Winners to be announced in video and photo competition for World Hepatitis Day
28 July 2017
The winners of StreetShot, a statewide video and photography competition raising awareness about potentially deadly viral hepatitis, will be announced this morning as World Hepatitis Day targets elimination of the disease.
'The StreetShot exhibition is vital to raising awareness among young people, and to addressing the stigma and discrimination that can be deadly barriers to people seeking help with viral hepatitis,’ said Melanie Eagle, Chief Executive Officer of Hepatitis Victoria, today.
Students and their teachers will attend the exhibition launch, which features 52 entries drawn from 10 institutions statewide.
Hepatitis B and C together cause nearly six deaths a week in Victoria, where around 110,000 people are among the 500,000 living with chronic hepatitis around Australia.
Of new diagnoses of hepatitis C, 53 per cent are of young people aged 15 to 29.
'Testing and treatment rates remain low, so initiatives like StreetShot that harness the creativity of young people to reach their peers are key to tackling this preventable and treatable disease to achieve elimination by 2030,' Eagle said.
Liver damage from hepatitis is cumulative, and can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer – the fastest increasing cause of cancer death in Australia. Without testing and treatment, young people who contract hepatitis are especially at risk because of the long period over which they can accumulate liver damage.
The award will be announced at the launch of an exhibition of video and photography entries at VU at Metro West – 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray from 11.30am on Friday.
Students and their teachers are available for interview at the launch, and beforehand by arrangement.
StreetShot is part of the LIVERability Festival, a diverse program of community events around World Hepatitis Day on Friday 28 July and the global #NoHep campaign.
Hepatitis Victoria Infoline 1800 703 003
For media inquiries, please call Darren Lewin-Hill, communications manager, on 0447 692 663.