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Slideshow scroll-down | #HEPCURED 2023 campaign highlights

Slideshow scroll-down | #HEPCURED 2023 campaign highlights
Photo: Redfern Oval, Sydney (17-18 July)

Our campaign kicked off in the heart of Redfern with the Sydney Local Health District’s Mobile Health Clinic van which parked side-by-side with the #HEPCURED Mural. Team Lead Eli Ryan, and clinical leads Jordan Brown (Hepatology RN) and Sinead Sheils (Hepatology NP) provided on-site community dry-blood spot (DBS) hep C testing with over 45 tests conducted over the 2 days.

Photo: Goulburn Community Health Centre (19 July)

Staff from Southern NSW Local Health District, including Fiona McKenna (Hep C Treatment Nurse) and Kevin Schamburg (HARP Program Coordinator) pose with the #HEPCURED Mural which parked at the front of the Goulburn Community Health Centre. The message on hep C testing and treatment was not only for the benefit of community members, but for promoting to clinical staff and other allied health services passing through – such as, Mission Australia and Mandala House (an addiction treatment centre in Goulburn).

Photo: Unanderra Community Centre, Wollongong (19 July)

At this free grocery day community event, Connie Graf (Viral Hepatitis Health Education Officer) led community outreach activities with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District C-Side van which was organised as a hep C point-of-care testing and treatment station.

Photos: Wagga Health Services Hub (20 July)

Staff from Murrumbidgee Local Health District, including Sally-Anne Brennan (Health Promotion Officer) and RN Katie Mulqueeney, take a break to pose with #HEPCURED Mural, which was parked directly in front of the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital where the hepatitis treatment nurse was available to talk to people and hep C DBS testing was on offer.

Photo: Kibble Park, Gosford (21 July)

Staff from Central Coast Local Health District, including Amanda Burfitt (NSP Team Leader) and Jason van Ritten (HARP Health Promotion) stationed the #HEPCURED Mural in downtown Gosford as an opportunity to promote their hep C testing and treatment services to their local community partners, including the local Aboriginal Medical Service, and other allied health services.

Photos: Blue Mountains Trainline (throughout July-August)

Train commuters on the Blue Mountains trainline would viewed #HEPCURED advertising in selected train carriages, courtesy of Nepean Blue Mountains and Western Sydney Local Health Districts.

Photo: Malabar Beach, Sydney (23 July)

#HEPCURED street banners were colourfully displayed across prominent city locations within the City of Sydney and Randwick City Councils – Oxford Street (Darlinghurst), Kings Cross, Broadway, and Malabar Beach. These were organised through Sydney and Southeast Sydney Local Health Districts.

Photos: Bulli, Illawarra (24 July)

Local WIN News Illawarra spoke to William (Bill) Leane, who was diagnosed with hep C in the 1970s. Learning from mistakes made in years gone by, he has become a fierce advocate, and with World Hepatitis Day he was encouraging others to get checked and treated. Bill was interviewed alongside Hepatitis NSW Chief Executive, Steven Drew.

Photos: Herbert Street Clinic, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney (24 July)

Staff from North Sydney Local Health District, including Peter Ellis-Jones (RUSH Manager) and Anne Lunon (HARP Manager) pose with the #HEPCURED Mural parked in front of RUSH (Needle & Syringe Program, Responsive User Services in Health).

Photos: Surry Hills Langton Centre, St George AOD, Maroubra Salvation Army, Sydney (24-26 July)

Various hep C testing and health promotion activities were organised throughout the Southeast Sydney Local Health District. One of these included an outreach hep C DBS testing site set-up in Maroubra, held in conjunction with the Salvation Army’s community lunch service. The outreach was coordinated by a staff team led by Julie Coutelas (HARP Senior Project Officer), joined by Hepatitis NSW Peers, and resulted in the provision of 20 hep C DBS tests.

Photos: MacArthur Gateway, Campbelltown (27 July)

The Southwest Sydney Local Health District coordinated an outreach hep C DBS testing service at Macarthur Gateway, Rondu House, led by Rummana Shafein (HARP Health Promotion) which resulted in 24 tests. The community event was a free BBQ where other services were present, including Neami National Campbelltown and Mission Australia. Other hep C outreach sites that day were held in Miller/Liverpool Sydney, with Mark Sessions and the SWSLHD Harm Reduction Program team.

Photos: Dubbo, Parkes and Forbes (26-28 July)

Various hep C testing and treatment promotion sites were organised with Far West and Western NSW Local Health Districts, led by CNC Katherine McQuillan. The #HEPCURED artwork was transposed onto the back window of their mobile clinic van, as a decal display.

Photo: Mt Druitt, Sydney (28 July)

Western Sydney Local health District staff, led by HARP Health Promotion Officer Anju Devkota and the Storr Liver Centre at the Westmead Institutes, engaged community members at Dawson’s Mall in Mt Druitt, Sydney. Their mobile clinic van was parked alongside the #HEPCURED Mural with Hepatitis NSW staff and Peer workers supporting activities.

Photo: Lismore, Northern Rivers (31 July-1 August)

Staff from the Northern NSW and Mid North Coast Local Health Districts held a special two-day event joined by local communities to relaunch the newly opened Lismore Liver Clinic as part of Hepatitis Awareness Week events. Local comedian Mandy Nolan was there as MC, along with Steven Drew, Hepatitis NSW Chief Executive Officer. CNC Alexandra Wade and her team ran hep C testing and treatment promotion from the mobile van.

Photo: Lismore, Tweed Heads, and Grafton (2-3 August)

Continuing the activities in Lismore, the Mid North Coast Liver Clinics Team Leader and CNC Alexandra Wade, led the hep C testing activities via the ‘big blue van’ in Tweed Heads and Grafton. She is joined by LHD staff and Hepatitis NSW peer workers.

Photo: Newtown, Sydney (4 August)

Closing the #HEPCURED Mural tour in Sydney, Hepatitis NSW staff and peer workers joined Sydney Local health District in a busy day of hep C testing in one of inner-Sydney’s thrumming community hubs, Newtown Pride Square, where 45 DBS tests were collected in one day.

Photo: Across NSW and online (July-August)

#HEPCURED advertising placements appeared far and wide in NSW:  As posters in washrooms, bus shelters in regional towns, billboards at selected Sydney train stations; and as a social media campaign via Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Photo: Hepatitis Infoline, Sydney Head Quarters

Hepatitis Infoline Coordinator, Susanne Wilkinson, is an integral voice to the service who notes, “The #HEPCURED campaign brings numerous calls form community who are seeking pathways to treatment and support services; as well as, services wanting to to be listed on our Hepatitis Service Directory.”

Photo: Newcastle, Hunter New England NSW (10 August)

Staff from Hunter New England Local Health District (Liver Care team and HARP), in partnership with their NUAA peer workers were at the Hunter Homeless Connect Hub. They organised #HEPCURED branded merchandise as an incentivised community giveaway.

The #HEPCURED Mobile Mural was tracked by our social media (Twitter: @HepatitisNSW | Instagram: @hepatitis_nsw | Facebook: HepNSW), documenting events stops and activities along the way.

The full itinerary #HEPCURED NSW Mural Tour 2023 was also advertised >>> CLICK HERE

For more information about HEP CURED >>> CLICK HERE

ANY QUESTIONS? Please contact:  Saysana Sirimanotham — Hepatitis NSW Campaigns Project Officer — [email protected]

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