Striving towards the elimination of HCV infection among PWID

International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 72,Pages 1-198 (October 2019)

Nearly 200 pages of open access articles from projects and research around the world.

While this special issue highlights some successful efforts towards HCV elimination among people who inject drugs, it also highlights the relative lack of attention to settings in which resources enabling elimination are scarce, and where elimination hopes and potentials are less clear, such as in many low and middle income countries. Strengthening capacity in areas of the world where resources are more limited will be a critical step towards ensuring equity for all so that global HCV elimination among PWID can be achieved.

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Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of existing needle and syringe programmes in preventing hepatitis C transmission in PWID

Drug and Alcohol Findings (UK), 2019

What would happen to rates of infection with hepatitis C if we closed down all the needle exchanges? Research has established that needle/syringe programmes are a cost-effective way to reduce spread of HIV, but just two studies have considered the same issue in relation to hepatitis C.

In three UK municipalities, the answers were predicted to be more infections, lost low-cost opportunities to improve and save lives, and in two of the areas, greater health-related costs overall. Conclusion was that these services are among the best investments UK health services can make.

Melbourne’s first safe injecting room, clean, sterile and ‘will save lives’

ABC News, 29.6.18

Up to 300 people a day are expected to use Victoria’s first medically supervised drug injecting room when it opens in the coming days.

The Victorian Government committed to a two-year trial at the North Richmond Community Health Centre, after three separate coroners called for a supervised space.

Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said it would save lives.

Forum: Engaging Marginalised Populations in Hepatitis C Treatment

Hepatitis SA, January 2018

Hepatitis SA invites you to The 2018 HepLINK Forum:
Engaging Marginalised Populations in Hepatitis C Treatment

Thjis will be held on Thursday, 1 March, 11am–2pm (lunch provided), at the Education Development Centre (EDC), 4 Milner St, Hindmarsh.

  • Keynote speaker:
    Dr Phillip Read, Director, Kirketon Road Centre
    Dr Phillip Read is a sexual health physician and the Director of the Kirketon Road Centre in Sydney’s Kings Cross. Kirketon Road is a primary health care facility involved in the prevention, treatment and care of HIV, hepatitis and STIs among people who inject drugs, sex workers and at-risk young people.
    PLUS
  •  Rosalie Altus, Practice Consultant Viral Hepatitis Liaison Nurse, Flinders Medical Centre
  • Panel discussion with guest speakers representing the Aboriginal, youth, regional, multicultural and CNP sectors across South Australia

Please RSVP to admin@hepatitissa.asn.au by Friday 23 February, 2018.

For further information about the event, please phone Tess on 8362 8443.

Changes to CNP services in SA

SA Health, October 2017

From 1 January 2018, Mission Australia Hindmarsh Centre after-hours Clean Needle Program (CNP) service component (Monday to Friday 5pm to 8pm) will discontinue. However, the daytime CNP service at the Hindmarsh Centre, provided by Hepatitis SA staff will continue Monday to Friday 1.30pm to 5.00pm, with syringe vending machine services available 24 hours per day 7 days per week until 30 June 2018.

The following expanded after-hours CNP service options will become available to clients in the Adelaide metropolitan area in October and November 2017:

  1. NEW  Uniting Communities Hendon CNP service details – opening Monday 9th October 2017:
  • 45-47 Tapleys Hill Rd, Hendon (ph) 8202 5610
  • After-hours CNP service Monday to Sunday 5.00pm to 12.00am (midnight).
  • Daytime CNP service Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
  • 1 x syringe vending machine available 24 hrs per day 7 days per week from mid-October onwards
  1. NEW Thursday night DASSA Central Stepney after-hours CNP service details – opening Thursday 16th November 2017:
  • 91 Magill Rd, Stepney (ph) 7245 5080
  • After hours CNP service Thursdays only 5.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Daytime CNP service Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • 2 x syringe vending machines available 24hrs per day 7 days per week.

Syringe vending machines continue to be available 24hr per day 7 days per week at the following locations in SA:

  • NORTH – DASSA Northern Service, 22 Langford Drive, ELIZABETH.
  • SOUTH – Noarlunga Health Village, Alexander Kelly Drive, NOARLUNGA
  • EAST – DASSA Central Service, 91 Magill Rd, STEPNEY
  • WEST – Hindmarsh Centre, 35 Richards St, HINDMARSH.

Free community CNP sites across South Australia:

  • For a complete list of all free community CNP sites across South Australia, type “Clean Needle Program SA” into the Google search bar and then click on the link for “Clean Needle Program Sites List – SA Health”.
  • OR  call  the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1300 131 340

For further information:

Please contact the Clean Needle Program by phoning (08) 7425 5080

 

 

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.