About the AIVL Education Program

The AIVL National Hepatitis C Education Program aims to limit the further spread of hepatitis C among injecting drug users and to encourage health monitoring and maintenance among injecting drug users living with hepatitis C. The program undertakes a broad range of strategies to achieve these aims including, but not limited to:

  • Resource Development and Distribution – using peer education and community development principles and approaches the program has developed numerous hepatitis C education resources for injecting drug users including guides to safer injecting and cleaning fits, Live First, Hepack, Handy Hints, Prisons Diary, low literacy resource on blood awareness, indigenous video on hep C prevention and six booklets for HIV and hep C positive users titled Really Positive. The program has also developed a series of “AVANT Cards” aimed at reaching those users who are not currently in contact with services or programs.
  • “Hepatitis See” Newsletter – an electronic newsletter for drug users, people working in drug user organisations and other service providers and researchers in the hepatitis C and related sectors. “Hepatitis See” is primarily used to inform and keep people up to date on the work of the Education Program but also contains articles on relevant hep C research, projects and new information. You can find out more information about, and subscribe to, AIVL’s "Hepatitis See" electronic newsletter online by clicking here.
  • Peer Education Approaches – the Education Program also leads the way at a national level on discussions of peer education principles and practice. The program does this through the development of peer education framework documents and documentation of good practice models of peer education.
  • Conferences, Forums and Events – representing AIVL and issues in relation to peer education at national conferences and other events including training workshops and forums. Staff from the program regularly present at major conferences on hep C prevention and peer education.
  • Training and Development – together with the AIVL Policy Program the Education Program has been developing and implementing a competency-based training program for AIVL members. Students who complete the program will receive a Certificate IV in Community Services which is recognised throughout the sector. The course includes peer education, policy and politics, resource development, administration skills, communication skills and advocacy.
  • Representation – representing and advocating on behalf of the state and territory drug user organisations and injecting/illicit drug users at the national level on government committees.
  • Peer Research and Needs Assessments – undertaking scoping exercises and research projects to identify key issues affecting injecting/illicit drug users and developing education strategies to address these issues effectively such as a scoping exercise to identify and respond to the education needs of young women injectors in relation to hepatitis C.
  • AIVL National Injecting Equipment Disposal Report – The Covering Letter (PDF, 68 kb) and Final Report (PDF, 424 kb) are now available online.
  • Methadone Complaints Pac – the Education Program has developed a resource for drug users who are participating in Methadone programs to better assist them in working their way through the complaints process. You can access these Complaints Paces sheets via the menu bars.
  • Education Fact Sheets – the Education program has developed a range of fact sheets with regard to injecting drug use, hepatitis C and related issues. You can access these fact sheets via the menu bars.
  • The Young Women Injecting Drug Users’ ProjectFinal Report (PDF, 275 kb) now available.