The aims of the Deadly Liver Mob program are to:
Aims and program logic
Figure 1 presents the logic model used to develop the Deadly Liver Mob program. This model clearly illustrates the desired outcomes for the project and links these to the impacts, activities and inputs required to establish and implement the program.
Program Logic Model for Deadly Liver Mob
The model describes the range of resources that are recommended to establish and run a Deadly Liver Mob program. This includes funding (especially for designated Aboriginal workers and incentive payments), appropriate engagement and ownership of the program by Aboriginal health workers, and partnerships between services.
The model describes the activities recommended to successfully plan the set up of a Deadly Liver Mob program. This includes development of educational activities and resources to be provided to community members, promotion of the program to the local community, facilitating screening, preparing referral pathways between services, and gaining approval from appropriate ethics committees.
The impacts of the DLM program are considered in a range of areas including those of knowledge, access to services, screening, decreasing stigma and discrimination associated with hepatitis C, and service level impacts such as improved community relationships.
Following the aims of the program, the projected outcomes of Deadly Liver Mob programs relate to increased awareness of hepatitis C among Aboriginal communities as well as increased uptake of blood borne virus and sexually transmissible infections testing and treatment and the overall improvement in liver health of the target community.
‘ … You do need to be flexible with any of these models and sometimes when the models are being developed … they have to be quite well-defined, like the framework itself needs to be well-defined … but you tend to have to be more flexible and find other ways to do things if something comes up. And it’s something that I really admire in the staff here, like, “Okay, well, that’s not working, let’s try something else,” and trying to see what’s going to work best for getting this project to roll out or to make it work …’Staff Member