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The Safer Communities Health Expo was held again this August at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre with over 120 residents attending and 80% of those stopping by the HQ stall.

This year HQ provided brief interventions for those living with, or at risk of, viral hepatitis. The team provided prevention, awareness, testing, treatment and general health information including handing out our latest resource – Prisoner Health Playing Cards.Deck aces artwork portrait 300x400

The deck of cards was created using artwork supplied by people in correctional settings across Queensland and includes simple prevention and awareness messaging.

The Expo also provided networking and information sharing opportunities between the stall holders and the Queensland Correctional Services staff. Of note, was an overview provided by the General Manager on the outcomes of the recent Parole Board Inquiry to which HQ made a submission. The changes now being implemented as a result are a credit to all those who contributed to the Inquiry. HQ acknowledges the information provided by our member base to support our submission.

Staff that attended the Expo called it a great success.

"I think the [Arthur Gorrie] community day was a great success. We spoke directly with many of the prisoners who came to the expo answering questions they had relating to viral hepatitis and harm reduction. We were able to provide new information about treatment, overdose prevention and reducing drug related harm while in prison. The information sharing with the QCS staff has provided some food for thought on what support we can provide in future," said Jodie, HQ Program Officer.

As a result of the Expo HQ’s Prison Infoline has experienced a rise in the number of calls coming to us from Arthur Gorrie. The majority of enquiries relate to information on viral hepatitis treatment, particularly the new direct-acting antivirals which can cure hep C with minimal side effects.

Jodie commented that “many of the prisoners we spoke to on the day thought the hep C treatment was still the old interferon treatment. These old beliefs, or misinformation, act as a barrier to seeking treatment both inside the prisons, and in the community upon release. We are getting calls from prisoners who didn’t attend the forum who have heard about how easy the new treatments are”.

Over 600 information resources were handed out at the Expo with requests for additional copies to be shared with people who couldn’t attend or placed in the prison library.

HQ would like to thank all staff and stall holders who attended the Arthur Gorrie Safer Communities Health Expo for making the day such a success. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the day and look forward to continuing our support of the event in the future.

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The Safer Communities Health Expo was held again this August at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre with over 120 residents attending and 80% of those stopping by the HQ stall.

This year HQ provided brief interventions for those living with, or at risk of, viral hepatitis. The team provided prevention, awareness, testing, treatment and general health information including handing out our latest resource – Prisoner Health Playing Cards.Deck aces artwork portrait 300x400

The deck of cards was created using artwork supplied by people in correctional settings across Queensland and includes simple prevention and awareness messaging.

The Expo also provided networking and information sharing opportunities between the stall holders and the Queensland Correctional Services staff. Of note, was an overview provided by the General Manager on the outcomes of the recent Parole Board Inquiry to which HQ made a submission. The changes now being implemented as a result are a credit to all those who contributed to the Inquiry. HQ acknowledges the information provided by our member base to support our submission.

Staff that attended the Expo called it a great success.

"I think the [Arthur Gorrie] community day was a great success. We spoke directly with many of the prisoners who came to the expo answering questions they had relating to viral hepatitis and harm reduction. We were able to provide new information about treatment, overdose prevention and reducing drug related harm while in prison. The information sharing with the QCS staff has provided some food for thought on what support we can provide in future," said Jodie, HQ Program Officer.

As a result of the Expo HQ’s Prison Infoline has experienced a rise in the number of calls coming to us from Arthur Gorrie. The majority of enquiries relate to information on viral hepatitis treatment, particularly the new direct-acting antivirals which can cure hep C with minimal side effects.

Jodie commented that “many of the prisoners we spoke to on the day thought the hep C treatment was still the old interferon treatment. These old beliefs, or misinformation, act as a barrier to seeking treatment both inside the prisons, and in the community upon release. We are getting calls from prisoners who didn’t attend the forum who have heard about how easy the new treatments are”.

Over 600 information resources were handed out at the Expo with requests for additional copies to be shared with people who couldn’t attend or placed in the prison library.

HQ would like to thank all staff and stall holders who attended the Arthur Gorrie Safer Communities Health Expo for making the day such a success. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the day and look forward to continuing our support of the event in the future.

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The Safer Communities Health Expo was held again this August at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre with over 120 residents attending and 80% of those stopping by the HQ stall.

This year HQ provided brief interventions for those living with, or at risk of, viral hepatitis. The team provided prevention, awareness, testing, treatment and general health information including handing out our latest resource – Prisoner Health Playing Cards.Deck aces artwork portrait 300x400

The deck of cards was created using artwork supplied by people in correctional settings across Queensland and includes simple prevention and awareness messaging.

The Expo also provided networking and information sharing opportunities between the stall holders and the Queensland Correctional Services staff. Of note, was an overview provided by the General Manager on the outcomes of the recent Parole Board Inquiry to which HQ made a submission. The changes now being implemented as a result are a credit to all those who contributed to the Inquiry. HQ acknowledges the information provided by our member base to support our submission.

Staff that attended the Expo called it a great success.

"I think the [Arthur Gorrie] community day was a great success. We spoke directly with many of the prisoners who came to the expo answering questions they had relating to viral hepatitis and harm reduction. We were able to provide new information about treatment, overdose prevention and reducing drug related harm while in prison. The information sharing with the QCS staff has provided some food for thought on what support we can provide in future," said Jodie, HQ Program Officer.

