Senate inquiry into Defence malaria drug trials hands down report

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Professor Quinn said while there were some positives in the report, such as the outreach program for veterans, she was concerned that those who were already "suffering and disenfranchised" and had come forward to tell the Senate of their experiences would feel even more alienated by the report.

 

"They’ve now put their stories on the table, suffered again in public and they’re absolutely no better off than they were before," she said.

Period08 Dec 2018

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  • TitleSenate inquiry into Defence malaria drug trials hands down report
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletBrisbane Times
    Media typePrint
    CountryAustralia
    Date08/12/18
    DescriptionVeterans who experienced crippling mental and physical symptoms for nearly 20 years after controversial Australian Defence Force malaria drug trials say they are "disappointed" and "no better off" after a Senate inquiry's report into their experiences was released.
    In its report, the committee acknowledged “the symptoms are real” and many veterans given the drugs had since been severely affected with neurological symptoms frequently misdiagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder.
    Professor Quinn said while there were some positives in the report, such as the outreach program for veterans, she was concerned that those who were already "suffering and disenfranchised" and had come forward to tell the Senate of their experiences would feel even more alienated by the report.

    "They’ve now put their stories on the table, suffered again in public and they’re absolutely no better off than they were before," she said.
    URLhttps://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/senate-inquiry-into-defence-malaria-drug-trials-hands-down-report-20181206-p50ko8.html
    PersonsJane Quinn

Keywords

  • veteran
  • mefloquine
  • tafenoquine
  • senate inquiry
  • ADF
  • defence
  • drug trials