Western Australia's prison health authority has stopped prescribing anti-libidinal drugs to sex offenders due to side effects, a court has heard during a hearing for a notorious paedophile.
Dangerous sex offender Michael Alexander McGarry was due to have his annual review for potential release on Friday but the hearing was adjourned when the court heard he wanted a referral to see a hormone specialist.
The WA Supreme Court heard McGarry wanted to go back on a libido-suppressing drug, which had been used by sex offenders in the past to reduce their risk of reoffending.
He had taken the medication previously and had stopped taking it voluntarily earlier this year, hoping to start it again months later, the court heard.
But the Department of Corrective Services has since changed its policy on the drug and now prevents its use due to significant health risks such as osteoporosis and cardiac problems.
McGarry wants to meet with a specialist outside the prison services system to see if he could return to the medication or take something else, the court heard.
Justice Stephen Hall granted an adjournment but warned that even if McGarry could take a drug to reduce his libido, that did not necessarily mean he would be released.
"You're buying time for a report that may be limited in its weight," he said.
The matter will return to court in October.