We believe that through the collaboration of researchers, clinicians, advocates, and communities of people who use drugs, we can fight the shame and stigma our communities so often face, drive change on a global scale, and ultimately improve the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs. Together, we can make a difference.
Who should join INHSU?
Our network’s focus is on the health of people who use drugs, with a specific focus on hepatitis C, other infectious diseases, and harms related to drug use. We welcome people from all sectors, from epidemiology and clinical services to frontline service providers and peer support workers.
At the heart of our network is the voice of people with a lived or living experience drug use or viral hepatitis or other infectious diseases.
Clinicians, nurses, allied health, and all those working in the health of people who use drugs will benefit from the network.
From senior academics to early career researchers, all are welcome to join INHSU, with myriad opportunities to network and showcase work.
Advocates, policymakers, community workers and more are all part of INHSU.
- Enjoy discounted registration rates to the Annual Conference
- Ongoing professional development opportunities including:
- Contribution to the annual conference, and other events, through committee participation or abstract review
- International networking opportunities through our Special Interest Groups such as INHSU Prisons, plus EMCR, Nurses and Community Committees
- Reviewing opportunities including global policy, clinical, and research projects
- Join the mentor/mentee pool and collaborate with members globally
- Raise awareness of your work and your organisation with INHSU promotional opportunities on social media, website and email
- Minimum of two member-only events every year
- Monthly newsletter with current professional development opportunities at INHSU plus other sector opportunities
- Exclusive Ask Me Anything’s (AMAs) for members. If you have a work challenge you are not sure how to tackle, we can connect you with another member who may be able to help
- Contribute to the governance of the organisation by voting at the annual General Assembly Meeting and/or standing for election to join our Governing Board, made up of representatives from across the world
- Opportunity to be connected with key opinion leaders in the fields of hepatitis, drug policy, and the broader health of people who use drugs
- Opportunity to suggest research for inclusion in our monthly e-news publication, shared with 3,500 people globally
- New members profiled in our monthly INHSU e-news, disseminated to 3,500 people globally
- New members for the INHSU Prisons Executive Committee sought to contribute to shaping the future of this Special Interest Group
- Judges required for our global competition ‘Connecting with Care’, which profiled innovative models of HCV care
- Expressions of Interest sought for reviewers for a new Hepatitis C Intervention Toolkit, which will shape the future of HCV care globally
- Opportunity to join our INHSU Nurses Committee to help shape nursing activities at the 2022 INHSU Conference
- Opportunity for professional development opportunities through our EMCR Committee
What our members say
“INSHU Prisons Special Interest Group has allowed me to expand my network, learn from others, and advance and advocate for hepatitis C care in the custodial sector worldwide,” Dr Nadine Kronfli, Canada
“INHSU isn’t a narrow, conservative network – it’s a very diverse group of people who share common goals and come at it from a broad range of backgrounds and disciplines,” Professor Greg Dore, Australia.
“INHSU connects me with like-minded individuals, committed to improving the lives of people who use drugs. Joining has helped empower me to do my Masters in Public Health. ,” Louise Hansford, Hepatitis C Elimination Coordinator, England.
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Nurses, Allied Health, Social Workers, Community Workers*, and those from LMIC**
*To be eligible you must be employed by a not-for-profit community organisation, work for a community-based organisation or direct-action group.
** Countries that are considered Low Income Economies and Lower-Middle Income Economies by the World Bank. Please visit the World Bank website for the latest information on world economy classifications.
Community* and students**
*A person with lived experience of hepatitis and/or HIV and/or drug use
** A student is defined as a holder of a full-time student identification card from a recognised tertiary or secondary educational institution or international student card.
If you believe you are eligible for a discounted or complimentary membership, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a discount code.