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Balancing Access and Safety: Meeting the Challenge of Blood Borne Viruses in Prison

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July 2011
65 pages
This study from the Public Health Association of Australia examined the possibility of implementation of a needle and syringe program in prisons to fight the problem of blood borne viruses.
This study explored the development of a model for implementation of a needle and syringe program (NSP) at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) located in the Australian Capital Territory. The primary objective of the project was to develop a model NSP that would ensure the health and safety outcomes for drug-addicted offenders upon receipt of a prison sentence. The results of the study are presented in eight chapters: Chapters 1 and 2 discuss the primary objectives of the project and the methodology used for the study; chapter 3 contains an analysis of the current research on the subject; chapter 4 identifies key themes that emerged from the review; chapter 5 provides an overview of programs operating in other countries; chapter 6 contains an analysis of the preferred model; chapter 7 examines the potential issues in relation to criminal and civil liability for staff involved in the program; and chapter 8 outlines conclusions and recommendations arising from the study. Figures, references, and attachments