A coalition of 44 community based organisations, individuals, research centres and professional bodies have endorsed a joint statement in support of the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre pilot in North Richmond. A Private Member’s Bill was referred to the Legal and Social Issues Committee, who tabled their report in Parliament last week. The report did not go as far as to recommend that the bill be adopted and so the aim of the joint statement was to put pressure back on the government to consider the pilot of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre.
Living Positive Victoria, as one of the signatories, supports the centre as similar centres operating around the globe have been proven to reduce the risk and incidence of blood borne viruses such as HIV. However, the benefits of a medically supervised injecting centre go beyond just BBVs. Evidence shows that MSIC also reduce fatal overdose and can assist in referring clients to social, health and legal services.
You can read the joint statement below: