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Deadly Liver Mob Project



Deadly Liver Mob is a peer-driven incentive-based program that offers education and screening for blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. It focuses on existing clients and seeks to engage with their networks, increasing people’s access to services.

Based on a successful hepatitis C intervention program in Western Sydney, the program has been expanded across NSW to encompass other blood borne viruses. The impact of the program is being evaluated through a research partnership with University of New South Wales Centre for Social Research in Health.

The program is delivered by Aboriginal Health Workers and offers shopping vouchers as incentives for clients to consider participating in:

Clients receive a $20 supermarket voucher when they participate in the initial education and can claim additional vouchers on subsequent visits.

Using shopping vouchers as an incentive has resulted in much wider networks of people attending hepatitis education, testing and counselling, including several generations of family members. In its first 12 months, the project engaged more than 400 Aboriginal people in a hepatitis health promotion activity, with subsequent referral of more than 300 people to sexual health screening.

Abstract adapted from The Kirby Institute


Carla Treloar
Centre for Social Research in Health
University of New South Wales
Room 244 Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Sydney NSW 2052
Phone: (02) 9385 6959

Evaluated publications

Biggs K, Walsh J, Ooi C (2016)

Deadly Liver Mob: opening the door - improving sexual health pathways for Aboriginal people in Western Sydney.

Sexual Health; Online early(


Last updated: 21 February 2018
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