2009 National Hepatitis Awareness Week: Aboriginal Discussion Panel.
Every year during National Hepatitis Awareness week AIVL picks an issue that we believe needs highlighting in the IDU/HCV area, last year we held a forum on NSPs/HCV in prisons. This year we are looking to hold a national forum focusing on the unacceptable high rates of HCV in the Aboriginal community.
Hepatitis C rates among all people with a history of injecting drug use are extremely high 80% of all current infection and 90% of all new infection. The level among Indigenous IDU is disproportionally and unacceptably high. Again Indigenous people appear to be bearing the brunt of this epidemic. What is the reason for this? Do we have any answers? AIVL and it’s Indigenous program plays a crucial role in working with government, community organisations and the affected communities in working towards reducing the incidence of hepatitis C and providing information and support for those who have hepatitis C.
World hepatitis day and National Hepatitis Awareness Week provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the issue of blood-borne viruses in the indigenous community.
Download the invitation here. (PDF, 2872 Kb)
View the video stream from the forum here.
AIVL’s policy position paper on “Working with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who Inject Drugs” originates from the membership’s strongly held belief in inclusiveness, empowerment and involvement of affected communities. AIVL has legitimised with this document, a long held organisational practice and belief, and in doing so firmly embeds a philosophical approach which will continue to guide AIVL in its work with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) People who inject drugs.
Something Is Going To Get Us
This report presents the results of a consultation process with Indigenous IDUs conducted by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL). In response to evidence of an increase in HIV diagnoses attributed to injecting drug use in Indigenous communities, the project aimed to explore Indigenous experiences of injecting drug use and related issues, to inform the development of a national campaign to address injecting drug use in Indigenous communities.
This report is now available online (PDF, 61 Kb).