Aboriginal Health Worker, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
“I am a Hep Hero because I want to get the message out to Aboriginal communities that what we do now, can come back later.”
As an Aboriginal Health Worker I treat the medical needs of Victorian indigenous communities. I work in the Treatment Room at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service. It’s an emergency room - so you name it, we do it!
I worked for two years for Hepatitis Victoria in the prisons program. I travelled across Victoria visiting prisons to educate prisoners about the risks of hepatitis, especially through prison tattooing and sharing equipment.
For Aboriginal communities raising awareness about hepatitis is very important. Our culture is one based on sharing and generosity. This means if someone needs something, we lend it to them.
Unfortunately this also means that the risk of transmitting hepatitis and other health issues is increased.
Prevalence rates of hepatitis in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities are much higher and hepatitis is a big issue.
We need to raise more awareness and speak out so people understand the virus, the risks and how to get help if they need it.