Want to improve the hepatitis C response? People who inject drugs have key insights

About the Author

Dr Susan Chong is a Senior Lecturer in La Trobe University’s Department of Public Health and a Senior Research Fellow on ARCSHS’ Peer Insights Project.

The Project was a collaboration with peer organisations working with people who use drugs. Susan’s work focussed on translating their knowledge into resources to help improve Australia’s hepatitis C response.

The W3 Framework shows the importance of peer skill and the expertise that comes from lived experience. Insights from peer-led drug-user organisations are often our only source of real-time knowledge about emerging community trends and needs. It is vital for the sector to recognise and act on these valuable strategic insights.

In the lead up to World Hepatitis Day, we invited Susan to share some reflections about her exciting and important work.

Alignment Engagement Influence Peer Skill

When virus responses collide — How Australia’s Victorian HIV and hepatitis sector is adapting to COVID-19

About the Author

Jen Johnson is the Program Coordinator of ARCSHS’ Blood-Borne Virus (BBV) Sector Development Program.

The BBV Sector Development Program works to support and strengthen the Victorian BBV workforce to meet the challenges of elimination targets, new prevention technologies, and scaling up testing and treatment.

Jen has been interviewing leaders from peer and community organisations across the sector since the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown. We invited her to share her reflections about how the community sector has been engaging, adapting, and influencing its way through COVID-19.

Adaptation Engagement