I am a HEP Hero because: I believe in taking the discrimination out of any interaction between those who have and those who do not have (from blood borne viruses to skin colour)
As the Greater Dandenong Mayor and a hepatitis C sufferer, I’m hoping by sharing my story I can reach out to the wider community to help them understand the seriousness of this disease and the treatment options available.
I trained as an infectious diseases physician because of the enormous ability you have to support individuals and communities to live healthier lives.
Along the way I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside some truly phenomenal health professionals who dedicate themselves to hepatitis care, compassion and the quest for cures.
I’m a nurse working at St Vincent’s in Melbourne. I started here in 2011 as an “interferon nurse” as we were known back then! I’m now working with a great team running the hepatitis assessment and treatment program in Victorian prisons.
“I am passionate about health education to increase knowledge and change attitudes towards and I want to be part of a team which paves the way to eliminate viral hepatitis.”
“I am a HEP Hero because as an immigration lawyer and registered migration agent I’ve represented clients with viral infections including chronic viral hepatitis for many years”
Growing up in the Philippines, hepatitis was always something your parents warned you about, along the lines of “don’t eat street food, you’ll get hepatitis”. I don’t remember ever being told what hepatitis was, so I just assumed it was a strain of gastro and avoided street food.
I have spent much of my career working as a community pharmacist around Australia. My experiences working within many diverse communities led me to a Masters of Public Health, with a particular interest in helping to improve health within some of our marginalized communities.
I have lived in Greater Dandenong for almost 20 years and I am a local lawyer and former SBS radio broadcaster.
Over the years, as an active community member and Councillor, I have had the opportunity to listen to and connect with people from all walks of life who call our city home, to listen to their needs and to support them through their challenges
As a Master of Public Health student, I’m passionate and believe in contributing to and acting in collaboration with World Health Organisation’s sustainable development goals. To achieve this, the eradication of infectious disease is fundamental.