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Evaluation of a trial of syringe vending machines in Canberra, ACT, Australia

Evaluation of a trial of syringe vending machines in Canberra, ACT, Australia

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This is the report of an evaluation of a trial of syringe vending machines (SVMs) that was conducted over the 12 months from February 2005 to January 2006, with a SVM installed on the outside walls of four of ACT Health’s Community Health Centres.

And see McDonald, D 2009, 'The evaluation of a trial of syringe vending machines in Canberra, Australia', Int J Drug Policy, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 336-9 (not uploaded to Scribd as copyright is owned by the publisher).
This is the report of an evaluation of a trial of syringe vending machines (SVMs) that was conducted over the 12 months from February 2005 to January 2006, with a SVM installed on the outside walls of four of ACT Health’s Community Health Centres.

And see McDonald, D 2009, 'The evaluation of a trial of syringe vending machines in Canberra, Australia', Int J Drug Policy, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 336-9 (not uploaded to Scribd as copyright is owned by the publisher).

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Published by: David McDonald on May 23, 2009
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Contents 
 Acknowledgements........................................................................................................vThe ACT Syringe Vending Machine Trial...................................................................11. In brief ….................................................................................................................1 2. What do we already know about syringe vending machines?................................3 3. What was the Canberra SVM trial?.........................................................................5 4. Has access to sterile injecting equipment changed following the introduction of SVMs?......................................................................................................................7 
4.1 What were the patterns of usage of the syringe vending machine?.............7Evaluation findings..................................................................................................94.2 How did providing SVMs impact on the other NSP outlets?......................10Evaluation findings................................................................................................11
 5. Who is using the syringe vending machines?.......................................................12
5.1 What are the demographics of the SVM clients?.........................................125.2 Who uses the SVMs?......................................................................................135.3 What are the patterns of drug use among SVM clients?............................145.4 What are SVM clients’ patterns of access to sterile injecting equipment?15Evaluation findings................................................................................................18
6. Has the introduction of SVMs had any impact on needle sharing?.....................19
Evaluation findings................................................................................................19
7. In what ways do SVMs add to the role of the existing Needle and Syringe Program outlets?...................................................................................................20
7.1 Vending machine sales....................................................................................207.2 Why did the clients use the vending machines rather than other outlets?20Evaluation findings................................................................................................21
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Has the incidence of unsafe disposal of needles and syringes changed following the introduction of SVMs? 
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8.1 Was injecting equipment discarded in the vicinity of the SVMs?...............228.2 Were the disposal bins adjacent to the SVMs used?...................................248.3 What were the clients’ and other stakeholders’ views on discardedequipment?.............................................................................................................24Evaluation findings................................................................................................25
 9. Are there any other products that clients believe should be available from theSVMs, and what are their views on the $2 charge?.............................................26 
9.1 What views were expressed about the Fitpack contents?...........................269.2 What views were expressed about the cost of the Fitpacks?........................27

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