Melbourne council backs injecting room

Original article by John Masanauskas, Wes Hosking
Herald Sun – Page: 4 : 26-May-21

The Melbourne City Council has passed a motion in support of establishing a safe injecting room in the CBD. Four councillors voted against the motion; they include Roshena Campbell, who said that locating the facility near a prime tourism precinct is "nothing short of insanity". Greens councillor Olivia Ball said there is no evidence to suggest that the existing safe injecting room in North Richmond has adversely impacted local amenity. The Police Association has expressed concern that a safe injecting room would lead to an increase in crime and drug use in the CBD.

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MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL, THE POLICE ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA

Safe in the arms of the baby whisperers

Original article by Kate Hagan
The Age – Page: 10 : 30-Jun-14

Volunteers drawn from the public are used at the special care nursery of Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne to help settle infants suffering withdrawal symptoms. Their mothers have used opiates or methadone during pregnancy, and the babies are very sensitive to stimulation. They can cause severe disruption to the ward. The program using the volunteers to do four-hour shifts was established in about 2004 by associate nurse unit manager Anne Robson. Neonatologist Thao Lu says the facility offers "multidisciplinary, non-judgmental care"

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SUNSHINE HOSPITAL