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Hepatitis C and initiates into injecting drug use among young people: Part 1 - The first shot,
by Megan Williams and Phil Crane

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.3, pp.11-17

Abstract: Hepatitis C is one of the most significant public health issues in Australia. Concerning rates of hepatitis C infection among young people are related to injecting drug use. To inform the development of appropriate and timely hepatitis C prevention strategies specifically targeting young people new to injecting, QulVAA, a community-based organisation in Brisbane, undertook a research project exploring how young people first come to inject drugs, and how they learn about hepatitis C and sterile injecting drug use. Part 1 reports some of the findings of the research and highlights the urgent need to develop specific hepatitis C education activities that take into account the social context of drug use.

Hepatitis C and initiates into injecting drug use among young people: Part 2 - Educating young initiates about hepatitis C prevention,
by Phil Crane and Megan Williams

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.3, pp.18-24

Abstract: Young people new to injecting drug use are a priority target group for hepatitis C prevention education. The Iniates to Injecting (i2i) Research Project found that young people surveyed and interviewed had low levels of knowledge about hepatitis C transmission and sterile injecting at the time they first injected, and that information giving and receiving was not an integral part of the first injecting experience. Part 2 poses various hepatitis C prevention challenges and opportunities prior to, during and after a young person's initial injecting experience and highlights the valuable role of peer-led education in hepatitis C prevention.

Hepatitis infection among adolescents in the Melbourne Juvenile Justice centre: Risk factors and challenges,
by Elaine L. Ogilvie, Friederike Veit, Nick Crofts and Sandra C. Thompson

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.3, pp.25-30

Abstract: In order to describe patterns of infection with, and risks for, hepatitis A, B and C viruses in male adolescents in the Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre, the researchers used a cross-sectional serosurvey for hepatitis A, B and C among 90 of the MJJC residents aged 15 to 18 years. The findings show that the residents are vulnerable to exposure to blood-borne viruses from an early age, posing a challenge for health education programs. According to the authors, an opportunity exists for harm minimisation and prevention of the spread of blood-borne viruses within the first year of injecting drug use in this population.

The fine line: Students' perceptions of drinking, having fun and losing control,
by Fiona Farringdon, Nyanda McBride and Richard Midford

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.3, pp.32-38

Abstract: One of the strongest messages emerging from a series of focus groups conducted with Year 12 Western Australian students was that alcohol education programs that ignored young people's concerns are likely to be viewed by the target audience as irrelevant. This information was used in the development of the SHAHRP 2000 program, a quasi-experimental, research intervention involving over 2,000 students in Western Australia.
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Community-based approaches to drug abuse issues: Some lessons learned and future implications,
by Scott Phillips

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.3, pp.39-43

Australia can be justly proud of its efforts in developing policies to minimise the harm caused by drugs. In moving beyond prohibitionist thinking, governments in Australia have worked collaboratively to develop a more holistic approach that better balances strategies to interdict supply of illicit drugs to users with strategies to reduce demand for drugs and address the harm associated with their misuse. This article looks at ways in which we can further develop community-based approaches in helping young people with drug abuse issues.

Political correctness, surface tension and passive racism: A preliminary analysis of students' lived experiences of cultural diversity at the University of Melbourne,
by Jennifer Grafton and Joanne M Lye

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.3, pp.44-51

Abstract: Historically, the student body of the University of Melbourne has been remarkably homogeneous. A distinguishing characteristic of the populous has been an overwhelming majority of Anglo-Saxon students. *The growth in numbers, therefore, of previously under-represented cultural groups is presenting some interesting challenges to the nature and character of inter-cultural relations on campus. This paper examines the effects of this cultural transformation on students' lived experiences as the University of Melbourne. The main findings from the study indicate that while a consciousness of "political correctness" is pervasive among the students, there is evidence of intercultural tensions and passive racism on campus.

Last modified: 11 December, 2007