Research shows us that hepatitis C treatment is not being accessed as well as it could be, by people who use inject drugs. The major reasons for this seem to be a lack of information about hepatitis C and available treatment, the asymptomatic nature of the infection and perceived side effects of treatment.
On the positive side, research has found that community-controlled peer-support groups for people living with hepatitis C can improve their knowledge about treatment and facilitate them to consider undertaking treatment.
This do-it-yourself guide by the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) will provide you with some ideas on how to structure, maintain and run a discussion group for people living with hepatitis C.
The Guide has been broken down into five easy to read sections:
NUAA recommends you read the Guide in its entirety before you begin the process of establishing a group.
Take your time and read it at your own pace.
If you decide you want to facilitate a group, please work through the sections in the order they are listed.
You may want to refer to sections 4-5 again as issues arise while the group is running.
The Guide is accompanied by a USB which contains sample letters, flyers, session plans, activities and evaluation forms which you might also find helpful.
Remember NUAA are also available to assist you with any initial and on-going support – please contact us on 8354 7300 or if you are within NSW but outside Sydney you can call toll free on 1800 644 413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please register your group on-line at NUAA and join our on-line discussion group at www.nuaa.org.au