New South Wales psychologist Bruce Difficy was arrested and charged in June for setting-up a safe-injecting room.
Difficy had found many used syringes in the garage of the Lismore house he had moved his office into, and so he decided to help those who were obviously injecting there.
He provided clean syringes, sterile water, needle bins, paper towels, tea and coffee-making facilities, food, and information on local health services.
Difficy told ABC radio; “These people do need some help and support. If we are going to reduce crime, mortality rates, and increase the general health and well-being of people, we really need to embrace the street culture and to tap into this difficult client group.”