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Australia: Push for Police Assailants to Undergo Mandatory Blood Tests

October 22, 2012

The Adelaide, Australia, Police Association is requesting new laws to end the six-month wait for medical clearance for police officers who may have been exposed to bodily fluids in the course of their duties. The Police Association's position is that the person or persons who assaulted a police officer should be required to undergo blood tests to check for communicable diseases, as opposed to the current law, which specifies that only the assaulted officer must be tested.

After delegates voted in favor of the proposal at the Police Association's annual conference, Mark Carroll, its president, announced the association's intention to lobby state government and the opposition to change the law. Carroll explained that the incubation periods for diseases such as hepatitis and HIV cause the police and their families to endure stress while waiting months before knowing whether the officers involved are infected or healthy.

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