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This thesis attempts to explore some of the research gaps relating to the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) in custodial settings. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, various identified areas of interest will be dealt with as a series of two related, yet separate and distinct studies.
The first of these will employ mathematical modelling methods to determine likely number of incident infections while incarcerated and potential effects of treatment provided at optimal levels.
The second study employs qualitative methods using focus groups and in-depth interviews of ex-prisoners across several jurisdictions to explore understandings of HCV and perceived barriers to prevention and treatment initiatives, with specific regard to identifying differences between mainstream prisoners and those identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait.
Abstract adapted from the National Drug Research Institute
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