J Med Ethics 32:186 doi:10.1136/jme.2005.013243
  • Letter

Australian resources for ethical participatory processes in public health research

  1. C L Fry1,
  2. A Madden2,
  3. D Brogan3,
  4. B Loff4
  1. 1Senior Research Fellow, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Melbourne, and Fellow, Department of Public Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  2. 2Director, Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), Canberra, Australia
  3. 3Manager, Victorian Drug Users Group (VIVAIDS), Melbourne, Australia
  4. 4Head, Human Rights and Bioethics Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
 Craig Fry
 Senior Research Fellow, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre Inc, 54-62 Gertrude St, Melbourne VIC 3065, Australia; craig.fry{at}

    In 2004, drug user representatives lobbied against the now stalled $17.5m Australian government Retractable Needle and Syringe Technology Initiative due to concerns about inadequate consultation and potential health risks to participants.1 Some drug user organisations have also recently withdrawn support for the Australian Illicit Drug Reporting System (conducted annually since 1997), …