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Addressing HIV Risks Related to Injecting Drug Use in Victorian Aboriginal Communities



This project consisted of active research carried out by Anex and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) under their Yiaga ba wadamba (find and renew) projects partnership. The project sought to improve the health of Aboriginal Victorians, particularly those who inject drugs, in relation to blood-borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections (BBVs/STIs) including HIV. By employing action research methodology, the project partners undertook the following activities:

The findings indicated that clients interviewed for the project displayed misinformation regarding the transmission of STIs and BBVs, in particular hepatitis. The project findings recommended that there is a need to target young Aboriginal people and address their information needs in relation to BBVs and STIs. There is also a need to improve access and service responses. Two posters were also developed as community reports for the project

Abstract adapted from Yiaga ba wadamba (Find and renew) projects


Anex Inc.
95 Drummond Street
Carlton Vic 3056
Ph: (03) 9650 0699
Fax: (03) 9650 1600

Sexual and Reproductive Health Team
Victorian Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisation
17-23 Sackville Street
PO Box 1328
Collingwood Vic 3066
Ph: (03) 9411 9411
Fax: (03) 9411 9599

Related publications

Mapfumo L, Waples-Crowe P, Ware J (2010)

Action research: addressing HIV risks related to injecting drug use in Victorian Aboriginal communities.

Melbourne: Anex


Last updated: 12 October 2017
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