Hepatitis C resources available free: Order now

One of the outcomes of the DruGS team’s Australian Research Council-funded project on the uptake of hepatitis C treatment in Australia is a collection of VitalvoicesonhepC.org resources. These are now being distributed for free to services and individuals. Launched on 31 May 2022 at the Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference in Brisbane, VitalvoicesonhepC.org is a much-needed website that…

Major project outcome launched: VitalvoicesonhepC.org

What is hepatitis C? How does it feel to be diagnosed with it? What is it like to have treatment and be cured? A ground-breaking new website sheds light on the stories of people affected hepatitis C and explores their experiences of treatment and cure. Launched at the 2022 Viral Hepatitis conference in Brisbane on…

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…

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…

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…

Update: Telehealth for hepatitis C treatment

In early 2021 the Commonwealth Department of Health funded researchers at La Trobe University to conduct a study on telehealth for hepatitis C treatment during COVID-19 Understanding experiences of telehealth care delivery for hepatitis C treatment in Australia. Telehealth has been successful in the treatment of hepatitis C by improving patient access to healthcare, especially…

New handbook chapter: The politics of ‘intoxication’

In 2019 the DruGS team completed work on two large Australian Research Council-funded qualitative projects, one on opioid overdose and take-home naloxone, and the other on performance and image enhancing drugs and hepatitis C. In an invited chapter for the forthcoming Handbook on Intoxicants and Intoxication edited by Tamar Antin, Vibeke Frank and Geoffrey Hunt,…

Now recruiting: Hepatitis C treatment study

This year we began an exciting new project on people’s experiences of hepatitis C, treatment and post-treatment life in this new age in which hepatitis C elimination seems possible. This project will generate new knowledge on impediments to hepatitis C treatment uptake and a publicly accessible website presenting personal experiences of treatment, decision-making about treatment,…