I am a Nurse who has worked in lots of different health care settings…..always seem to end up working in prison health care. Prison patient populations are disproportionately affected by blood borne viruses.
I am a HEPHero because I’ve had the privilege of being involved pretty much from the beginning in promoting the use of the extraordinarily effective and safe vaccine against hepatitis B. Initially the vaccine was costly and hardly used. The immense burden of hepatitis B and its consequences were poorly understood.
I became aware of the consequences of chronic viral hepatitis whilst working overseas in developing countries. I was even involved in mass vaccination campaigns that I now realize may have spread viral hepatitis. In emergency situations these days different technologies and resources are much improved.
I am a Hep Hero because I want to contribute my knowledge of reducing the burden of hepatitis and help the community to actively protect themselves.
“Knowledge is power” - I want to be a Hep Hero so I can be part of an amazing team who work together to raise awareness and increase knowledge of viral hepatitis among people from the culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Victoria.
I want to educate and empower the community, including people who have been affected as well as those likely to be affected by this lethal disease, and remove the stigma that’s attached to viral hepatitis.
“I am a Hep Hero because I believe that everyone can contribute to improving the health of people with hepatitis regardless of one's profession, and it starts with us."
I am a hep hero because I believe that through persisting education and a proper understanding of one another, our community, as a whole can prevent and eventually eradicate all possible forms of viral infections.
I am a social worker, student and performance poet living in Melbourne. I contracted hepatitis C when I was 14 years old through the Alfred hospital. I am a haemophiliac, which is a type of bleeding disorder, and received many blood transfusions as part of treating that condition.
I am a Hep Hero because I have always been interested in and troubled by the causes of stigma and discrimination. I believe that a diagnosis with hepatitis C can cause some people to experience fear and shame and these may lead to social isolation, low self worth and depression.
I was born in Calgary, Canada. I started working in field of hepatitis C during my PhD in Vancouver, Canada in 2005. My work was primarily focused on developing a novel model to improve access to hepatitis C care and treatment for people who inject drugs in the inner city of Vancouver in collaboration with nurses, physicians, social workers, and peers.