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RECRUITMENT 1: Hepatitis C Community Testing Peer Worker

ABOUT THE ROLE
Hepatitis NSW are expanding our peer-implemented hepatitis C testing EMPOWER project by recruiting more people with lived experience of hep C to become community testing peer workers.
This EMPOWER Study is one of the first in the world where peer workers (people with lived experience of hepatitis C) engage, enrol, and provide rapid testing to people at risk of or living with hep C themselves.
Extensive, paid training will be provided so no previous experience is required. You will work closely with the Program Officer, fellow peer workers, other Hepatitis NSW staff, and healthcare partners to deliver this community testing program. Hepatitis NSW’s peer workers aim to make access to appropriate healthcare simple, quick, and barrier-free for people living with or at-risk of hepatitis C. The role will require work around the Sydney Metro area and possible regional areas of NSW in the future. The role requires light physical demands such as transporting resources. A NSW driver’s licence is a bonus but not a requirement. This role is casual, paid hourly, and the work is irregular. Outreach engagements are usually 3-6 hours long and happen no more than once per week.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE, ATTITUDES AND KNOWLEDGE
• Lived experience of hepatitis C and treatment, either Direct Acting Antiviral pills or Interferon injections.
• Effective written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to learn and confidently use computer programs and phone apps.
• Knowledge of the key health, legal, and other issues for people with lived experience of hepatitis C.
• Skill in working with and responding to the needs of community members from a wide range of social, cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds.
• Experience or willingness to work in challenging environments and demonstrated ability to work with a non-judgmental attitude towards people of all genders, ethnicities, cultures, religions, and backgrounds.
• Ability to form and maintain strong relationships with our external healthcare partners.

ABOUT HEPATITIS NSW
Hepatitis NSW is a health promotion charity founded by the hepatitis community that works to educate, support, and inform around hepatitis B, hepatitis C and liver health. We’re the peak body for hepatitis B and C in NSW and work across the state. There are currently 19 office-based staff members, approximately 35 casual staff and a team of volunteers. Hepatitis NSW has been a leader in hepatitis C peer programs for many years and our peer workers are highly regarded across NSW and Australia.
Learn more about us and what we do at www.hep.org.au.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply for this role, please click ‘Apply Now‘ and fill in the application form. No resume or a cover letter required. We’ll get back to you to discuss a short and informal interview for the role in July.
Please download the job pack for more details about the role and our organisation.

INFORMATION
For more information about this role, if you need any clarification, or if you’d simply like to chat about the position, please contact:

Kyle Leadbeatter, Program Manager – Priority Populations and Settings, [email protected]
02 8217 7707

Pippa Bray, Program Officer, [email protected]
using the subject line: Hepatitis C Community Testing Peer Worker enquiry via Champion

Applications always open. Current intake closes 5:00 PM AEST, 19th July 2024

RECRUITMENT 2: Custody to Community Project Officer

ABOUT THE ROLE
Custody to Community is a new Hepatitis NSW project to assist people exiting prison while on hepatitis C treatment, to complete their 12-week treatment course and get tested to check that they are cured upon completion. The role is based on the Mid-North Coast, 14 hours (2 days) per week. The MNC Project Officer will work closely with the Sydney Project Officer and Justice Health NSW to determine those people in the Mid-North Coast Correctional Centre at Kempsey currently on hepatitis C treatment and are within 6 – 8 weeks of release. The MNC Project Officer will contact that client in prison, build rapport, and establish ways to contact and connect with them upon release. The MNC Project Officer will support the client in continuing their treatment post release, linking up with any relevant hepatitis services, and facilitating testing after completion of treatment to check if they are cured. Contact post-release will be via phone only.

KEY AREAS OF WORK
• Developing and implementing the Custody to Community project.
• Working closely with Justice Health to establish systems to connect with people in prison who are on hep C treatment and due for release in the near future.
• Working closely with the Sydney Project Officer to build, implement, and evaluate the project.
• Establishing strong and diverse relationships with partners who can provide continuity of care to people exiting the criminal justice system.
• Develop a strong suite of referral links and pathways to assist clients with addressing non-hepatitis issues after release from prison.
• Building strong data collection and evaluation tools to build a strong evidence base for the program and meet key performance indicators.
• Contacting people in prison to establish rapport in order to assist with their treatment continuation post-release.
• Contacting people post-release via phone to ensure continuity of care, completion of treatment, and testing for cure (SVR testing).

HOW TO APPLY
To submit an application please do so through the Ethical Jobs portal

INFORMATION
For more information about this role, if you need any clarification, or if you’d simply like to chat about the position, please contact:

Kyle Leadbeatter, Program Manager – Priority Populations and Settings, [email protected]
02 8217 7707

Applications close: Wednesday 3 July, 9.00am

Granville Mental Health Expo 2024

Hepatitis NSW staff members, Willis and Emma, continue our collaboration with the Storr Liver Clinic-Westmead to promote hepatitis awareness, provide liver screening and hep C testing. Our latest community event was held at the Granville Centre with approximately 250 people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds attending. 38 attendees completed liver screenings, learned about general liver health including hepatitis B and C. Stay tuned for more info as our point-of-care testing is rolled out in August at TAFE Colleges in Granville, Lidcombe and Padstow.

