Union resistance could stymie prison needle exchange program: researcher

Guardian, Monday 19 October 2015

A senior blood-borne diseases researcher, Associate Professor Mark Stoové, says Australia’s first prison needle and syringe program flagged for trial in an ACT jail is most likely doomed because of the influence of a union and its members.

Stoové criticised the Community and Public Sector Union’s resistance to a proposal by the ACT government to trial a needle and syringe program in the Alexander Maconochie Centre, a maximum security prison.

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Prisoners with hepatitis will get $2.2m help to treat infections, but no CNPs

The Age, April 9, 2015 – 5:53PM

The Victorian government is spending $2.2 million on giving hundreds of prisoners better access to hepatitis treatments but will not consider a needle and syringe exchange to prevent more infections.

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