Great progress on viral hepatitis but still too early to celebrate

HEPATITIS AUSTRALIA Media Release 6 November 2017 The number of Australians living with hepatitis C and advanced liver disease has fallen for the first time in ten years but elimination of the virus remains uncertain, according to campaigners. Published today, the Kirby Institute’s latest Annual Surveillance Report on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible Infections […]

2017 Hepatitis C Change Makers

Hepatitis ACT congratulates the 18 hepatitis C change makers recognised for their innovative, replicable, scalable, feasible and meaningful impacts in hepatitis C elimination. In particular we acknowledge the three Australian recipients: Helen Tyrrell (Hepatitis Australia), Melanie Eagle (Hepatitis Victoria) and Professor Greg Dore (UNSW; St Vincent’s Hospital). The Economist Intelligence Unit HCV C Change Makers […]

It is now easier for GPs to prescribe hepatitis C treatment

Changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule in 2016 have made it possible for GPs to prescribe treatment to patients with hepatitis C. With nearly 90% of these patients yet to receive their treatment, your clinic can really make a difference! Testing and treating patients is simple: new treatments result in virtually no side effects and […]

HEPATITIS A CASES POTENTIALLY LINKED TO FROZEN BERRIES

Hepatitis ACT has learned of recent concerns about a small number of cases nationally of hepatitis A apparently linked to a batch of frozen berries. At the time of writing there has been three cases reported (one in each of Victoria, Queensland and South Australia). Entyce Food Ingredients has recalled their 300g ‘Creative Gourmet Mix […]

The Importance of testing after completing hepatitis C treatment

This notice is prompted by conversations with community hepatitis organisations, specialists, doctors and health consumers. This advice comes with the strong endorsement of Associate Professor Simone Strasser, Senior Staff Specialist at the AW Morrow Gastroenterology and Liver Centre at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. It is absolutely essential for anyone and everyone undergoing […]

Australasian Viral Hepatitis Elimination Conference 2017

The inaugural Australasian Viral Hepatitis Elimination Conference 2017, taking place at the Pullman Cairns International, Queensland, 10–11 August 2017, aims to gather those working in the field of Viral Hepatitis – as well as policy makers, researchers, primary health care providers and other individuals committed towards virtual hepatitis elimination. The program will present the latest […]