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Hepatitis B and hepatitis C: Next steps in social research

30 July 2021
11.00am – 12.00pm AEST
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Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour 2021: Viral Hepatitis in Australia (Joanne Bryant)
This report focuses on hepatitis B and hepatitis C and provides an overview of the contribution to strategic responses in Australia by the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH). This year’s report highlights CSRH’s contribution to four key issues:

  1. The need for more research on hepatitis B and in particular to better understand the social and cultural knowledges and settings of affected communities
  2. The continued need for relevant models of care in relation to hepatitis C treatment
  3. The ongoing impact of stigma on communities affected by hepatitis B and hepatitis C
  4. The impact of COVID-19 on prevention, treatment and living with hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Ageing and end-of-life planning in the context of chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C (Limin Mao)
Experiences of ageing and increasing multimorbidity and frailty are challenging for all older people approaching later stages of life. For older people living with chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C, the emergence of other infectious and non-infectious conditions could bring additional challenges and contribute to further marginalisation. To respond to the increasing number and diverse demand of people over the age of 50 living with chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C, it is important to understand the growing social and health service needs for this population. Our presentation will focus on a Commonwealth Department of Health funded project that has adopted an innovative approach and relied on a partnership model to explore emerging needs, future policy directions and service responses in this area. 

Panelists and discussion topics to follow presentations

Carrie Fowlie, CEO, Hepatitis Australia - Emerging social research priorities in the context of chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C  in Australia

Zhihong Gu, Program Manager, Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health Program, Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) - CALD migrants living with chronic hepatitis B: time to prioritise social research

Carla Treloar: Director, UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health & UNSW Social Policy Research Centre - Stigma reduction in the context of chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C

Joanne Bryant is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture at UNSW. She is a social scientist trained in sociology and epidemiology, and has led a range of research projects focusing on harm reduction and sexual health among people who use drugs, street-involved young people and Aboriginal young people. She is the Editor, along with Jake Rance and Carla Treloar, of the Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour, Viral Hepatitis.

Associate Professor Limin Mao has extensive research experience in the promotion of better clinical and self-management for people living with chronic infections and co-morbidity; the adaptation of established behavioural surveillance evidence in priority populations to inform prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support for people with blood-borne viral infections (e.g., HIV, HCV); and sexually transmitted infections (STIs); and monitoring and evaluation of complex behavioural change programs to promote health and wellbeing. She has extensive experience in conducting, analysing, and interpreting cross-sectional surveys and prospective observational cohort studies as a key monitoring and evaluation mechanism for the HIV and STI epidemics in Australia.

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