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HEP Hero Roz Blades

February 7, 2019

Cr Roz Blades

Mayor of the City of Greater Dandenong

I would like to participate in being a HEP Hero because the more people become involved, the better.  Being a HEP Hero is valuable if it helps the community at large understand hepatitis.

I am 70 years old and have always lived with difficult health issues, so I understand what it feels like to be unwell.  I have been elected in local government for a long time and come from a community and private health background.

I don’t come from a political base and I want to work with a multicultural community explaining hepatitis.

I am very proud of being Mayor of the most multicultural city in Australia and want the best for our people, in as much as providing information about hepatitis.

I first came into contact with hepatitis during my discoveries about the needle and syringe exchange programme and how hepatitis can be contracted. I am aware though that there are other ways of contracting hepatitis. I have read a lot about it and go to seminars when possible.

It was especially pleasing to have Melanie Eagle the CEO of Hepatitis Victoria to a council forum and learn more first hand from the many doctors that attended. I am much more knowledgeable now and want to pass that knowledge on by being a HEP Hero.

It is imperative in a multicultural community to work with our many different community groups, e.g. SICMAA (Vietnamese) to explain the disease. I am a great believer in the provision of health information and as such we as a city have a responsibility to provide this information

Roz’s message to others…

We can’t do everything on our own.  By collaborating we can provide more information and better health outcomes.

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