In 2018 the inaugural National Competition for Excellence in Hepatitis C Health Promotion was run by the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University (Curtin). Due to the interest in and success of the inaugural competition, the competition is being held for a second time in 2019.

In 2012, researchers from UNSW and Curtin published a series of 11 recommendations for guiding the design and presentation of health promotion resources for hepatitis C prevention. The recommendations were published in a community report (PDF) available for free download and in an academic publication.

Agencies that produce and distribute hepatitis C health promotion resources are typically community based or located within publicly-funded health services. These organisations are often under-resourced to producing creative, evidence-informed resources and rarely have resources to engage with existing research in ways that could guide their efforts.

The overall goal of the National Competition for Excellence in Hepatitis C Health Promotion is to encourage innovation in this field and to foster the continued development of effective health promotion messages that improve hepatitis C prevention outcomes and reduce the stigma that can be associated with hepatitis C prevention efforts.

To enter the competition, applicants must submit a hepatitis C promotional resource that they and/or their organisation have created that they believe reflects one or more of the 11 recommendations for guiding the design and presentation of health promotion resources for hepatitis C prevention. This promotional resource can be either be an electronic resource or a print resource.

The winner of the competition received a prepaid VISA card to the value of $A5000.

The competition opened on Friday, 24 May 2019 and closed on Monday, 24 June 2019.