Youth At Risk - Preventing Hepatitis C among young people who are injecting - A training package for youth workers

“Young injectors and young people at risk of injecting have low levels of knowledge not only about hepatitis C, but also the existence of and supports available at harm reduction services, including NSPs. They also do not see hepatitis C as relevant to them.” (Bryant et. Al. p1, 2012)

Youth workers have been identified as a group that could provide vital harm reduction information for young people at risk of injecting. However, many youth workers feel reluctant to raise the issue because of a lack of accurate and up to date knowledge on hepatitis c and other harm reduction services. Many are also unsure of how to raise the issue of injecting drug use with young people.

What was the Youth at Risk Program?

The Youth at Risk training was a one-day workshop that aimed to increase the knowledge and confidence of youth workers about hepatitis C and other blood borne viruses so they can effectively engage with young people who may be exposed to injecting drug use.

What did the Youth at Risk training include?

  • Understanding the A, B & C hepatitis viruses and their distinguishing differences including transmission, testing and treatment
  • Understanding the contexts for young people and hepatitis C including predictors for young people transitioning into injecting
  • Learning new engaging educational activities they can use to deliver health education to young people
  • Understanding harm reduction strategies, specifically needle and syringe programs and the benefits they provide to young people
  • Meeting their local Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) worker and getting a ‘show & tell’ experience with injecting equipment to familiarise themselves with it as well as learning about local NSP services and locations
  • Learning the impact of stigma and discrimination and how these create barriers for young people accessing support or approaching youth workers to discuss issues related to hepatitis C or injecting
  • Being part of interactive and dynamic discussions about what their service can do to support young people in this area using credible case scenarios as a launch pad.

Which Local Health Districts were involved with Youth at Risk?

Youth at Risk is a partnership project between Hepatitis NSW and, Far West, Nepean Blue Mountains, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney and Western Sydney Local Health Districts (LHDs). Workshops ran in these LHDs until June 2017.

Where and when were the Youth at Risk workshops?

  • 18 October 2016, Shoalhaven Illawarra LHD
  • 25 October 2016, Mission Australia, Sydney LHD
  • 8 November 2016, St George Youth Services, South Easy Sydney LHD
  • 9 November 2016, WAYS Youth Service, South East Sydney LHD
  • 10 November 2016, Project Youth, South East Sydney LHD
  • 23 November 2016, Oasis Youth Support Network/Wayside Chapel, South East Sydney LHD
  • 1 December 2016, Flourish Australia, Western Sydney LHD
  • 14 March 2017, Weave Youth and Community Services, South East Sydney LHD
  • 15 March 2017, Oasis Youth Support Network/Wayside Chapel, South East Sydney LHD
  • 20 March 2017, Project Youth, South East Sydney LHD
  • 28 March 2017, Shoalhaven Illawarra LHD
  • 4 May 2017, Cranebrook Community Health Centre, Nepean Blue Mountains LHD
  • 10 May 2017, Headspace Parramatta, Western Sydney LHD
  • 23 May 2017, Broken Hill, Far West & Western NSW LHD
  • 25 May 2017, Dareton, Far West & Western NSW LHD
  • 7 June 2017, Barnardos Belmore, Sydney LHD

Where can I read more about young people at risk of injecting?

Click here to open Hepatitis C knowledge and exposure to injecting drug use. Results from the online survey (Project 1626)

Click here to open Beyond transmission: Guidelines for hepatitis C education targeting young people who inject drugs

Click here to open Drug use, hepatitis C and exposure to injecting among young people in NSW: The Big Day Out Survey 2006–2009

Click here to open The exposure and transition study. Exposure to injecting and hepatitis C among young people at risk

Where can I find the Youth at Risk package and slides?

Facilitators: Click here to download the training package.

How can I find more information about the Youth at Risk project?

Please contact our project team.

Call 02 8217 7703 (M-F, 9-5)

Or use this form (24/7)…

This page was last updated 17 August 2017.

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