Wednesday, 14 August, 12–1 pm
Exploring the potential role of tattooists in delivering harm-reduction information to at-risk clients
Ms Hannah Wilson is a Master of Arts by Research candidate at the Centre for Social Research in Health
Location: Room 221, Level 2, John Goodsell Building.
Map reference F20.
Research shows that at-risk young people, who either inject drugs or are exposed to injecting drug use, have a limited knowledge of hepatitis C and harm reduction services and therefore could be more susceptible to acquiring hepatitis C. Additionally, at-risk young people have been identified as a particularly hard demographic to reach, which makes delivering health promotion to this population problematic. Such research suggests that it may be necessary to think beyond mainstream services and look at unconventional ways of delivering harm reduction to
at-risk young people. Because of the relationship found in both international and Australian research between the presence of tattoos, young people and illicit drug use, this seminar will present research which explored tattooists’ willingness to distribute harm-reduction resources to at-risk young people. The impact of rapport development, hepatitis C knowledge, attitudes to and perceptions of injecting drug use and hepatitis C on tattooists’ willingness will also be examined.
Hannah works with the viral hepatitis team at the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) at UNSW. She joined CSRH in 2009 after completing a Bachelor of Social Science at the University of New South Wales. Since joining CSRH she has primarily been involved in quantitative and qualitative research in the areas of hepatitis C, consumer participation and injecting drug use. Hannah’s seminar is drawn from her recently submitted Master of Arts by Research thesis.