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Help others and challenge stigma: Free training to tell your story

23 August 2019

A short course to help people living with viral hepatitis or other liver diseases is being offered free by Hepatitis Victoria. Applications to join the organisation’s Public Speaker Bureau are now open with two one-day sessions to be held in September and October.

Hepatitis Victoria’s Community Participation Coordinator Steph Houghton said the course was an ideal way for people with liver disease to become effective public speakers, gain confidence and at the same time help challenge stereotypical community attitudes.  

“There were many reasons for people with lived experience of liver disease to join the sessions, not least they will help them deal positively with the stigma they may have themselves experienced,” Steph said.

Being able to speak out about your own situation is empowering as is the ongoing support Bureau speakers get from being part of a group of like-minded individuals.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn skills in a really friendly atmosphere, deepen knowledge and eventually spread awareness among the public about the reality of living with liver disease,” she said.

Continuous training will be offered to participants after the course as well as opportunities to speak or become panellists at events for healthcare and community professionals.

“Talking about your experience is helpful for healthcare workers and others to understand the impact of liver disease and stigma on your and your family’s life -it helps change attitudes for the better,” Steph said.

To become an eligible presenter,  course participants are required to attend one session in September with a follow-up on 5 October.  Refreshments are provided during the course which will be held at the Hepatitis Victoria offices in Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Register and find out more information.  

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