PODCAST: Will Scott's journey to Hepatitis Victoria
5 April 2019
For the last five years, Will Scott has worked both as a
staff member and volunteer at Hepatitis Victoria.
In this short podcast interview, he talks about his
experiences working in the challenging role of Community Participation
Coordinator, the wonderful people he has met.
He also talks about his personal battle to overcome
Will says he would never had become a volunteer at Hepatitis
Victoria until viral hepatitis came “…screaming, roaring and eventually
slamming into my life.”
“Hindsight is 20/20” he says, but looking back there were a
few indicators he was unwell.
“I distinctly remember one of my friends remarking that my
skin had a ‘yellowish tinge’ to it and attributing this to the fact it was
Summer time, and that I had been lathering myself in fake tan. This feels painfully
ironic now,” he says.
When Will was diagnosed, direct acting anti-viral ‘miracle
drugs’ were not available, and the treatment for hepatitis C was a combination
of interferon ribavirin which meant injections once a week and 5 tablets every
He underwent months of gruelling treatment.
With the amazing support of his family, friends and medical
staff at Box Hill Hospital, he was eventually cleared of the virus.
“I am so thankful we live in a country where life-saving
medication has been added to the PBS, and the narrative for people living with
viral hepatitis in Australia is changing,” he says.
Listen to the podcast