Corrections Officers reject proposed NSP model at the AMC

Released 20/09/2016

Corrections Officers reject proposed NSP model at the AMC

ACT Corrections Officers have rejected the implementation of a needle and syringe exchange program (NSP) injecting room at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).

A total of 151 Corrections Officers voted against the proposed NSP model to be delivered in the AMC’s health centre. There were four votes in favour of the model. The overall participation rate for the ballot which closed today was 68% of eligible voters.

The proposed model would have allowed for sterile needles and syringes to be provided in a supervised injecting room, with the detainee required to return this injecting equipment before leaving.

Under the proposed model, health staff would be available to provide medical assistance if required, and have the opportunity to discuss with detainees alternatives to intravenous drug use. Corrections Officers would have only be involved for escorts and in response to an incident.

In accordance with the Deed of Agreement between the Territory and the Community and Public Sector Union that established the working group and the ballot process, the working group will meet to consider the outcomes of the ballot and determine next steps.

The working group will also provide advice on the outcomes of the ballot to the incoming government.

The working group was established in 2015. The Deed of Agreement and details about the proposed NSP model is available at

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