Summary

  • The Hepatitis and Substance Use Program was established in June 2016 to enable the implementation of programs specific to practitioners working in drug and alcohol settings or with people who use drugs.
  • ASHM, in collaboration with the Kirby Institute, UNSW and a highly committed Steering Committee of clinicians, researchers, policy makers and members of the affected community, developed the Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings program, designed to strengthen the capacity of healthcare professionals working in drug and alcohol clinics or with people who use drugs to effectively test for, treat and manage HCV infection.
  • Other projects include; NSP frontline worker training to facilitate scale up of HCV testing and treatment in needle and syringe programs, pharmaceutical opioid dependence training for pharmacists and primary care physicians, and international partnership projects to increase the reach of hepatitis and substance use education programs, globally (see here for more detail).

 

Meet the Team

Emma Day, Program Manager​

As Program Manager, Emma oversees all projects within the Program portfolio. She has extensive international project management and adult education experience.
Passionate about harm reduction and ensuring hepatitis C treatment access for all, Emma is committed to contributing to policies, programs and projects based on public health and human rights that aim to reduce the health, social and economic harms associated with drug use. This includes transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and C, and overdose.  

Please feel free to contact Emma if you would like to discuss the Hepatitis and Substance Use Program in more detail.

E  emma.day@ashm.org.au
T  (02) 8204 0769

 

Nikitah Habraken, Senior Project Officer 

As Senior Project Officer working across the Viral Hepatitis and Substance Use Program, Nikitah facilitates the domestic and international roll out of the Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program.

Nikitah holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in International Public Health. Nikitah has been with ASHM since 2014, and was until recently leading the management of ASHM's nursing program. Nikitah has many years' experience working across HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health, with a particular focus on strengthening ASHM's sexual health programs and sector partnerships.

For clinicians interested in training in Victoria, Northern Territory and New South Wales, please contact Nikitah directly.

E  nikitah.habraken@ashm.org.au
T   (02) 8204 0708

 

Olivia Dawson, Project Officer 

Olivia facilitates the development and implementation of the Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program both domestically and internationally.

For clinicians interested in training in Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland – please contact Olivia directly.

E   Olivia.Dawson@ashm.org.au
T   (02) 8204 0777

 

Laina Runk, Project Officer 

Laina facilitates the development and implementation of the Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program both domestically and internationally.

Laina also manages the NSP frontline worker education program.

E   laina.runk@ashm.org.au
T   0422 601 461

 

About INHSU

The International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU) is an international organization dedicated to scientific knowledge exchange, knowledge translation, and advocacy focused on hepatitis C prevention and care among people who use drugs.

The ASHM conference and events division organise INHSU's International Symposium on Hepatitis in Substance Users, which attracts delegates including health professionals (doctors, nurses and allied health), researchers, community organisations, people who use drugs and policy makers.