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NEEDLE SUPPLY AND EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

Mr Billson, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) recognises the:

 (a) positive contribution needle supply and exchange programs have made to curbing the spread of infectious diseases through injecting drug use; and

(b) cost to the community of needle stick injury;


(2) encourages State and Territory Governments to:

 (a) extend the principle of reducing harm by needle supply and exchange programs to include reducing the risk to the broader community of needle stick injury from syringes discarded improperly; and

(b) embrace retractable syringe technology across the health sector to reduce the risk and cost of needle stick injury to health professionals and health service consumers; and

(3) calls on the Federal Government to:

 (a) initiate trials of retractable syringes for Government-funded needle supply and exchange programs to determine the practicality, clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of supplying retractable syringes; and

(b) embrace the use of retractable syringes in the Commonwealth's own medical and allied healthactivities, for example Defence.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting, and Mrs May was granted leave to continue her speech when the debate is resumed.