BBVs and Women: The Impact of Gender

Presented by ARCSHS

Wednesday 12 March 2014 09:30 – Wednesday 12 March 2014 13:00
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS)

The Event

Women experience HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C differently to men. 

In addition to differences in disease progression and response to treatment, gendered experiences of pregnancy and childbirth, aging and menopause, culture and language, substance use, sexual health, caring responsibilities, and gender related inequalities can all impact on the health of women living with BBVs.

This seminar will bring together a diverse range of speakers and panellists who will highlight some of the issues facing women living with and affected by chronic HIV and/or viral hepatitis, with an emphasis on the implications for service delivery and improving health outcomes. 

Food will be provided.

RSVP (including any dietary requirements) is essential.

Topics Covered

Presentations will include

·  Dr Anna Olsen, the Kirby Institute

The consideration of gender in diagnosis and management of blood-borne viruses: the case of hepatitis C

·  Dr Regina Quiazon, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

The impact of gender and culture on service delivery and health promotion

·  Michelle Wesley and Vicky Deresa, Positive Women Victoria

Women’s Voices: Living with HIV

·  Nadia Gavin, Harm Reduction Victoria

Alienated by Society: Women and Injecting

·  Carol El Hayek, the Burnet Institute

HIV epidemiology of women in Victoria 

Panel discussion

Women and Hepatitis B: how much do we know?

·  Nafisa Yussf, Multicultural Health and Support Service

·  Gabrielle Bennett, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

·  Tracey Cabrie, Integrated Hepatitis B Service at The Royal Melbourne Hospital

·  Dr Ben Cowie, Royal Melbourne Hospital/ Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory

Who Should Attend?

All welcome!

Date & Time

Wednesday 12 March 2014 09:30 – Wednesday 12 March 2014 13:00




Ground floor (room 104)
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS)
215 Franklin St


Please contact Jen Johnson to register your interest: