Australia is considered a world leader in providing access to hepatitis C cures. But, there remain significant gaps when it comes to hepatitis C prevention and treatment services for marginalised populations. A major factor contributing to these gaps is the systematic stigma and discrimination towards people who use drugs. Many of the experts believe that achieving hepatitis C elimination in Australia will require legal reforms.
Access to good health is a basic human right. This World Hepatitis Day, the Kirby Institute, in partnership with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, is hosting a special seminar, that brings together experts from legal, health and community backgrounds to discuss strategies to ensure that people who use drugs have equal, discrimination-free access to health care.
Scientia Professor Gregory Dore Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney
Mr Jonathon Hunyor Public Interest Advocacy Centre
The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG Patron, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney
Professor Andrea Durbach UNSW Law & Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW Sydney
Dr Janani Shanthosh The George Institute & Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW Sydney
Associate Professor Kate Seear Faculty of Law, Monash University and Springvale Monash Legal Service
Ms Annie Madden AO Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney
Following our lineup of presentations, we are excited to host a panel discussion on harm reduction for people who are incarcerated. We will be joined by speakers from across many sectors who will share their thoughts and experiences, followed by an audience Q&A.
Scientia Professor Carla Treloar Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney