Needle Exchange Programs in Australian Prisons
Making it Happen
On the 20th May 2008, AIVL hosted a forum at the ACT Legislative Assembly that explored the issues around introducing needle exchange programs (NEPs) into Australian prisons. The forum was fully booked, with in excess of 60 people packing a small room.
The speakers at the forum expressed a variety of viewpoints, from that of prisoners’ and corrections staff health, human rights, political considerations and the perspectives of inmates.
The speakers were:
Director, Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
The International Evidence – what does it tells us? (PDF, 372 Kb)
Executive Director, Australian National Council on Drugs
An Australian Context – what are the next steps? (PDF, 2,149 Kb)
Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Association of Australia
The Political Process – how do we encourage political leadership? (PDF, 1,500 Kb)
ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner
Human Rights in Prisons – can prisons & rights coexist? (PDF, 286 Kb)
The ‘Real’ Experience – is there a duty of care to prisoners?
Following the talks, the speakers were joined by Deb Wyborne to form a panel which took questions from the audience.
AIVL’s Prison Based NSP Discussion Paper – 2008 (PDF, 1,269 Kb)