Resources for educators working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Australian based resources for people who educate Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people on the topic of hepatitis C. 

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an innovative internet resource that contains information on Indigenous health easily accessible to inform practice. The site contains information on hepatitis C among Indigenous Australians.

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC)

The AH&MRC is the recognized peak body and voice of Aboriginal communities on Aboriginal health matters in NSW. The website contains useful links and resources regarding working with Indigenous communities. The publications section contains useful resources such as the “STI and BBI manual” and “Increasing access to services in NSW for Aboriginal people at risk of contracting or who have blood borne infections”.

Talking together: contemporary issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health: HIV, Hepatitis and Sexual Health. A distance learning package for those working in Indigenous health

ASHM (2004)
This resource was developed in collaboration with the Indigenous Australians' Sexual Health Committee (IASHC) and funded by the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH), Department of Health and Ageing. It was designed for use by general practitioners and other interested clinicians and health care workers. The package contains a copy of the video (a CD version is available) 'Talking Together', a users guide with training materials and activities, and a copy of the ASHM monograph HIV/Viral Hepatitis - a guide for primary care. The manual offers practical advice for risk assessment, testing, diagnosis, and basic principles of management of HIV and viral hepatitis.

For further information, visit the ASHM website: Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM)

Contact details:
Adrian Ogier, HIV course Coordinator; Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), ph: (02) 8204 0700; fax: (02) 9212 2382, email:

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“Something is going to get us”

A Consultation and Development Project for a National Campaign Addressing Injecting Drug Use in Indigenous Communities. November 2005.

Blood Relations: Injecting Drug Use and Hep C in Indigenous Communities (Video)

Developed in partnership with Derbarl Yerrigan and the West Australia Substance Users Association (WASUA) this video provides critical health information about blood awareness to the Indigenous injecting community. This video comes with 25 copies each of Safer Injecting and When There’s No Other Way... Cleaning Fits.

Sistas staying strong – Hepatitis C DVD

A DVD made by and for Indigenous women prisoners living with hepatitis C. The DVD is designed specifically to be viewed in waiting rooms of custodial settings environment, where the information can be played repetitively. Copies can be ordered for a cost of $20. Download order form now.

Tune into your health. It's in your blood Nunkuwarrin Yunti Council of South Australia (2005). Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing.

The Tune into Your Health program combines education and conversation with music and song writing to give young Aboriginal people a voice about important preventable health issues that affect their lives. In 2004, Nunkuwarrin Yunti in partnership with the Hepatitis C Council of South Australia began a series of statewide workshops that focused on hepatitis C (It's in your blood). The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (ADAC), Kamangka Aboriginal Youth Service, and the Kurrur Indigenous Youth Performing Arts were also key organisations that collaborated in the project. An opportunity was created for young people to communicate with other young people and the wider community about hepatitis C and a 12 track CD was produced and launched in Youth Week 2005.

For further information about the CD or to obtain copies contact: Nunkuwarrin Yunti; PO Box 7202; Adelaide SA 5000; ph: (08) 8223 5217; fax: (08) 8232 0949; website:

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Yarnin' up hep C. A hepatitis C education resource for Indigenous communities

Relationships Australia (2003).
Adelaide: Relationships Australia

The 'yarnin' up hep C' education resource was developed as part of a project run by Relationships Australia, South Australia. Its purpose is to increase awareness, encourage conversation, and prevent infections of hepatitis C. The resource consists of a small wallet-sized information leaflet, and a larger information booklet, and has been designed specifically for educational use with Indigenous communities in metropolitan Adelaide. It is colourful and informative, with easy-to-understand language that explains the hepatitis C condition, its transmission, treatment and care, and provides community contacts.
To download copies of the booklet visit the COPE's website.
For further information about the resource view the information sheet or contact: Jen Hamer, Manager Community Education and Training, Relationships Australia, South Australia, ph: (08) 8245 8100, email:

Health for all - drug, alcohol and STD pamphlet series

The Kirketon Road Centre (2003);
Kings Cross: The Kirketon Road Centre

This series of nine pamphlets has been designed specifically for an Indigenous audience, and addresses HIV prevention, sexual health, and illicit drug use issues. The pamphlets provide information on health issues, advice on how to keep healthy, and what to do in situations of ill-health. They are worded in a culturally appropriate way, are easy-to-understand and are decorated with Indigenous artwork. For more information about the pamphlets or to obtain copies contact: The Kirketon Road Centre, Ph: (02) 9360 2766

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VACCHO sexual health and hepatitis C pamphlets

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2003); Collingwood: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) has produced a series of sexual health pamphlets specifically developed for Aboriginal people. The series contains the following titles: Hepatitis C, Condoms, Genital herpes, Syphilis (the pox), Gonorrhoea, Warts on pippi, mutja and moom (genital and anal warts). The pamphlets also list details of places to get more information, including a listing of rural STD clinical services in Victoria.

To obtain copies of these brochures, contact VACCHO, PO Box 1328, Collingwood, Victoria, 3066; ph: 03 9419 3350; fax: 03 9417 3871; email:

Strong Spirit Strong Mind

The Aboriginal Alcohol and other Drugs Program (AAODP) forms part of the Drug and Alcohol Office, Policy Strategy and Information Branch.  The program is committed to support Aboriginal people and the broader community to respond effectively to Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities affected by alcohol and other drug use in culturally secure ways.” They have a number of programs and resources specific to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the AOD sector.

Working with indigenous peoples with disability

This site provides information about a wide range of practical resources for health professionals working with Indigenous people with disabilities living in remote areas of Australia. Although some aspects of the site are not relevant to people with hepatitis C, there are practical examples of the considerations of working with Indigenous Australians.