Date: 28th March 2019
Location: Stirling Management Centre, University of Stirling, Airthrey Road, Stirling FK9 4LA
Cost: £40/£35 for SDF Members
‘Access All Areas’ is national conference – one of two case-finding and access related conferences – that will explore and highlight good practice opportunities and practical implications for staff and services focussing on eliminating hepatitis C as a public health issue in Scotland. A national expert working group recently found that meeting this outcome in Scotland requires improving the impact of HCV awareness-raising, case-finding, re-engagement, and a consequent scale-up of treatment and care.
In Scotland there are just over 13,000 people who have been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C and who have not yet been treated or have not accessed care services. Chaired by Professor John Dillon, the first conference will focus on improving and exploring ways of encouraging greater numbers of people who all ready have a diagnosis to access care and clear the virus.
People living with hepatitis C in Scotland should feel confident that they will receive equitable access to treatment. Integrating treatment and testing in community-based services enhances access, increases opportunities for peer education and support. Using peers as educators and support can also help overcome systemic and cultural barriers.
The day will explore, through presentations and workshops, issues such as current epidemiology, data sharing, communication methods for contacting someone who has been previously diagnosed , local and peer-based awareness-raising and support and clinic and service accessibility, including primary and secondary care treatment provision.
The conferences will be suitable for policymakers and commissioners, Managed Care Networks (MCNs) and Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs), NHS and other statutory and third sector, including peer-led, services staff.
The cost for each whole day conference will be £40 (£35 for SDF Members – SDF Membership is free) however bookings are currently only being taken for the first event on the 28th of March 2019 – please use the below booking form to secure your place at this event.