Investigation of Hepatitis C risk practices among injecting drug users: identifying specific risk behaviours and their context (ABRIDUS)

  • Research program: Prevention and early intervention
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: November 1999
  • Expected end date: December 2000
  • Completion date: July 2002
  • Funded by: NHMRC via Turning Point, Victoria
  • Lead organisation:

The National Health and Medical Research Council, through the Hepatitis C Social and Behavioural Research Grants Award, funded this study, which was a national survey of hepatitis C risk practices among injecting drug users. The purpose of this project was to measure the extent to which injecting drug users in Australia engaged in practices that carry the risk of transmitting the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The study comprised a survey of injecting drug users conducted in a number of jurisdictions across Australia (Vic, NSW, WA). This survey utilised a newly developed research instrument (the BBV TRAQ) in order to quantify the extent to which these individuals are engaging in practices which carry the risk of the transmission of the hepatitis C virus. The project also identified key contextual determinants of these practices.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Chief Investigator: Greg Rumbold, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
  • Chief Investigator: Nicholas Lintzeris, University of Sydney
  • Chief Investigator: Kate Dolan, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Jude Byrne, AIVL
  • Chief Investigator: Craig Fry, Victoria University
  • Co-investigator: Wendy Loxley, Curtin University
  • Project staff: Amanda Bolleter, Curtin University
  • Project staff: Susan Carruthers, Curtin University

This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

Carruthers, S. (2003). The ins and outs of injecting in Western Australia. Journal of Substance Use, 8, (1), pp. 11-18. doi:10.1080/1465989021000067191 [RJ391] View web page

Carruthers, S. and Loxley, W. (2002). Attitudes of novice heroin injectors towards non-injecting routes of administration to prevent the transmission of blood borne viruses. International Journal of Drug Policy, 13, (1), pp. 69-74. doi:10.1016/S0955-3959(02)00005-1 [RJ368] View web page