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 program recognises 18 hepatitis C innovators doing exemplary work in the program’s three thematic areas: multi-stakeholder approaches; screening; and technology. The innovators’ ground-breaking efforts inspire and guide their peers on the path to HCV elimination. The program also aims to spark debate and action on hepatitis C policy and access to care.

While prevention and treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) have traditionally been fragmented, multi-sector collaboration to address health gaps is becoming increasingly common. The success of Australia’s response to hepatitis C has been underpinned by a partnership approach across the government, community, clinical and research sectors.

For 2017 Professor Greg Dore and Helen Tyrrell have been recognised for their efforts in multi-stakeholder approaches.
• Prof Dore heads up the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Programme at the Kirby Institute and is an Infectious Diseases Physician at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.
• Helen Tyrrell is the CEO of Hepatitis Australia, the peak community hepatitis organisation in Australia with a mission to lead an effective national community response to hepatitis B and hepatitis C in Australia.

Australia has also been recognised in the area of technology. This looks at the role of technology in delivering information that supports prevention and connectedness to care. The CEO of Hepatitis Victoria, Melanie Eagle has been acknowledged for raising awareness of Hepatitis C amongst healthcare practitioners with online education tools, and amongst patients with a mobile app to assess liver health information.

To find out more and to see who else has been recognised go to http://pathtozero.eiu.com/2017-hcv-change-makers/