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…

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…

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…

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,…

New articles: Stigma and healthcare access for people who consume drugs

In 2019 the DruGS team completed work on a qualitative interview-based research project on stigma, conducted with South Western Sydney Drug Health Services. Two journal articles were written from the project and have now been published. The first article was recently accepted for publication in Sociology of Health and Illness. Entitled ‘Exclusion and hospitality: The…