Projects and Activities

Hepatitis Queensland delivers unique and diverse activities to increase understanding about viral hepatitis, liver health and the various means of prevention, management and treatment.

If you are interested in any of our projects and activities, contact us for more information

PRISONS

Prisoner Information and Support

Arunta phone line – This free in-house phone service provides confidential information and support to those in corrective services. This service ensures prisoners have access to accurate and up to date information about viral hepatitis. Prisoners can access the phone service using ARUNTA number 12.

Prison packs – Our comprehensive prisoner resource kit provides a range of information on hepatitis C testing and treatment available in prisons.

Brisbane Watch House – This new initiative targets those in custody with information about services available in the community for hepatitis C testing and treatment.

Prisoner Education

We provide information and resources through a range of mechanisms including:

Correctional Centre internal television system – HQ has developed a series of engaging digital animations to increase health literacy regarding testing and treatment of hepatitis C in prison settings.

Raising awareness of hepatitis C cure for female prisoners by promoting health messages on everyday prisoner items such as buy up bags.

Corrections Health expos – attendance at health expos to raise awareness on a mass scale in an information-sharing environment.

Staff Education

We provide prison health staff updates in hepatitis B and C which includes a Fibroscan demonstration by HQ’s nursing staff.

Custodial Officer Workforce Development

We provide two-hour blood borne virus training for Queensland Corrective Services staff. Topics include:

  • Transmission of hepatitis B and C in prison settings
  • Managing blood spills
  • Needle stick injuries
  • Disclosure and discrimination.

This training is fee for service. Contact us for more information.

Clinical

We are currently providing nursing support for Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre health services in the treatment and management of hepatitis C for prisoners on remand.

OUTREACH (INCLUDING KOMBI CLINIC)

Kombi Clinic

Hepatitis Queensland is proud to be involved in the award-winning Kombi Clinic. Delivered by a small multidisciplinary team in a 1978 Kombi van, this innovative clinical model of hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and treatment works to the ethos of taking ‘cure to the people’.

Focusing on the HCV elimination cascade, the Kombi Clinic’s main emphasis of ’screen and treat’ is to target high prevalence populations in areas including drug rehabilitation centres and transient populations. This is a simple and effective method to provide access to choice of care for HCV elimination in the community.

In recognition of the success of the model, Kombi Clinic was awarded the 2018 Team Excellence HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Award for its work in HCV.

COMMUNITY AND AWARENESS

Community Events

We regularly attend community events to raise awareness of prevention, testing, treatment and management of viral hepatitis.

This work is often done in collaboration with key stakeholders in the sector and is a core component of the work that we do.

Events include Homeless Connect, multicultural health festivals and Closing the Gap events.

WHD

World Hepatitis Day on July 28 provides a unique opportunity for HQ to lead the state in contributing to the global goal of eliminating viral hepatitis.

Find out more about World Hepatitis Day

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Ready. Set. Hep!

Hepatitis Queensland provides half-day workshops on hepatitis B and C for staff who:

  • have an alcohol and other drugs program, or
  • support clients affected by, or at risk of, viral hepatitis.

Check our calendar for upcoming workshops

HEPATITIS B

Far North Queensland Torres Strait Islands Hepatitis B Art Workshops

Facilitated by Arone Meeks, a well-known artist, teacher and sexual health promotion officer, project participants are presented with hepatitis B education combined with a basic art skills workshop. Using proven community-engagement activities, community members create an art piece that is transformed into a resource that will be provided back to their community. Created by community for community.

Through interactive educational components, these two projects aim to increase understanding of hepatitis B as an important health issue, encourage people to get tested, and if living with hepatitis B, to have their regular six monthly check ups.

Chinese and Vietnamese Communities

HQ would like to introduce The Hep B Family Tree. In many cultures, trees are a symbol of strength, life, energy, and the support given by strong roots. HQ is using the Hep B Family Tree to help start conversations about hep B in communities and families.

The key messages on each of the branches are there to help the conversation along, and help people educate themselves about testing, monitoring and treatment for hep B.

This project will see a range of targeted community education workshops for people at risk of, or living with hepatitis B using creative and innovative methods that are supported by the community. Outreach to community festivals and an awareness campaign will be used to promote and target these education activities. The awareness campaign will use outlets such as community radio, local newspapers, and social media.

TAFE Resource Project

Living Well with Hepatitis B has been developed by Hepatitis Queensland with support from educators from TAFE Queensland’s Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). This set of resources includes a reader for students written at an English literacy level 2, and a workbook with hepatitis B information along with activities to build English grammar and literacy skills.

This resource serves a dual purpose; firstly to assist students in learning English, and secondly, to encourage priority populations to undertake hepatitis B testing and vaccinations, and if found to be living with chronic hepatitis B, to engage in regular monitoring and treatment as required in the hope to reduce liver related illness and cancer.

African Film Project

The Dancing in the Rain film aims to raise awareness of hepatitis B by highlighting the importance of being tested, and if found to be living with hepatitis B, how to engage in regular monitoring, and treatment if necessary. The film also explores the serious health issues associated with hepatitis B in a light-hearted way with the hope that this will engage the audience and raise awareness of hepatitis B amongst the African/Australian community in Queensland.

Sub-Saharan African Community Education Project

This project engages with Sub-Saharan communities most at risk to raise awareness and knowledge of hepatitis B, and encourage testing and appropriate management and treatment for chronic hepatitis B infection.

This project delivers a range of targeted community education workshops for people at risk of, or living with hepatitis B using creative and innovative methods that are supported by the community. Outreach to community festivals and an awareness campaign will be used to promote and target these education activities. The awareness campaign will use outlets such as community radio, local newspapers, and social media.

In addition, a hard copy booklet, based on the popular Dancing in the Rain film produced for the project mentioned above, is currently in production.

Positive Speaker Project

By allowing people with lived experience of hepatitis B to share their personal stories, in combination with eye-catching animation, we have been able to produce a powerful communication tool that connects with the audience on an emotional level. These two animations capture real stories (and voices) with the positive social effect of expanding awareness, providing support and reducing future stigma and discrimination without placing the speaker in any position of risk.

 

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER

Increase capacity to treat hepatitis C

This service supports, mentors and educates primary care staff of Indigenous Health Services to be confident prescribers of the latest Direct Antiviral Agent (DAA) treatments – enabling their patients to obtain treatment and support from within their own community.

Fortnightly case conference clinics are held via videoconference from the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane with Indigenous Health Services across Queensland. These clinics are a mentoring space and collaborative learning environment, where Indigenous Health Service clinicians, nurses, health workers and practice managers learn more about managing Hepatitis C patients and becoming experienced DAA prescribers.

Far North Queensland and Torres Strait

Facilitated by Arone Meeks, a well-known artist, teacher and sexual health promotion officer, project participants are presented with hepatitis B education combined with a basic art skills workshop. Using proven community-engagement activities, community members create an art piece that is transformed into a resource that will be provided back to their community. Created by community for community.

Through interactive educational components, these two projects aim to increase understanding of hepatitis B as an important health issue, encourage people to get tested, and if living with hepatitis B, to have their regular six monthly check ups.

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