Topic archives: medically supervised injecting centre

Now the election’s over, let’s get back to the evidence

September 20, 2013

Many thanks to James Beckford Saunders (UnitingCare ReGen’s Director of Education and Advocacy) for his reflections on the absence of drug policy from election coverage and the challenges facing advocates for evidence based policy and treatment. Amidst the flurry of the federal election campaign, drug policy received scant attention from the major parties (and the […]

Dear Jess, this is why public health experts support the medically supervised injecting centre

September 16, 2010 1

A young Croakey reader, Jess Pearson, commented on the recent post on Sydney’s medically supervised injecting centre, raising concerns that the centre might encourage more young people to try drugs. Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia, asked Croakey to post this response to Jess on his behalf. I thought it worth […]

About time…Sydney’s medically supervised injection centre gets the official nod

September 15, 2010 7

As you may have heard, the NSW Government has FINALLY decided to make the medically supervised injecting centre at Kings Cross a permanent fixture. About time, too. Here is a statement issued today by the Public Health Association of Australia: “The PHAA has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to make the medically supervised injecting centre […]

Alex Wodak: The Tolerance Room ten years later

May 21, 2009

Dr Alex Wodak marks a significant anniversary: In 1999, 1,116 young Australians died from a heroin overdose. In parts of the country, more young Australians were dying from a heroin overdose than from car crashes. There were six heroin overdose deaths in 1964. NSW accounts for half the heroin overdose deaths in Australia with 10% […]