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Drug use and human rights: The missing piece of the hep C elimination puzzle?

29 July 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney
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Australia is considered a world leader in providing access to hepatitis C cures. But, there remain significant gaps when it comes to hepatitis C prevention and treatment services for marginalised populations. A major factor contributing to these gaps is the systematic stigma and discrimination towards people who use drugs. Many of the experts believe that achieving hepatitis C elimination in Australia will require legal reforms.

Access to good health is a basic human right. This World Hepatitis Day, the Kirby Institute, in partnership with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, is hosting a special seminar, that brings together experts from legal, health and community backgrounds to discuss strategies to ensure that people who use drugs have equal, discrimination-free access to health care. 

Speakers include: 

  • The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Patron, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Andrea Durbach, UNSW Law & Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW Sydney
  • Dr Janani Shanthosh, The George Institute & Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW Sydney
  • Associate Professor Kate Seear, Faculty of Law, Monash University; Academic Director, Springvale Monash Legal Service
  • Ms Annie Madden, PhD student, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney

Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with experts and community members, facilitated by Scientia Professor Carla Treloar, Director, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney.

RSVPs are essential. Please RSVP by 12 July 2019.

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Location: Kirby Institute,  Wallace Wurth Building, UNSW Sydney