As a result of the Expo HQ’s Prison Infoline has experienced a rise in the number of calls coming to us from Arthur Gorrie. The majority of enquiries relate to information on viral hepatitis treatment, particularly the new direct-acting antivirals which can cure hep C with minimal side effects.

Jodie commented that “many of the prisoners we spoke to on the day thought the hep C treatment was still the old interferon treatment. These old beliefs, or misinformation, act as a barrier to seeking treatment both inside the prisons, and in the community upon release. We are getting calls from prisoners who didn’t attend the forum who have heard about how easy the new treatments are”.

Over 600 information resources were handed out at the Expo with requests for additional copies to be shared with people who couldn’t attend or placed in the prison library.

HQ would like to thank all staff and stall holders who attended the Arthur Gorrie Safer Communities Health Expo for making the day such a success. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the day and look forward to continuing our support of the event in the future.

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The Safer Communities Health Expo was held again this August at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre with over 120 residents attending and 80% of those stopping by the HQ stall.

This year HQ provided brief interventions for those living with, or at risk of, viral hepatitis. The team provided prevention, awareness, testing, treatment and general health information including handing out our latest resource – Prisoner Health Playing Cards.Deck aces artwork portrait 300x400

The deck of cards was created using artwork supplied by people in correctional settings across Queensland and includes simple prevention and awareness messaging.

The Expo also provided networking and information sharing opportunities between the stall holders and the Queensland Correctional Services staff. Of note, was an overview provided by the General Manager on the outcomes of the recent Parole Board Inquiry to which HQ made a submission. The changes now being implemented as a result are a credit to all those who contributed to the Inquiry. HQ acknowledges the information provided by our member base to support our submission.

Staff that attended the Expo called it a great success.

"I think the [Arthur Gorrie] community day was a great success. We spoke directly with many of the prisoners who came to the expo answering questions they had relating to viral hepatitis and harm reduction. We were able to provide new information about treatment, overdose prevention and reducing drug related harm while in prison. The information sharing with the QCS staff has provided some food for thought on what support we can provide in future," said Jodie, HQ Program Officer.

As a result of the Expo HQ’s Prison Infoline has experienced a rise in the number of calls coming to us from Arthur Gorrie. The majority of enquiries relate to information on viral hepatitis treatment, particularly the new direct-acting antivirals which can cure hep C with minimal side effects.

Jodie commented that “many of the prisoners we spoke to on the day thought the hep C treatment was still the old interferon treatment. These old beliefs, or misinformation, act as a barrier to seeking treatment both inside the prisons, and in the community upon release. We are getting calls from prisoners who didn’t attend the forum who have heard about how easy the new treatments are”.

Over 600 information resources were handed out at the Expo with requests for additional copies to be shared with people who couldn’t attend or placed in the prison library.

HQ would like to thank all staff and stall holders who attended the Arthur Gorrie Safer Communities Health Expo for making the day such a success. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the day and look forward to continuing our support of the event in the future.

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HQ makes an impact at Safer Communities Health Expo

The Safer Communities Health Expo was held again this August at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre with over 120 residents attending and 80% of those stopping by the HQ stall.

This year HQ provided brief interventions for those living with, or at risk of, viral hepatitis. The team provided prevention, awareness, testing, treatment and general health information including handing out our latest resource – Prisoner Health Playing Cards.Deck aces artwork portrait 300x400

The deck of cards was created using artwork supplied by people in correctional settings across Queensland and includes simple prevention and awareness messaging.

The Expo also provided networking and information sharing opportunities between the stall holders and the Queensland Correctional Services staff. Of note, was an overview provided by the General Manager on the outcomes of the recent Parole Board Inquiry to which HQ made a submission. The changes now being implemented as a result are a credit to all those who contributed to the Inquiry. HQ acknowledges the information provided by our member base to support our submission.

Staff that attended the Expo called it a great success.

"I think the [Arthur Gorrie] community day was a great success. We spoke directly with many of the prisoners who came to the expo answering questions they had relating to viral hepatitis and harm reduction. We were able to provide new information about treatment, overdose prevention and reducing drug related harm while in prison. The information sharing with the QCS staff has provided some food for thought on what support we can provide in future," said Jodie, HQ Program Officer.

As a result of the Expo HQ’s Prison Infoline has experienced a rise in the number of calls coming to us from Arthur Gorrie. The majority of enquiries relate to information on viral hepatitis treatment, particularly the new direct-acting antivirals which can cure hep C with minimal side effects.

Jodie commented that “many of the prisoners we spoke to on the day thought the hep C treatment was still the old interferon treatment. These old beliefs, or misinformation, act as a barrier to seeking treatment both inside the prisons, and in the community upon release. We are getting calls from prisoners who didn’t attend the forum who have heard about how easy the new treatments are”.

Over 600 information resources were handed out at the Expo with requests for additional copies to be shared with people who couldn’t attend or placed in the prison library.

HQ would like to thank all staff and stall holders who attended the Arthur Gorrie Safer Communities Health Expo for making the day such a success. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the day and look forward to continuing our support of the event in the future.

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