New article: Understanding the social and material basis for hepatitis C cure

A new article, led by DruGS program member Adrian Farrugia, reports findings from a national Australian Research Council-funded project on experiences of hepatitis C, treatment and cure since the advent of direct-acting antiviral treatment. The article, entitled ‘Hepatitis C cure as a “gathering”: Attending to the social and material relations of hepatitis C treatment’, analyses…

Comparing ‘gendering practices’ in research on alcohol and violence in Australia, Canada and Sweden

A new article, led by DruGS program member David Moore, reports findings from an international comparative research project on gender, alcohol and violence. The article, entitled ‘Gendering practices in quantitative research on alcohol and violence: Comparing research from Australia, Canada and Sweden’, analyses the treatment of gender in Canadian and Swedish quantitative research on alcohol…

PhD scholarship: Apply now

PhD Scholarship: Call for expressions of interest The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University invites expressions of interest and applications from suitably qualified candidates for a PhD scholarship. Based within the Drugs, Gender and Sexuality (DruGS) research program, the scholarship will be awarded to support a qualitative project focusing…

Launching Vital Voices website

In May, members of the DruGS team will attend the 13th annual Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference (29 to 31 May). This conference is a key event for researchers, practitioners and policy makers working in viral hepatitis and related areas, and is an important opportunity to showcase key outcomes for our Australian Research Council-funded project, ‘Lived…

Telehealth for hepatitis C treatment during the pandemic: What works?

In 2021 the DruGS team conducted an Australian Government Department of Health-funded qualitative study on telehealth treatment for hepatitis C during the COVID-19 pandemic. The final report from the project has just been launched via webinar, and featured presentations on the findings and recommendations and a panel discussion spanning harm reduction and peer support, advocacy…

Gender and the WHO Global Alcohol Action Plan

In late August, DruGS team members David Moore and Suzanne Fraser made a submission, along with colleagues Helen Keane, kylie valentine and Kate Seear, to the World Health Organization’s web-based consultation on its ‘Global Alcohol Action Plan 2022-2030’. The submission addressed a specific aspect of the Plan – namely its treatment of gender – and…

Telehealth for hepatitis C treatment during COVID-19

On World Hepatitis Day, the DruGS team reflects on preliminary findings from a research project exploring how telehealth has shaped hepatitis treatment during the COVID crisis. Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, this qualitative interview-based project aims to understand the benefits, limitations and effects of the use of telehealth for hepatitis C treatment during…

World Hepatitis Day 2021 #HepCantWait

Marked annually on July 28, World Hepatitis Day is one of the World Health Organization’s seven global public health days. In an effort to convey the urgency of the current global goal to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030, the theme of this year’s World Hepatitis Day is Hep Can’t Wait. As the event’s website puts…

Overdose response resources proving popular

One of the outcomes of the DruGS team’s Australian Research Council-funded project on overdose prevention and take-home naloxone is a collection of Overdoselifesavers.org resources, including keyrings with backing cards explaining how to respond to an opioid overdose, and USB drives containing the project’s report and recommendations for future overdose policy and practice. Over the last month or…