Phase 1 of this project involved collecting video recordings of clients injecting at the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre and then conducting interviews with these clients after they had reviewed the video footage of their injecting episode. Phase 2 of the project, funded by NSW Health, began in 2007. A series of focus groups was held with people who inject drugs. In these groups, participants reviewed the video material and findings of Phase 1 with the aim of developing peer education messages to use within their injecting networks. Participants trialled these messages within their networks and then attended subsequent groups to discuss the effectiveness of these messages and modify the interventions. The goal of this project was to develop effective hepatitis C prevention messages as well as to provide data for the development of a peer education model for blood-borne virus prevention among people who inject drugs.
NSW Health, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing