Hepatitis Education for Workplaces
Hepatitis Queensland delivers non-clinical workforce education with an aim to increase knowledge and confidence in the following areas:
- Hepatitis B and hepatitis C
- Transmission and associated risk factors
- Availability of treatment
As Australia moves to eliminate viral hepatitis, Hepatitis Queensland is working to upskill the non-clinical workforce to support this goal and ensure that all members of our community are informed about testing and treatment for hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Additionally, with the changes to hepatitis C treatments in recent times, the number of people seeking support for ongoing management and treatment support is declining. These changes have impacted on the education and training that is required for the workforce.
However, work still needs to be done to find those in our community who are undiagnosed and not aware of the recent changes to treatment—providing education to non-clinical services aids this task.
Hepatitis Queensland has a long history of delivering education to the workforce, and this work continues to be a large part of the core business of Hepatitis Queensland.
Hepatitis Queensland aims to target staff in the following industries:
- Community and social services organisations
- Staff working with or supporting clients affected by, or at risk of, viral hepatitis
- Alcohol and drug services
- Aged care facilities
- Local hospitals
- Youth services
- Housing or homelessness services
- Staff in the personal care industry
- Staff in construction, water management and other related industries.
Education sessions are tailored to for organisations needs, time frame, and can be offered in a range of different formats:
- Through the Queensland Health telehealth network.
In the previous two reporting periods (July 2019 to December 2019 and January 2020 to June 2020) Hepatitis Queensland provided education to a total of 141 people across nine sessions.
The following are some quotes from participants:
“Excellent presentation. I found it extremely relevant to my role, more than I expected.” ~ WARWICK SESSION
“The facilitator showed a great deal of knowledge and passion for the subject.” ~ WARWICK SESSION
“The open discussion helped the information sink in.” ~ PRISON HEALTH SESSION
“The facilitators were asked a lot of questions; they handled the industry-specific topics well.” QUEENSLAND CORRECTIVE SERVICES STAFF SESSION
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