New study: Ethical and effective drug education

A new study led by DruGS team member ARC DECRA Research Fellow Dr Adrian Farrugia has begun, investigating young people’s experiences of drug education and how they relate to the priorities of key drug education stakeholders. Entitled ‘Addressing gender and sexuality in drug education: Developing effective and ethical drug education’, the project is funded by…

DruGS Program PhD scholar wins prestigious thesis award

As the academic year comes to a close, we’re delighted to announce that DruGS program PhD scholar Gemma Nourse has won La Trobe University’s Nancy Millis Medal for her PhD thesis: ‘Co-constituting drugs, health and masculinity: Performance and image-enhancing drug discourses in Australia’. The medal is ‘presented to outstanding PhD candidates for the exceptionally high…

DruGS team to present research in Sweden and Portugal

November sees members of the DruGS Program travel to Europe to present a range of conference and seminar papers. DruGS Program Lead Professor Suzanne Fraser will present at a seminar hosted by Professor Mats Ekendahl (a DruGS Program collaborator) at the Department of Social Work, Stockholm University (8 November), and at the European Conference on…

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…