Local Solutions – Moree Plains Shire Council July 2014
In April, we reported on creative solutions to some local problems associated with inappropriately disposed injecting equipment implemented by Moree Plains Shire Council. The Community Sharps Program Manager, Ronnie Turner, visited Moree recently and met with council staff. She viewed the new bins that have been installed throughout the town. As part of their broader sharps management strategy, council also engaged TAFE NSW New England Institute to delivered safe sharps handling and management training to over 20 operational staff.
Ronnie also met NSP workers Warren and Bruce, who have recently been employed by Pius X Aboriginal Corporation to respond to inappropriately disposed injecting equipment. Bonny Briggs, from the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council, was in Moree and she provided practical assistance in the response to community sharps issues impacting the local Aboriginal community. This is a great initiative by Pius X and one which compliments councils newly implemented sharps management plan.