Willis and Emma

#HEPCURED outreach is touring NSW

Hep Cured mobile bill board

As part of NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week, leading into World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, Hepatitis NSW will be running our annual hep C campaign throughout the July. NSW-wide advertising will feature across multiple platforms and settings, including train station billboards, regional bus panels, posters in washrooms, social media and much more. #HEPCURED is promoting the message that curing your hep C has never been more effective — the new treatment is a #game-changer:

• cures over 95% of people and has very few side-effects
• no injections, no interferon
• takes 8 or 12 weeks
• can be prescribed in your area in NSW at local clinics by community doctors and nurse practitioners
• and taking the first step can begin with talking to us on the Hepatitis Infoline now

Additionally, the #HEPCURED Mobile Mural (travelling advertising billboard) will be on the road, getting to communities across NSW, and prominently displayed and parked at locations where hep C testing and information is being provided by clinical staff and peer workers—people with lived-experience of hep C who you can talk to. FIND OUT WHERE #HEPCURED IS TOURING.

Aboriginal Health Worker-led community engagement

Koolyangarra

Aboriginal Health Worker-led community engagement is aiming to inform how hep C health promotion can be improved. Hepatitis NSW has run various hep C testing and treatment awareness campaigns since 2017. This year, one of our major areas of campaign development focuses on encouraging and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to undertake liver health care critical to improved health outcomes.

An Aboriginal Health Worker-led community engagement project is currently underway with Hepatitis NSW consulting directly with community members across sites in NSW – aiming to identify the drivers and motivators of First Nations peoples to undertake testing for, and treatment of, hep C. Additionally within these consults, we are seeking to test and measure the accessibility, relatability, and appropriateness of our current HEP CURED campaign – to see how current messaging and imagery is resonating.

One such community engagement took place in May 2024 at Cranebrook, Sydney – co-facilitated with Hepatitis NSW Project Engagement Officer, Maia, and Aboriginal Peer Educator and Outreach Specialist, Rodd.

“There are all of these things that go from me telling someone that if you are hep C positive that it is a really simple treatment of pills,” says Rodd. “That person often has to jump through hoops to get there – to finally starting the medication.”

Rodd provides insights from his work as a peer educator at Parker NSP in the Nepean Blue Mountains.

“Getting to doctors for fibro-scans and more bloods, the lack of transport, and lack of ability to get a script written because someone is in a remote area are some of those barriers.”

We thank our collaborating partners from the HIV/Hepatitis and Related Programs Aboriginal Health Workers Network (HAHN) who have made this work possible and will be sharing and publishing feedback and insights from these consultations later in the year.

Every Yarn Counts

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are disproportionately represented in hepatitis C cases, largely driven by social factors including poverty, lack of access to culturally safe health services, incarceration, and intergenerational trauma. Although hepatitis C rates are steadily declining across Australia, this trend is not reflected in Aboriginal populations, where the need for accelerated treatment remains critical. The “Every Yarn Counts” campaign and website seeks to normalise discussions about hepatitis C in the community, eliminating barriers, stigma, and misconceptions associated with the disease and encouraging people to get tested and treated.

“Aboriginal people are being left behind because they aren’t receiving the necessary treatment,” Troy Combo, Bundjalung man and program manager of Burnet Institute’s Aboriginal Health Plan. “Hepatitis C is curable. There is no shame in being treated, and treatment is now easier and more accessible.”

The campaign is being implemented by a network of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across the country to reach people in their communities. It was co-designed for the community, by the community. Dr Dawn Casey, Deputy CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) said the campaign will empower Aboriginal people to take charge of their health.

A national reference group was involved in the co-design process and comprised members from Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations State Aboriginal health and medical research councils and the Eliminate Hepatitis C Partnership Australia team at Burnet Institute. The co-design ensures culturally safe and responsive care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples nationally without the shame or stigma often associated with hepatitis C

Our Hepatitis NSW Volunteers

My name is Lijo, born, raised and educated in the beautiful Indian city of New Delhi. My work experience in Stakeholder Management, Research & Development, Sales, Team Lead and particularly Customer Experience are a great fit for my current volunteer work with Hepatitis NSW. I volunteer because I like to help those in need. Volunteering improves our social and communication skills with different audiences and helps us to fulfill our purpose and overcome the sense of detachment that reigns today. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and build friendships while creating a stronger and more resilient community by supporting local organisations and initiatives. I remember my early days as a volunteer with the Indian NGO, Child Rights and You (cry.org), I learnt so much and saw such great outcomes that I was inspired to continue my volunteer work here in Sydney alongside my other passions, playing badminton and cricket.

Yay! Tax Time!

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Hepatitis NSW is a registered health promotion charity. Donating to a Deductible Gift Recipient organisation like ours provides tax benefits. Please consider making a donation yourself and/or share this link Donate to Hepatitis NSW with your colleagues, friends and family. All donations help us provide support and services to people living with, at-risk of, and affected by viral hepatitis in NSW. People undergoing testing, treatment, care and experiencing hepatitis related discrimination, or who may be afraid to seek support, will benefit from your donation. 

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