Community Education and Engagement Project Manager, Hepatitis Victoria
1. How are you working to improve sexual and reproductive health?
Working in the BBV/STIs sector in roles ranging from health promotion, workforce development training to community education and engagement at Hepatitis Victoria to tackle public health issues of viral hepatitis B and C, especially focusing on hepatitis B prevention in CALD community, such as working alongside Victorian Chinese community in Melbourne’s East over the past five years.
2. What do you love most about your work?
Working in partnership and continuously being inspired by enthusiastic community participants and devoted stakeholders, for instance the co-founders of Chinese Health Promotion Coalition.
3. Why is your work so important?
While working with the CALD community in Melbourne’s East, including newly-arrived migrants and refugees and people with low literacy, who are among the priority populations disproportionately affected by hepatitis B, our programs aim to raise awareness of hepatitis B, to reduce incidents of chronic hepatitis B related liver cancer and reduce new infections of hepatitis B, to reduce health inequalities regarding chronic hepatitis B care, management and treatment, and to maximize wellbeing of people living with chronic hepatitis B.
We are proud to be part of global #NOhep and Jade Ribbon awareness campaigns in order to achieve the WHO 2030 viral hepatitis elimination goals.
4. What do you think are the biggest sexual and reproductive health issues facing women in Victoria?
Health inequalities continue to affect women of priority populations in Victoria, including the lack of access to SRH services; and low health literacy that prevents people making informed decisions.