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Celebrating LIVERability all over Victoria

August 1, 2019

Every
year Hepatitis Victoria
celebrates World Hepatitis Day (28
July) with the
LIVERability Festival, a calendar of activities and events in July
and throughout August. To encourage community participation, we offer small
grants of 
up to

$1,000
to community and not-for-profit organisations to conduct activities that raise
awareness of viral hepatitis and reduce the stigma and discrimination
associated with the disease.
See photo highlights.

We also encourage those groups focused on improving
liver health to apply.

“The grants program has been running for nine years
and is very enthusiastically received by organisations across the whole of
Victoria and this year was no exception,” said Martin Forrest, Health Promotion
Programs Manager.

A total of 30 applications were received this year with 21
grants awarded. Grants have been awarded to various groups including those in
the alcohol and other drugs, cultural and linguistically diverse and Indigenous
sectors.

“The activities funded by the grants are as
various as the groups themselves; they include a 45-minute lecture and quiz in
Chinese with catering, a 3-day BBQ and onsite testing campaign, Hep bingo, healthy
cooking demonstration or Ilbijeri play and dinner with information session,” said
Martin.

“What is fantastic
is that we reach hundreds of people in the very heart of their communities, providing
a platform (and usually lunch or a tea) with the message about taking care of
your liver health and getting tested and treated if you are living with viral hepatitis,”
he said.

Congratulations to all the grant recipients. A full
list is as follows:

 

Organisation Event Priority group
Austin health – Liver clinic Talk at the hospital Austin health CEO, gastro specialists General health
Association of Hazaras in Victoria Presentations for Dari language students CALD
Bellarine community health NSP Info session and afternoon tea for community and health service staff AOD/NSP
Your community health Afternoon tea and education presentation General health
Njernda Aboriginal Cooperation Lunch aboard paddle steamer with speakers during the lunch Indigenous
Hume Afghan Association Saturday education day with lunch, female and male groups

will participate with HV as liver health ambassadors

CALD
Holden St neighbourhood house Community lunch with liver health theme General community
Pakistan Welfare Organisation in Australia Pakistan Independence Day celebration – HV stall and talk CALD
Chinese Association of Monash Lecture for volunteers and members of the association CALD
Common Ground Elizabeth St Lived experience speaker, onsite testing with info booth and health
lunch
AOD/homelessness
Chinese Community Health advisory of Australia 45 min lecture with catering quiz etc in Chinese CALD
Cohealth Healthworks Find the missing millions awareness raising day – activities to be
chosen in consultation with service users
AOD/NSP
Access health NSP 3-day BBQ and onsite testing campaign AOD/NSP
SHARPS Hepatitis awareness week – week of food and special guests onsite AOD/NSP
NRCH AOD outreach Mobile lunch and education to outreach clients AOD/NSP
Cohealth Innerspace Healthy cooking class and finale day BBQ and guests, talks etc AOD/NSP
VAHS Breakfast at VAHS with guest speakers Indigenous
Salvation Army Flagstaff Hep Bingo and lunch Homelessness
Rumbalara Ilbijeri play and dinner with information session Indigenous
Barwon Health AOD team Week-long campaign and raffle AOD/NSP
Thomas Embling Cooking demonstration and information session for residents and
family
Forensic mental health

Grants for 2020 will open early next year and to be eligible you will need
to be:

A community or not for profit organisation based
within the Australian state of Victoria

Agree to have a Hepatitis Victoria staff member
attend the event, and conduct an education session

Advertise your event or activity to your community

Provide photos and an evaluation report to
Hepatitis Victoria following the event

For more information contact: Martin Forrest Tel:03 9385 9111 Email: Martin@hepvic.org.au

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