Hayden, Holmes à Court lend name to call for a prison trial
More than 100 prominent Australians have joined Sir Gustav Nossal and Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Doherty in supporting calls for a trial of controlled needle and syringe provision in prisons.
The list of Australians publicly supporting a trial has hit the century and is growing, said Mr John Ryan who is CEO of drug policy organisation Anex.
Australians who publicly support the trial now include:
- The Hon. Bill Hayden AC, Governor General of Australia 1989-1996.
- Mrs Janet Holmes à Court AC, Australian business woman.
- Major General Ian Gordon AO, who was Deputy Chief of Army 2004-2006.
- Air Vice-Marshal Bruce Short AM, former Australian Defence Force Surgeon General.
- Dr Patricia Armstrong Grant OBE AC, former secretary of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation.
- Professor Michael Good AO, chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council.
- Professor Peter Baume AC, former Liberal Federal Minister for Health and ANU Chancellor.
- Major General W.B. Digger James AC, AO, MBE, former National President of the Returned Services League of Australia.
- Elizabeth Evatt AC, former Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia.
- 10. Wendy McCarthy AO, former Chancellor University of Canberra, co-founder of Women’s Electoral Lobby (NSW).
“Respected Australians from all kinds of political persuasions see the public health benefits of reducing blood borne virus transmission in prisons,” said Mr Ryan.
“These Australians see the logic of allowing prison health services to provide controlled access to sterile injecting equipment – a measure that improves public health and can lead to greater uptake of drug treatment during incarceration,” Mr Ryan said.
Anex has enlisted support from experts and high-standing Australians as a means to highlight that blood borne viruses including hepatitis C cross prison walls into the broader community, said Mr Ryan.
“Supporting a trial of sterile needle access in prisons is being tough on infectious disease. I would encourage the Liberal Party in the ACT to follow the lead of their NSW counterparts by at least being open-minded to trialling this health measure in the AMC,” said Mr Ryan.
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For further information contact Patrick Griffiths on 0438-664-774 or 03 9486-6399.