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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)

Overview

We collaborate with Aboriginal Communities to:

  • Improve access to health information about viral hepatitis and liver health for Aboriginal communities
  • Break down barriers to seeking testing, and treatment where required for viral hepatitis
  • Improve access to support services for testing and treatment
  • Encourage healthy lifestyle approaches for liver health
  • Identify knowledge gaps and better understand personal experiences, to inform the development of future projects for Aboriginal communities affected by viral hepatitis

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

We are proud to share with you the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for LiverWELL endorsed by Reconciliation Australia for 2021/2022.

LiverWELL CEO Melanie Eagle said “LiverWELL is committed to an ongoing collaboration with Aboriginal Communities, acknowledging the disproportionate health burden carried by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples regarding viral hepatitis and liver disease.

Our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan demonstrates our commitment to reconciliation and we will implement it through consulting with Aboriginal Communities and organisations and being a supportive and respectful partner, working toward better health outcomes.”

Aboriginal Healthy Living Guide


Healthy Living Guide for the Aboriginal Community.
Helping you care for your liver and your mob.

Now also available in print.

The Aboriginal Healthy Living Guide is a vibrant resource that offers multiple tips and links to support healthy living in our Aboriginal Communities. It has steps that Aboriginal people can take to look after the health of their liver and promote healthy food, drink, activity and wellbeing in their family and community.

LiverWELL are grateful for input to the Guide from workers at services for Aboriginal people and community members, especially Aboriginal artist and health worker Peter Waples-Crowe, for providing cultural guidance in the finalisation of the project. The Guide was designed by Aboriginal graphic designer Sean Miller, and features a number of exciting Indigenous art pieces from The Torch Project to add to its appeal.

Printed copies can be ordered by contacting us.

Endorsements

Viral hepatitis is still an issue for the Victorian Aboriginal Community. This guide is about keeping ourselves well, and when we keep ourselves well, we improve our liver health, says Peter Waples-Crowe, Ngarigu.

The Guide is endorsed by Creative Director of the ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Kamarra Bell-Wykes, who is a strong advocate for good liver health in Aboriginal communities, and promotes understanding of the experience and stigma of liver disease. Her advice: “Love your liver! Love your life! Love yourself!”

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LiverWELL, incorporating Hepatitis Victoria, champions the interests of people affected by or at risk of viral hepatitis and liver disease.

LiverWELL acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community.

We welcome people from all cultures, nationalities and religions. Being inclusive and providing equitable services is our commitment.