What We Do

We work to help prevent hepatitis transmission in our community. 

Hepatitis ACT is the ACT’s community hepatitis organisation. We work to help prevent hepatitis transmission in our community and reduce the impacts for people affected. This website provides information about viral hepatitis and the programs, resources and supports available to the ACT community. For information about hepatitis or any of our services, contact us.

Our Services Include

Hepatitis ACT works to increase community knowledge and awareness of viral hepatitis through the provision of information and education sessions in the Canberra region.

We deliver non-clinical education with and aim to increase knowledge and confidence in the following areas:

  • Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
  • Transmission and associated risk factors
  • Testing
  • Availability of treatment

Hepatitis ACT work in partnership with other community and health services to deliver:

  • Engaging and informative workshops tailored to neet the needs of the community
  • Comprehensive information sessions
  • Community awareness events and stalls
  • Multi language resources, including plain English
  • Targeted education designed for priority populations
  • Promotion of prevention strategies, testing and treatment options

Hepatitis ACT is now hosting a GP/GP registrar from Interchange Health Co-Op at our pop-up GP clinic within our NSP.

The GP will be able to test for Hepatitis C (HCV) infections and provide further liver health support.

We can help with:

  • HCV blood tests
  • Treatment for HCV infections
  • Referral to specialist clinics, if required
  • Education, information and support for the treatment plan

Please Note – Should you need ongoing care, you will be supported to have further GP supported through Interchange Health Co-Op and this may involve a fee-for-service. ( should you need ongoing care, Hepatitis ACT and Interchange Health Co- Op will support you through this process including any fees.) 

This is a walk-in service that operates at Hepatitis ACT on a Thursday from 2pm to 4:30pm.

 

Hepatitis ACT delivers non-clinical workforce education with an aim to increase knowledge and confidence in the following areas:

  • Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
  • Transmission and associated risk factors
  • Testing
  • Availability of treatment

Hepatitis ACT has a long history of delivering education to the workforce, and this work continues to be a large part of the core business of Hepatitis ACT.

 

Hepatitis ACT aims to target staff in the following:

  • Community and social services organisations
  • Staff working with or supporting clients affected by, or at risk of viral hepatitis
  • Alcohol and drug services
  • Aged care facilities
  • Local hospitals
  • Youth services
  • Housing or homelessness services
  • Staff in the personal care industry
  • Staff in construction, water management and other related industries 

Education sessions are tailored to/for organisations needs, time frame, and can be offered in a range of different formats:

  • Face to face
  • Online

Hepatitis ACT is committed to providing the community with non-judgmental evidence-based harm reduction services.

We are proud to offer:

  • Needle and Syringe Program (NSP)
  • Sexual health supplies
  • Blood Borne Virus (BBV) prevention packs
  • Referral and community linkages

Hepatitis ACT provides confidential and easily accessible support services for people affected by viral hepatitis.

Please contact us by phone on the Hepatitis ACT Infoline on 1800 437 222 for any of the following:

  • Informal and formal support sessions including general questions
  • Referral and community linkages
  • Provision of evidence-based hepatitis resources
  • Provision of harm reduction supplies and Blood Borne Virus (BBV) prevention packs
  • Viral hepatitis peer support
  • Advocacy for people affected by viral hepatitis at both the community and systems levels

The Hepatitis ACT Infoline is available to:

  • People living with hepatitis or a liver condition, their family, friends and employers
  • Health professionals
  • Service provider staff (e.g. Alcohol and Other Drug services) and
  • Anyone with an interest in liver health and hepatitis

Our FREE Infoline is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

 

The It’s Your Right campaign launched on June 14th and is rolling out across Canberra. It’s Your Right is promoting hepatitis C testing and treatment to people who inject drugs. We want to let people know that the new treatments are easier, have less side effects, can be done while using drugs, and that people can be treated again, and again.

 

The campaign will run for 3 months, using billboards, posters, street advertising, social media, and a dedicated website to raise awareness about treatments, encouraging people to connect with their local peer organisation. Peers are people with lived experience of hep C and/or injecting drug use and are trusted sources of support and Hepatitis ACT will have peers out on the ground to talk to people and to provide information about testing, treatments and support. 

 

The campaign was designed with and for people who inject drugs. Hepatitis ACT is a proud partner of the It’s Your Right campaign supported by the Eliminate Hepatitis C Australia Partnership (EC Australia) led by Burnet Institute and the Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL). We are working towards eliminating hepatitis C as a public health threat in Australia.

 

For more Information about Our Services Call Hepatitis ACT Infoline

Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm