20 December 2020
INHSU is celebrating the success of its first-ever virtual workshops, launched as part of our ongoing hepatitis C education program. The pilot workshops were created for German physicians and welcomed over 40 attendees from across the country.
The virtual workshops form part of INHSU’s three-part hepatitis C education program – online learning modules, workshop, and a toolkit with practical resources tailored to the local setting. The program is available in 10 countries and pre-COVID, the workshop element was always held face-to-face.
Virtual workshops allow learning despite COVID-19
“These German events marked our first-ever virtual workshops,” says Nikitah Habraken, INHSU Program Manager. “With over 40 attendees they were a huge success and have proven that we can continue to deliver this important education during COVID-19 restrictions.”
Held across two dates to meet demand, the events welcomed local experts who facilitated practical and collaborative sessions. The virtual workshops aimed to reinforce best practice hepatitis C assessment, treatment and management for people who use drugs.
The speakers included:
- Dr. Patrick Ingiliz, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
- Dirk Schäffer, Head of Division, Deutsche Aidshilfe
- Dr. Pavel Khaykin, Specialist in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Addiction and Travel Medicine
- Prof. Dr. Jens Reimer, Professor of Psychiatry
- Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rockstroh, Professor of Medicine and Head of the HIV Outpatient Clinic
- Dr. Herbert Görne, Specialist in General Medicine
Every INHSU education program is developed in close collaboration with a local steering committee, ensuring it is relevant, practical and up-to-date for each location. The German workshops were endorsed by organisations including Deutsche Leberstiftung, Akzept, Deutsche Aidshilfe, Dagnae, Deutsche Leberhilfe.
INHSU would like to thank our German steering committee and workshop facilitators for their efforts in bringing the program together.
More about INHSU’s hepatitis C education program
Developed in collaboration with the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) and the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), our education program provides important education for healthcare professionals around the world who work with people who use drugs.
People injecting drugs account for about 90% of new cases of hepatitis C infection globally, and healthcare professionals who work with this vulnerable community play an important role in reducing HCV-related mortality through early diagnosis and treatment.
The INHSU hepatitis C education program aims to provide up-to-date, practical and country-specific education for doctors, nurses, addiction medicine specialists and other team members who work with people who inject drugs. The education program is free to access.
Through online learning and a workshop held by local experts, participants will acquire the skills to safely manage hepatitis C in their own settings.