Employment opportunity: SAMESH team leader, Adelaide

SAMESH, January 2018

SAMESH is a partnership between SHINE SA and the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC). This partnership offers a uniquely innovative approach to HIV/STI prevention for priority populations in South Australia.

It combines the expertise of local knowledge and networks of SA’s peak sexual health organisation with the HIV-specific experience and community-led expertise and credibility of Australia’s oldest AIDS council.

SAMESH TEAM LEADER  (FULL TIME ) ADELAIDE:

You are a highly motivated leader who is passionate about the sexual health and wellbeing of LGBTI communities. You’re a collaborative team player who is focused and outcome oriented.

The South Australia Mobilisation and Empowerment for Sexual Health (SAMESH) program delivers a range of preventative and health promotion strategies targeting gay men, people living with HIV/AIDS and other at risk and/or affected communities.

The SAMESH Team Leader leads SAMESH in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the strategic plan and activities of the program. they contribute to the continuous improvement of the Team through the sharing of skills, knowledge and expertise. These responsibilities are undertaken in accordance with VAC objectives and values, within the strategic directions and policies set by the Board, and under the direction of the Director, Health Promotion and Policy.

This position is permanent, full-time (funding dependent). The Team Leader position is subject to a three month probationary period.

Applications close Midnight, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 and should be marked ‘Confidential Recruitment’, addressed to Johann Ruth and emailed to recruitment@vac.org.au

To apply for this position:

• Please download and review the Position Description

• Send your resume, how you fit our key selection criteria and a cover letter to recruitment@vac.org.au

• Applications close: Midnight, Wednesday 31 January 2018..

For further enquiries please contact: Johann Ruth: Johann.Ruth@vac.org.au (03) 9865 6700

Please note to apply for this position you must have the right to work in Australia. Offers of employment will be subject to both Police and Working with Children Checks.

Evidence-Informed Public Health: resources and information

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (Canada), 2017

Evidence-Informed Public Health is the process of distilling and disseminating the best available evidence from research, context and experience, and using that evidence to inform and improve public health practice and policy.

Put simply, it means finding, using and sharing what works in public health.

Canada’s NCCMT has a range of tools and resources on Evidence-Informed Public Health,  from factsheets to online learning modules.

  • Access EIPH resources here 

Andrews Government backflips on safe injecting room trial because current drug policy ‘not working’

ABC News, 31/10/2017

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said he changed his mind about supporting a safe injecting room trial in inner Melbourne because a jump in the number of overdoses showed the current approach was failing.

The Government has confirmed it will hold a two-year trial a centre at heroin hotspot North Richmond under a bold plan that includes tougher penalties for drug traffickers.

The medically supervised service will be run at North Richmond Community Health, which is already handing out a million syringes every month.

Punishing one person for STI transmission weakens public health efforts

The Conversation, September 21, 2017

Is one person to blame if another gets a sexually transmissible infection (STI)? In most Australian states, if you have certain STIs, you have a legal responsibility to notify your potential sexual partners.

The idea that punishing STI exposure or transmission will decrease rates of infection is not supported by global research on HIV, and there is no reason to believe this would be any different for other STIs.

Serving up inequality: How sex and gender impact women’s relationship with food

Women’s Health Victoria, September 2017

This issues paper explores various aspects of women’s health relating to food. These include the impacts of nutritional deficiency, the links between nutrition and chronic disease and women’s food-related behaviours.

Gender itself is a key structural determinant of women’s health and inequality, playing out in women’s roles in relation to food, in psychosocial health and the socio-economic factors that impact on access to nutritious food.

Controversy exists in public health and health promotion about the approach and key messages that should be adopted in relation to food-related behaviours and body size to promote ‘health’ and prevent illness for women. This paper outlines various perspectives in this discourse and highlights principles and recommendations for designing health promotion programs and managing the risks of public health messages.

People who use drugs require prioritisation not exclusion in efforts to eliminate Hepatitis C

6th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users,  6th Sept 2017

An international conference bringing together hepatitis C experts from around the world is today calling for strategies to prioritise people who use drugs, saying hepatitis C elimination is impossible without them.

“The number of people around the world dying from hepatitis C is increasing. We have the tools to reverse this trend, to eliminate this disease and save millions of lives. But it will not happen until people who use drugs become a focus of our efforts,” said Associate Professor Jason Grebely, President of the International Network of Hepatitis C in Substance Users (INHSU), the convenors of the conference.