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Australia's condom scheme for safe sex in prison A proposal to put condom-vending machines in Tasmanian prisons is expected to be approved early next year. The Justice Department's blood-borne virus working party put forth the proposal in an effort to ensure safe sex among inmates  
Australian discovery may lead to a hepatitis C vaccine
Researchers in Australia have discovered an antibody that has 
helped some people develop immunity against hepatitis C, and 
they hope to use the discovery as the foundation for an 
HCV vaccine, Agence France-Presse reports.



Discrimination experienced by particular communities

The evidence to this Enquiry makes it abundantly clear that the stigma associated with injecting drug use is closely linked to Hepatitis C Virus and discrimination on the basis of Hepatitis C Virus or current, past or assumed drug use are so closely associated that they many be indistinguishable

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Australia's Action Plan # 4 Avenues for Redress

Anti-discrimination legislation prohibits disability discrimination in many areas of public life, however the treatment that individuals experience as discriminatory or unfair may not necessarily amount to unlawful discrimination

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Australia's Action Plan # 5 Appendices

Listing of resources

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Blood Borne Viruses-Dental Services Project

The project was developed from the earlier HIV/AIDS Related Discrimination: Healthcare Worker Project,. HIV/AIDS related discrimination has been identified as a priority area for action

380 kb pdf

Educational Strategies & Development

Initially, many staff and inmates did not see a need for AIDS education and most saw no reason or relevance for them receiving any information or education on AIDS.  The most common feeling expressed by both groups were fear, hysteria and homophobia

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Employer-employee Rights-Australia

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Direct and indirect Discrimination

Examples of Discrimination in Employment


This program has been designed to be implemented in any Queensland workplace for the purpose of anti-discrimination training with particular reference to hepatitis C.


Direct discrimination occurs where a person with hepatitis C is treated ‘less favorably’ Indirect-an unreasonable requirement or condition is imposed

Impairment in pre-work, Race discrimination, pregnancy victimization, sex discrimination

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Hepatitis C: a review of Australia’s response

This report deals with Australia’s response

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HIV and HCV: An Examination of Preventative Policies with Recommendations for Additional Efficacy This paper will firstly explore the nature of HIV and HCV. Secondly, the paper will evaluate the preventive strategies implemented by the Australian government to reduce the prevalence of HIV and HCV, and subsequently suggest several recommendations to increase the effectiveness of these strategies.  

HIV Education Strategies within Correctional

It has been suggested that prisons provide an environment which can further the spread of HIV/AIDS, not only to those incarcerated, but also to the broader community.

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HIV- Minimisation Strategies for Correctional

The expectation of the community to maintain public health and to be protected from infection, coalesced with the expectation of prisoners for access to adequate health care and information on infection from risk behaviours, and formed the fundamental and complementary tenets of this project

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Inquiry into Prostitution Attempts to change laws relating to prostitution in South Australia have not, so far, been successful.  However it does not necessarily follow that the current law, most of which was inaugurated in the House of Commons by the Gladstone Liberal Government in the 1550s, is adequate. 336 kb pdf
Is lawful discrimination against illicit drug users acceptable? A Bill currently being considered by the Australian Parliament (the Disability Discrimination Amendment Bill 2003 [Cwlth]) would, if enacted, make discrimination lawful against people who are currently addicted to prohibited drugs and not currently in drug treatment.  

Management Issues-a prison Officers

From an officer’s p[perspective I then set about researching what I felt I would like to see available in the gaols to make the workplace safer in relation to the HIV virus

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Managing a Therapeutic Community

As the numbers grew an increasing burden was placed on hospital services which were not designed to house prisoners on a long-term basis.

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Prisoners Rights

The idea of prisoners’ right is in conflict with policies which give administrative discretion and convenience overriding importance in prison administration

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Report on the enquiry into hepatitis C related discrimination In calling our report into hepatitis C related discrimination C-change, what we are essentially calling for is a major transformation in public policy—one which refuses to accept that discrimination is the inevitable companion of Hepatitis C Virus infection 465 kb pdf
Return on Investment in Needle & Syringe Programs in Australia The analysis found that cities that introduced NSPs had a mean annual 18.6% decrease in HIV seroprevalence, compared with a mean annual 8.1% increase in HIV seroprevalence in cities that had never introduced NSPs…Overall the results indicated little change in HCV prevalence before NSPs were introduced, followed by a decline after the introduction of HSPs.  If HCV prevalence was 75% or 50% respectively before NSPs were introduced, the results correspond to around a 1.5% or 2% decline in HCV prevalence per annum. 714 kb pdf
Why conduct an enquiry into hepatitis C related discrimination In recognition of the seriousness of the issue of Hepatitis C Virus related discrimination, 442 kb pdf

Working for Australians living in poverty

A fair, inclusive and sustainable Australia where all individuals and communities have the resources they need to participate in and benefit from social and economic life

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