Dialog Box


Exploring the complexities of hepatitis-related stigma and discrimination

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Did you know under discrimination law, hepatitis B and C are disabilities, and therefore covered by disability discrimination law?

Do you have a good understanding of behaviours that can be stigmatising? Do you know when stigmatising behaviours become discrimination, legally?

Do you know the laws around health information (such as someone’s hepatitis status) and privacy?

Would you know what to do if you, or someone you know, experiences stigma, discrimination or privacy breaches?

Hear from people living with hepatitis B and C about their experiences of stigma and discrimination, and the various strategies they employ to deal with them, and also hear from  experts in Health prevention, human rights and discrimination.


  • Hepatitis Victoria’s HepSpeakers (people with lived experience of hepatitis B and/or C)
  • Dr Bruce Bolam, Chief Preventative Health Officer, Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Karen Cusack, Health Complaints Commissioner, Health Complaints Commission
  • Justine Vaisutis, Head of Education & Engagement, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
  • Deborah Randah, Solicitor and Community Legal Education Coordinator, Disability Discrimination Legal Service 

The forum aims to: 

  • Equip you with the knowledge and skills to both avoid discriminating and breaching someone’s privacy
  • Deliver insights into the different options for response where someone feels they have been wronged 
  • Develop understanding of the shape and impact of stigma and discrimination told by people with lived experience 
  • Inform on discrimination law, information privacy and some of the options for formal response
  • Share what Hepatitis Victoria is doing to combat stigma and discrimination, what will be happening in the future, and how you can get involved! 

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