Aims of the Program

ASHM recognises the vital role that practitioners working in drug and alcohol settings or with people who use drugs play in the testing, diagnosis, treatment and care of those at risk of and living with viral hepatitis. Our Viral Hepatitis and Substance Use Program aims: 

  1. To strengthen the capacity of healthcare professionals working in drug and alcohol clinics or with people who use drugs to effectively test for, treat and manage HCV infection 

  1. To support partner organisations, including community organisations, within the sector to develop, deliver and evaluate education on viral hepatitis  

  1. To advocate for safe and equitable care, free of stigma and discrimination for people with viral hepatitis  

 

Training and Development

Facilitating scale up of HCV testing and treatment in drug and alcohol clinics 

Developed in collaboration with the Kirby Institute 

3-part education program including online learning, full day face-face workshop and capacity strengthening toolkit 

RACGP and ACCRM accredited 

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Facilitating scale up of HCV testing, referral and treatment in needle and syringe programs 

2-part education program including online learning and 3-hour face-face workshop 

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Identification, treatment and support for pharmaceutical opioid dependence 

3-hour workshop  

RACP and Pharmaceutical Society of Australia accredited

 

 

International Collaborations

ASHM has collaborated with the International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU) to adapt and deliver the Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program, internationally. 

INHSU is a not-for-profit, member-based organisation dedicated to scientific knowledge exchange, knowledge translation, and advocacy focused on hepatitis C prevention and care among people who use drugs. To find out more please visit www.inhsu.org

In close partnership with local organisations, ASHM and INHSU tailor and translate the education program to ensure materials and resources meet the needs of practitioners, are in-line with local guidelines and appropriately support increased HCV screening, linkage-to-care and treatment for people living with HCV.

 

 

Meet the Team

Emma Day, Program Manager​

As Program Manager, Emma oversees all projects within the Program portfolio. She has extensive international project management and adult education experience. 
Passionate about harm reduction and ensuring hepatitis C treatment access for all, Emma is committed to contributing to policies, programs and projects based on public health and human rights that aim to reduce the health, social and economic harms associated with drug use. This includes transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and C, and overdose.  

Please feel free to contact Emma if you would like to discuss the Hepatitis and Substance Use Program in more detail.

E  emma.day@ashm.org.au
T  (02) 8204 0769

 

Nikitah Habraken, Senior Project Officer 

As Senior Project Officer working across the Viral Hepatitis and Substance Use Program, Nikitah facilitates the domestic and international roll out of the Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program. 

Nikitah holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in International Public Health. Nikitah has been with ASHM since 2014, and was until recently leading the management of ASHM's nursing program. Nikitah has many years' experience working across HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health, with a particular focus on strengthening ASHM's sexual health programs and sector partnerships.

E  nikitah.habraken@ashm.org.au
T   (02) 8204 0708

 

Olivia Dawson, Project Officer 

Olivia facilitates the development and implementation of the Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program both domestically and internationally.

E   Olivia.Dawson@ashm.org.au
T   (02) 8204 0777

 

Laina Runk, Project Officer 

Laina facilitates the development and implementation of the Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program both domestically and internationally. 

Laina also manages the NSP frontline worker education program.

E   laina.runk@ashm.org.au
T   0422 601 461