Do you want to challenge community perceptions of viral hepatitis?
HEPSpeakers work alongside Hepatitis Victoria to help dispel myths and misinformation about viral hepatitis, both in the general community and the workforce, by sharing their personal experiences and stories. We receive requests from a range of groups and organisations, and then match them with appropriate speakers to share their story. Through this, HEPSpeakers raise awareness and reduce stigma of viral hepatitis in Victorian communities.
Is being a HEPSpeaker right for you?
Deciding on whether you want to publically share your story with viral hepatitis needs consideration, and may not be the right decision for everyone.
Some people may find that speaking openly about a personal experience and dealing with sensitive audience questions can be emotionally taxing or confronting, which can make the role difficult.
We encourage anyone who may be interested in becoming a HEPSpeaker to take some time to reflect on your wellbeing and whether this type of activity is right for you at this time.
HEPSpeak training occurs twice a year, however you can apply to be a speaker at any time. If you choose not to apply at this time, there will be an opportunity in the future, should you desire. You may also want to share your experience in a different one of our other Community Participation programs, such as HEPConnect peer support or becoming a HEPHero.
What makes a great HEPSpeaker?
Lived experience of hepatitis B or hepatitis C (can be past or current) OR experience of caring for someone with viral hepatitis.
Is readily contactable by email and telephone, and is able to get around via public transport or cars.
Passion and motivation to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and the work of Hepatitis Victoria
Someone who is adaptable and can work with organisations to ensure their talks are tailored with the messages and aims of their events.
Alignment with Hepatitis Victoria’s core values and purpose
Can attend a free 2-day public speaking course in Brunswick, Victoria.