“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.
The Youth at Risk training is a one-day workshop that aims 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.
During this workshop participants will:
- Understand the A, B & C hepatitis viruses and their distinguishing differences including transmission, testing and treatment
- Understand the contexts for young people and hepatitis C including predictors for young people transitioning into injecting
- Learn new engaging educational activities they can use to deliver health education to young people
- Understand harm reduction strategies, specifically needle and syringe programs and the benefits they provide to young people
- Meet their local NSP worker and get a ‘show & tell’ experience with injecting equipment to familiarise themselves with it as well as learning about local NSP services and locations
- Learn 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
- Be 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.
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. Workshops are running in these LHDs until June 2017. If your organisation is in an LHD other than those listed above we would still love to work with you! Please email email@example.com to request an education session tailored for your specific organisations needs!
14 March 2017, South East Sydney Local Health District
15 March 2017, South East Sydney Local Health District
20 March 2017, South East Sydney Local Health District
28 March 2017, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Heath District
27 April 2017, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
4 May 2017, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
6 June 2017, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Heath District
Facilitators: Download the training package here.
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This page was last updated 28 March 2017.