International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day

At Hepatitis NSW, we value and adore our many hard-working volunteers!

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

For more info on International Volunteer Day visit here >>

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National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. Thank you for putting your hands up and waving your appreciation for volunteers during National Volunteer Week 2020.

For more info, visit the Volunteering Australia site >>

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World Mental Health Day

1 in 5 Australians are affected by mental illness annually, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritising mental health and wellbeing has been more important than ever. This World Mental Health Day – October 10 – the message is simple: “Look after your mental health, Australia.”

For more info, go the the Look After Your Mental Health Australia site, here >>


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Health Literacy Month

At Hepatitis NSW, we value how important it is for people to be able to understand how to best look after their health. When people use difficult medical terms and jargon, it can have huge impacts on the access people have to healthcare.

Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. This annual, worldwide, awareness-raising event has been going strong ever since Helen Osborne founded it in 1999.

For more info on how to support Health Literacy Month, click here >>

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No fake news. Hep C training session

Hepatitis NSW are hosting a hepatitis C training session Thursday July 30th at 2pm. 

The session will be delivered via Zoom and commence promptly at 2pm running to 3:30pm.

The Eventbrite invitation link here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/no-fake-news-hep-c-treatment-works-tickets-114253846330 you will need to register.

During the COVID-19 pandemic period the state-wide training offers an excellent opportunity for you meet and see some of the incredible people working in this sector across NSW.

You will hear from Hepatitis NSW expert educators and peer workers who will bust myths, break down fake news and get the real story about hepatitis C this Hepatitis Awareness Week.

This session is appropriate for LHD staff, people working in Alcohol and Other Drugs, Community Health and Mental Health.

Topic: No Fake News: hep C treatments work
Time: Jul 30, 2020 02:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

This 1 hour 30 minute session will cover:

  • What hep C is, its impact on the body and how it’s transmitted
  • Prevalence of hep C in NSW and local communities
  • What’s involved in hep C screening and what your clients need to know
  • The new Dried-blood spot (DBS) testing demonstration
  • The difference between old interferon and new Direct-Acting Antiviral treatments
  • Identifying and removing barriers to healthcare
  • How to link your clients to a local GP treating hep C
  • Where to get diverse resources for free
  • Hear from someone with lived experience of hep C and the new treatments

Please take the time to attend this session I am sure it will be informative, engaging and also a bit of fun.

Link to Zoom meeting is below and there is also a dial in option.

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Meeting ID: 881 1082 9806

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+61 2 8015 6011 Australia
Meeting ID: 881 1082 9806

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INHSU 2020: 9th International Conference on Hepatitis Care in Substances Users


The INHSU annual conference is a unique opportunity to connect with the global community working to improve health outcomes for people who use drugs including the prevention, treatment and care of hepatitis C. The conference is hosted by the International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU).

For more information or to register, go to the INHSU website>>

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National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

National Volunteer Week 2020 will run from Monday 18 May – Sunday 24 May 2020. 

The theme for National Volunteer Week 2020 is “Changing Communities. Changing Lives”

For more information about National Volunteer Week, click here >>

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National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day is a significant day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and particularly for Stolen Generations survivors.

The idea of holding a ‘Sorry Day’ was first mentioned as one of the 54 recommendations of the Bringing them home report, which was tabled in Parliament on 26 May 1997. This report was the result of a two year National Inquiry into the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families, communities and cultural identity.

On 26 May 1998 the first ‘Sorry Day’ was held in Sydney, it is now commemorated across Australia, with many thousands of people participating in memorials and commemorative events, in acknowledgement of the Stolen Generations.

For more information, click here >>

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Men’s Health Week

For Men’s Health Week communities across Australia come together and create fun and engaging events, promotions and activities tailored to the needs of men and boys. These events focus on improving and maintaining the health of our men, boys and their families, and having those meaningful conversations about the factors that keep us healthy in body and mind.

For more info, click here >>

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National Reconciliation Week

The 2020 NRW theme is: In This Together

National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared histories, contributions and achievements. It is held annually from 27 May to 3 June and is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May, National Reconciliation Week is framed by two key events in Australia’s history, which provide strong symbols for reconciliation:

  • 27 May 1967 – the referendum that saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Indigenous people and recognise them in the census.
  • 3 June 1992 – the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, which recognised that Indigenous people have a special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights known as native title. Mabo Day is held 3 June to celebrate the life of Eddie Koiki Mabo.

To read the Hepatitis NSW Reconciliation Action Plan, click here >>

For more information about National Reconciliation Week, click here >>

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