World Hepatitis Day Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Sector Forum
ATODA, Hepatitis ACT and the Workers Group
Workers are invited to an AOD sector forum to highlight and discuss the great achievements made in the last year and to provide updates about hepatitis including treatment and research outcomes.
Date: Thursday 2 August 2018
Time: 12 – 2pm, light lunch will be provided
Venue: ATODA office, 11 Rutherford Cr, Ainslie
RSVPs: Essential, by 30 July, to firstname.lastname@example.org
World Hepatitis Day Oration: Renewed Calls for Needle & Syringe Program in ACT Prison
Former ACT Health Minister and outgoing President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, Michael Moore AM, will be renewing calls for a Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) in the ACT’s prison when he delivers the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) World Hepatitis Day Oration.
Date: Tuesday 24 July 2018
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: Reception Room, ACT Legislative Assembly, London Circuit, Canberra
RSVP: to Carolyn Murphy on (02) 6279 1600 or email@example.com by COB Tuesday 17 July 2018
In July 2018, it will be seven years since the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) handed down its report for the ACT Government into implementation of a NSP at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). The response to the PHAA report made the implementation of a NSP in the AMC ACT Government policy. Yet, seven years later, a NSP has yet to be established in the ACT’s prison.
AIVL recently released a new report, looking at the needs of people living with Hepatitis C after leaving custodial settings in Australia. The report contains a series of recommendations aimed at addressing the spread of blood borne viruses (BBVs) in the Australian community more broadly, including trialling of a NSP in prison and increased focus on transitional arrangements for people returning to the community.
“With the development of new national BBV and sexually transmissible infection strategies currently underway, it is important that people entering and exiting custodial contexts are not forgotten, particularly as they are returning to their families and communities. Ensuring access to the full suite of preventive, harm reduction measures – and ensuring that people are able to continue their engagement with alcohol and other drug and viral hepatitis treatments post-release – are tangible ways that we can protect more Australians from contracting BBVs,” said Michael Moore.
World Hepatitis Day takes places every year on 28 July. The theme for 2018 is ‘Find The Missing Millions’. Worldwide, 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. AIVL is calling on governments to ensure that people in custodial settings are not forgotten within this context.
AIVL is the national organisation representing people who use/have used illicit drugs and is the peak body for the state and territory peer-based drug user organisations.
AIVL’s World Hepatitis Day Oration is being held in association with the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA) and the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA).
New Opportunities and Challenges in the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis in the ACT
World Hepatitis Day takes place every year on 28 July, with the aim of bringing the world together under one single theme in order to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and the impact it has worldwide. The theme for World Hepatitis Day 2018 is “Eliminate Hepatitis”.
Hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus are the leading cause of liver cancer in the world, yet more than 80% of those affected with viral hepatitis are unaware of their status. Viral hepatitis does not restrict itself to one specific region There are many effective vaccines and treatments available for hepatitis B and C and eliminating viral hepatitis is highly achievable. According to the World Health Organisation’s Global Strategy of Viral Hepatitis, the goal is to do so by 2030.
The question is, how? There are 325 million people that are living with viral hepatitis in the world, yet up to 290 million of these are unaware that they have it. In recognition of this, The World Hepatitis Alliance are launching a campaign in association with World Hepatitis Day, which aims to focus on ‘finding the missing millions’. The three-year awareness campaign aims to educate, influence national screening policies and encourage more people to get tested with the hope of finding the missing millions and reducing further spread of the virus.
This year, Hepatitis ACT is inviting you to Join them for a reflection of the current evidence, perspectives of people living with viral hepatitis, exploration of new community based models and a lively discussion about the future pathways at our event ‘New Opportunities and Challenges in the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis in the ACT’ .
Date: Friday 27 July 2018
Time: 10am to 12.30 pm
Venue: Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601
RSVP: By COB Monday 20 July by phone 62306344 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, see the flyer