Retractable Needles & Syringes

Although we thought we had said goodbye and good-riddens to retractable needles and syringes when the previous Commonwealth Government pilots of these devices failed back in 2005, we are unfortunately having to fight this fight all over again with a new device being sold through pharmacies in Queensland and Victoria.

To find out more about what is happening and what AIVL is doing on this issue please check out the links below.

To read more about retractable syringes from an international perspective check out the following link.

Below are examples showing the difference in appearance and design between a standard 1 ml syringe and the newly available retractable syringes. We have provided these so people are able to easily identify the retractable syringes if they are ever supplied to them.

If you would like more information or to discuss the issue of retractable needles & syringes with AIVL, please contact the AIVL office at