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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4135..


(4) How many of those injuries outlined in part (3) relate to (a) employees and (b) remandees;

(5) How many cases of blood borne virus infections have been reported because of needle stick injuries that have occurred in either remand centre.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Note: the following figures relate to the period 1 January 2004 to 31 September 2007. The records from 2003 have been archived.

1a) 256 tests were conducted in 2004, 133 in 2005, 220 in 2006, and 131 to date in 2007.

b) The following table represents the results from the urinalysis tests conducted in 2004 to 2007. This table indicates the positive results, the numbers of detainees that refused to or were unable to provide a sample (refusals are adjudicated upon in the same way as positive results), those that were diluted and required retesting, and the number of positive tests that were dismissed because the detainee had not been in custody for 31 days.

Positive

Refused or unable to supply

Diluted

Less than 31 days in custody

2004

38

26

13

14

2005

12

24

1

7

2006

27

36

3

21

2007

14

20

0

9

c) Positive urinalysis results were obtained for cannaboids, opiates, benzodiazepines, bupemorphine, and sympathomimetic amines. The later category includes amphetamines such as MDMA, methamphetamine, ephedrine, and cocaine.

d) A senior Custodial Officer conducts all adjudications resulting from a positive urine test. The penalty for a positive urine test results from all the facts discovered in the investigation and ranges from no further action where the results are the result of medical treatments to loss of contact visits and loss of privileges.

2) 14 syringes were located in the Belconnen Remand Centre and the Symonston Temporary Remand Centre in 2004, 12 in 2005, eight in 2006, and 10 to date in 2007.

3) No Custodial Officer or detainee has reported a needle stick injury.

4) See question 3.

5) There have been no reported cases of blood borne diseases resulting from a needle stick injury.


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