6th international Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users Jersey City/New York, USA 6 - 8 September 2017

Conference Workshops

Workshop 1: Drug Consumption Rooms as a Measure of Harm Reduction to Reduce Infection Risks - Experiences and Practice

Speakers: Eberhard Schatz, Correlation Network; Jason Farrell, Correlation Network; Elisabeth Avril, Gaia, Paris; Marianne Jauncey, Uniting, Sidney; Tessa Windelinckx, Free Clinic, Antwerp; Marie Jauffret, Routside, Paris; Andreas Bänninger, Arud, Zürich

Date: Friday 8 September 2017

Time: 8.00am - 9.30am

Location: Hyatt Regency on the Hudson, Jersey City

Drug consumption rooms (DCRs) are an integrated part of harm reduction services in 90 facilities in 10 countries in Europe, Australia and Canada. There is strong evidence that these services are effective in preventing harm related to (intravenous) drug use (including death and injury from drug overdose) as well as reducing infection risks for HIV/HCV.

DCR and harm reduction workers from Amsterdam, Antwerp, Paris, Sydney and Zürich will share their experiences and engage in discussion.

Learning outcomes include the sharing of the latest information about implementing HCV prevention and treatment in harm reduction settings.

Workshop 2: Point of Care and Dried Blood Spot HCV Testing – A Practical Introductory Workshop

Speakers: Tanya Applegate, The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia and Erika Castro, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne Switzerland

Date: Friday 8 September 2017

Time: 8.00am - 9.30am

Location: Hyatt Regency on the Hudson, Jersey City

This informal workshop is designed to provide a practical introduction to HCV testing options using point of care technologies and dried blood spot sample collection. The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the principles, advantages and limitations of current testing options and implementation challenges in the field. The workshop will focus on practical resources and demonstrations to support HCV antibody testing using rapid diagnostic tests, RNA testing using the GeneXpert and sample collection using dried blood spots.

Workshop 3: More Than Tested, Cured – A User-led Model

Speakers: Louise Vincent, Urban Survivors Union; Kara Bensley, People’s Harm Reduction Alliance; Dr. Mojgan Zare, Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition; Tina Broder, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable

Date: Friday 8 September 2017

Time: 8.00am - 9.30am

Location: Hyatt Regency on the Hudson, Jersey City

This workshop will present preliminary project findings from the “More than Tested, Cured: Overcoming Barriers to Hepatitis C Care” Project. This project is a collaboration between the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, a nationally-focused organization, and three harm reduction organizations with a local focus – the Urban Survivor’s Union in Greensboro, North Carolina, the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance in Seattle, and the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition to address three of the most significant personal and systemic barriers to hepatitis C (HCV) care faced by individuals who use drugs. Our project aims to address patient education, primary care referral to treatment, and speciality care provision of treatment. This workshop will share educational and training materials that have been developed and invite discussion about how strategies and resources to address these barriers can be refined and adapted in other agencies and communities.

Addressing the stigma and misconceptions that deny access to drug users at each step in the HCV care cascade requires engagement by drug users. This project involves novel ways to engage individuals in long-term, sustainable partnership with public health stakeholders including physicians and service providers. Stigma and misconceptions held by patients as well as medical providers serve as significant barriers to identifying, treating, and curing hepatitis C among people who use drugs.

Workshop 4: Enhancing “Treatment Preparedness” through Nurse Led-Models in Community and Prison Settings

Facilitators: Alisa Pedrana, Burnet Institute, Australia; Jacqui Richmond, Burnet Institute, Australia

Date: Friday 8 September 2017

Time: 8.00am - 9.30am

Location: Hyatt Regency on the Hudson, Jersey City

This workshop will showcase three nurse-led models of care from community and prison settings that aim to ‘meet clients where they are at’ and support them through treatment, from Australia, United States and Canada. Reflecting on users’ experiences and attitudes to DAAs, this workshop will explore challenges in preparing people for treatment and discuss strategies that have been effective in increasing individuals’ uptake of testing and treatment in community and prison services.

Acknowledging the inherent difficulties in delivering person-centred, guideline-driven, quality health care in the real world, this workshop will provide practical solutions and tips on how to work ‘outside’ the clinical model to successfully engage clients in treatment.

We will also demonstrate a mapping exercise that maps client needs, service providers and community organisation that work across these three settings, with the goal to ensure better coordination across hep C activities and consistent messaging across programs.