I am a great believer in men taking charge of their health and having regular tests - which many men never do until it is too late.
I respect the wonderful work and prevention of hepatitis being promoted by Hepatitis Victoria.
My involvement has led me to understand the importance of educating the community about hepatitis.
Stigma and disapproving attitudes often associated with hepatitis are unjustified, and the available mechanisms for testing, treating and cures are easy to access.
I initiated a project within Rotary through my membership of the Rotary Club of Melbourne.
I am part of the Melbourne Rotary Club Team and the "End Hepatitis Now" Project that supports the education and dissemination of information about viral hepatitis to other Rotary Clubs.
I feel strongly and passionately that all Australians should have equitable access to high quality healthcare and that stigma and discrimination should not be a barrier to receiving that care or be contributors to preventable deaths from untreated or managed viral hepatitis.
I’m a registered nurse of 20 years, and have always worked with vulnerable communities. I worked in South Sudan for Doctors Without Borders, and have a background in blood-borne viruses (BBVs), infectious diseases, refugee health and emergency departments. Currently I am working as a nurse with Victoria Police.
My favourite moments are when sharing information, building understanding and answering concerns about COVID-19 and liver health with the Vietnamese Seniors community.
New treatments welcomed but we still need awareness and early detection...