – 6.00pm
The Take-home Naloxone (Narcan) Program:
This is an evidence-based Program (please see OPEN Evaluation Report) that aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdose in people who inject drugs (PWID). It involves the provision of practical knowledge and skills training to PWID and their carers (family and friends) about opioid overdose prevention, its recognition and emergency management, including naloxone (Narcan) administration. This training can be facilitated by health practitioners with experience in basic life support and overdose prevention training, either in a group or on a one-to-one basis. PWID are then medically assessed at KRC prior to being given an Overdose Management Pack, which includes written instructions, a resus mask, alcohol swabs and 2 Minijets of naloxone. Trained clients can return to KRC to replenish their Overdose Management Packs whenever needed without needing to make an appointment.
Training in Opioid Overdose management and naloxone administration is also available for other health and social welfare services, private commercial premises or other individuals working with people who are at risk of overdose.
For further information please contact: Rosie Gilliver at KRC on ph: (02)9360
The Kirketon Road Centre Take-home Naloxone Program
Healthy Liver Clinic:
KRC conducts a Healthy Liver Clinic every Thursday from 10am – 12.30pm, which provides hepatitis C testing (including PCR and genotype testing), assessment and monitoring of liver disease, information and support. We have our own portable Fibroscan machine to assess liver fibrosis and need for hep C treatment, which can be initiated at KRC by a Hepatitis C Medical Specialist who visits our Clinic. This can then be monitored by our own doctors. We also take the Fibroscan to outreach clinics, where we can assess, monitor and provide information regarding viral hepatitis. Please contact us if you would like further information about this outreach service.
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.
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 closely with the Kirby Institute (KI), the Centre for Social Research in Health, and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) of the University of NSW. KRC is a sentinel site for the national surveillance of HIV and hepatitis C prevalence among people who inject drugs (Australian NSP Survey, KI), hepatitis C incidence (KI) and illicit drug trends (Illicit Drugs Reporting System, NDARC).
For more information on training, group activities or other KRC services call (02) 9360 2766
For more information on training, group activities or other KRC services call 93602766