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Don't burn the sheets!

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AIVL has found a novel approach to engage the Indigenous population of Australia.

The project, Dulangirr Gubbynidgel (New Beginnings) have released a Hepatitis C peer education kit, develolped by Aboriginal people who use illicit drugs, some of whom have HepC and those at risk.

Included in the kit are games, exercises and information.

The message is in the name, HepC isn't necessarily 'the end', but could be an opportunity to make changes and get people thinking about their health and to "start looking after themselves"

The Transmission Risks Game asks players to place cards where they believe they should go.                                                                                       Is the behaviour/activity:                             

HIGH RISK?                                                                                                                                                                                                        MEDIUM TO LOW RISK?                                                                                                                                                                                        VERY LOW RISK?                                                                                                                                                                                         EXTREMELY LOW RISK?                                                                                                                                                                                      NO RISK?

Aimee Capper reports that the knowledge gained has reduced the amount of bed linen going up in flames, as the card game showed that sheets were a 'no risk' route of transmission!


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