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Hepatitis C and its Treatment in Australian Custodial Settings



This study attempts to explore some of the research gaps relating to the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) in custodial settings in Australia.

The research uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to identify various aspects of interest in this field (which will be dealt with as a series of related, but separate studies).

The first of these will employ mathematical modelling methods to determine likely number of incident infections while incarcerated and potential effects of treatment provided at optimal levels.

The second study employs qualitative methods using focus groups and in-depth interviews of ex-prisoners across several jurisdictions to explore understandings of HCV and perceived barriers to prevention and treatment initiatives, with specific regard to identifying differences between mainstream prisoners and those identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Abstract adapted from the National Drug Research Institute


James Fetherston
National Drug Research Institute
Level 2, 10 Selby Street
Shenton Park WA 6008
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845
Ph: (08) 9266 1600
Fax: (08) 9266 1611

Related publications

Fetherston J, Carruthers S, Butler T, Wilson D, Sindicich N (2013)

Rates of injection in prison in a sample of Australian-injecting drug users.

Journal of Substance Use; 18(1): 65-73


Last updated: 26 June 2017
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