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HAVE YOU SEEN A PLATYPUS?
Capital Region Platypus Census
Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch and the Australian Platypus Conservancy
help conserve platypus populations living in and near the ACT region. For
the future of our native species, it is important to map where platypus are
still abundant in the region. The census will also help us to find out how
their distribution may have changed in recent decades. Please help by sharing
details of platypus sightings that you have made either recently or in the past
- any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Phone number/email address
What was the year (or span of years) when platypus were seen?
How often were platypus seen?
Name of ACT region waterway
Describe the location clearly in relation to named roads or other landmarks
OR by providing a complete GPS or map grid reference:
Please return this form to:
ACT Waterwatch, GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601 or
email details of sightings to email@example.com
Work stigma against
Hepatitis C sufferers
A NEW study has found that more
needs to be done to decrease the
stigma associated with Hepatitis C
and reduce the discrimination those
with the condition experience in the
The author of Risky Business –
Hepatitis C Stigma and Disclosure
in the Workplace, Robyn Davis,
spoke to a group of Canberran
Hepatitis C sufferers about their
decision to disclose their health
condition to their employer.
The study stated that as people
spent the majority of their time at
work it was imperative for them to
feel socially accepted.
This does not happen for people
with Hepatitis C who often have to
invent cover stories to explain why
they are ill because they fear the
discrimination they will face upon
disclosure of their condition.
Ms Davis, who is the ACT
Hepatitis Resource Centre executive
officer, said the major problem was
there was an irrational stigmatis-
ation towards those with the con-
dition because of prejudice of how
they contracted it.
Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus
that can be contracted when the
infected blood of a person enters the
blood stream of another.
The risk factors for infection
include injecting drug use, blood
transfusions from unscreened
donors, needle stick injury and non-
sterile body art and tattooing
Ms Davis said there were a
number of invisible conditions that
were acceptable to disclose to
workmates, such as diabetes, mild
brain injury or the early stages of
‘‘If you want to share that you’re
not going to get the reaction you
would if you shared you had
Hepatitis C,’’ Ms Davis said.
She said this was because society
immediately assumed the condition
came about through injecting drugs
and therefore blame was attached.
‘‘People are terrified of that, and
it’s really ingrained in our society to
be terrified of that,’’ Ms Davis said.
Participants in the study reported
they would not openly disclose their
Hepatitis C status to others in the
workplace, unless they trusted a
particular person, or their condition
was becoming worse and they
needed to receive treatment.
This was because they feared
being judged as an injecting drug
user and therefore losing the respect
Some said they had disclosed
their health status in the past and
found people had irrational fears
they would contract the disease.
The study reported the case of
one participant who, after disclosing
her Hepatitis C status to her
managers, had been systematically
isolated in the workplace and then
The same job was then advertised
and another person recruited to do
Ms Davis said while there was no
quick fix for the way some people
with Hepatitis C were treated, an
investment needed to be made in a
public education campaign to help
remove the stigma attached to the
This would be the first step in
changing the culture of society and
in turn the workplace.
The study concluded that work-
place discrimination laws needed to
be implemented and those discrimi-
nating against others because of
their health status should be held
It also calls for workplace edu-
cation to dispel the myths about
Hepatitis C and create supportive
work environments for affected
people so disclosure is not such a
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