Hepatitis C treatment among people in prison in Victoria

Research Opportunity
Honours students
Number of Honour Places Available
Department / Centre
Medicine and Radiology
St Vincent's Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Alexander Thompson alexander.thompson@svha.org.au 03 9231 3581 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Mark Stoove mark.stoove@burnet.edu.au 03 8506 2301 Personal web page
Dr Rebecca Winter rebecca.winter@burnet.edu.au

Summary This study provides the opportunity for the analysis of routinely collected clinical data to assess an aspect of a state-wide HCV treatment program in Victorian prisons, depending on the student’s interest.

Project Details

Imprisonment provides an opportunity to engage high risk individuals in hepatitis C virus testing and treatment with the goal of reducing prevalence, improving health, and preventing transmission. The identification and treatment of hepatitis C infection among people in prison is a crucial element of achieving WHO hepatitis C elimination goals. In 2016, a nurse-led state-wide hepatitis program was implemented across the State of Victoria, Australia to assess and treat people in prison living with chronic viral hepatitis. The program is run by St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne in partnership with the Justice Health Unit at the Victorian Department of Justice.

All persons entering prison are offered screening for viral hepatitis by prison health staff, as well as when moving between prison sites. People testing positive for hepatitis C are referred for assessment by a specialist nurse consultant via in-reach. The nurse consultants conduct clinical assessments and triage for consultation by supervising hepatologists via telemedicine or face-to-face.

This study provides the opportunity for the analysis of routinely collected clinical data to assess an aspect of the HCV treatment program, depending on the student’s interest. Examples include HCV assessment, treatment initiation, pathways, outcomes, or program implementation. Univariate descriptive and prospective analyses examining the predictors of chosen outcomes of interest could be undertaken to help inform policy and practice in the prison health system.

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Research Opportunities

Honours students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

St Vincent's Hospital

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