Engaging and providing education for Aboriginal communities

The Deadly Liver Mob program was designed to meet the needs of the community and to ensure that messages were culturally appropriate. Given that Aboriginal culture is one of sharing stories, the model of talking to clients about hepatitis C  and then asking them to pass on the messages to their peers was seen as a culturally appropriate and effective approach. Critical to the success of the initial Deadly Liver Mob program were the Aboriginal staff (sexual health workers and frontline Needle and Syringe Program workers) who were central to designing and putting into practice the education materials and approach.

The education is guided by visual aids and conversational chunks of information such as:

What is hepatitis C?
How do I get it?
How do I avoid it?
What can I do if I have it?

The education session is designed to be easily accessible for any clients with low literacy. It takes possible negative experiences of education into account by taking a one-on-one non-authoritative approach to teaching.