Dialog Box


Celebrating LIVERability all over Victoria

2 August 2019


Every year Hepatitis Victoria celebrates World Hepatitis Day (28 July) with the LIVERability Festival, a calendar of activities and events in July and throughout August. To encourage community participation, we offer small grants of up to

$1,000 to community and not-for-profit organisations to conduct activities that raise awareness of viral hepatitis and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with the disease. See photo highlights.

We also encourage those groups focused on improving liver health to apply.

“The grants program has been running for nine years and is very enthusiastically received by organisations across the whole of Victoria and this year was no exception,” said Martin Forrest, Health Promotion Programs Manager.

A total of 30 applications were received this year with 21 grants awarded. Grants have been awarded to various groups including those in the alcohol and other drugs, cultural and linguistically diverse and Indigenous sectors.

“The activities funded by the grants are as various as the groups themselves; they include a 45-minute lecture and quiz in Chinese with catering, a 3-day BBQ and onsite testing campaign, Hep bingo, healthy cooking demonstration or Ilbijeri play and dinner with information session,” said Martin.

“What is fantastic is that we reach hundreds of people in the very heart of their communities, providing a platform (and usually lunch or a tea) with the message about taking care of your liver health and getting tested and treated if you are living with viral hepatitis,” he said.

Congratulations to all the grant recipients. A full list is as follows:



Priority group

Austin health – Liver clinic

Talk at the hospital Austin health CEO, gastro specialists

General health

Association of Hazaras in Victoria

Presentations for Dari language students


Bellarine community health NSP

Info session and afternoon tea for community and health service staff


Your community health

Afternoon tea and education presentation

General health

Njernda Aboriginal Cooperation

Lunch aboard paddle steamer with speakers during the lunch


Hume Afghan Association

Saturday education day with lunch, female and male groups

will participate with HV as liver health ambassadors


Holden St neighbourhood house

Community lunch with liver health theme

General community

Pakistan Welfare Organisation in Australia

Pakistan Independence Day celebration – HV stall and talk


Chinese Association of Monash

Lecture for volunteers and members of the association


Common Ground Elizabeth St

Lived experience speaker, onsite testing with info booth and health lunch


Chinese Community Health advisory of Australia

45 min lecture with catering quiz etc in Chinese


Cohealth Healthworks

Find the missing millions awareness raising day – activities to be chosen in consultation with service users


Access health NSP

3-day BBQ and onsite testing campaign



Hepatitis awareness week – week of food and special guests onsite


NRCH AOD outreach

Mobile lunch and education to outreach clients


Cohealth Innerspace

Healthy cooking class and finale day BBQ and guests, talks etc



Breakfast at VAHS with guest speakers


Salvation Army Flagstaff

Hep Bingo and lunch



Ilbijeri play and dinner with information session


Barwon Health AOD team

Week-long campaign and raffle


Thomas Embling

Cooking demonstration and information session for residents and family

Forensic mental health


Grants for 2020 will open early next year and to be eligible you will need to be:

A community or not for profit organisation based within the Australian state of Victoria

Agree to have a Hepatitis Victoria staff member attend the event, and conduct an education session

Advertise your event or activity to your community

Provide photos and an evaluation report to Hepatitis Victoria following the event

For more information contact: Martin Forrest Tel:03 9385 9111 Email: 

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