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New beginning



New beginning is an Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) program that provides workshops on hepatitis C for Aboriginal injecting drug users. This program was designed by a group of Aboriginal injecting drug users in the Canberra region and is ideally delivered (as originally intended) by Aboriginal injecting drug users to their injecting peers, with the content adapted to be relevant to their own context and geographic area. The workshop is supported by a resource kit which includes:

The focus of the workshop is on prevention of hepatitis C transmission but also includes modules on safer injecting, vein care and hand washing/hygiene. Content can be adapted to participants' needs.

Aboriginal injecting drug users who are interested in conducting a workshop should contact AIVL to obtain a kit and/or organise a training session.

Abstract adapted from Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League


Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
Sydney Building
Level 2, 112-116 Alinga St
GPO Box 1552
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6279 1600
Fax: (02) 6279 1610

Related publications

Madden A, Arabena K (2009)

Why are the rates of hepatitis higher in Aboriginal injecting drug users.

Canberra: Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League


Last updated: 15 March 2016
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