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Viral hepatitis (A, B & C)

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and it can be caused by a virus or other non-viral causes.  The main difference between the viruses is how they are spread and the effects they have on your health.

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Prevention

There are safe and effective vaccines that protect you from getting hepatitis A and B.  While there is no vaccine for hep C, by being ‘blood aware’ you can reduce your overall chance of being exposed to the virus.

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Living with Hepatitis

People with chronic hepatitis can do a number of things to stay healthy including limiting/avoiding alcohol, reducing stress, not smoking, getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.

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Treatment

Effective treatment is available for both chronic hepatitis B and C.  Before you can see a liver specialist to talk about going on treatment, you need to get a referral from your GP first.

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Australia has made history.

New interferon-free medications are now available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to treat the most common forms of Hepatitis C in Australia. By investing in Hepatitis C treatments that are shorter in duration (usually 12 weeks), have very few side effects, and very high cure rates (around 95%) we are approaching the tipping point. With increased treatment access, and GP’s now able to prescribe, we are facing a new reality where we can leave behind a disease that kills over 600 people in Australia every year and we can work towards eliminating hepatitis C nationwide within 10-15 years.

If you are thinking about treatment, ask your doctor or specialist about the new treatments or call your local hepatitis organisation on 1800 437 222 (1800 HEP ABC) to find out more.

More information:
New treatments for hepatitis C factsheet
Hepatitis C Treatment infographic - A great infographic on the medications and the relevant genotypes
News coverage on the new treatments - ”Hepatitis C cures now as cheap as $6.20”
Minister for Health media release
Hepatitis Australia new treatment factsheet
Hepatitis Australia new treatment video


If you are a clinician providing treatment, or would like to provide treatment in the future, the new guidelines for treatment have been released here.

If you are a GP and considering starting treatment in consultation with a specialist (gastroenterologist, hepatologist of infectious disease physician), the GP algorithm is here and PBS Frequently Asked Questions are here. ASHM will also be conducting training nationwide for GP’s interested in treatment updates for hepatitis C.

The government is investing a record 1 billion dollars to make treatments available without any restriction on level of disease. Hepatitis Queensland would like to say thank you to all the members and people affected by hepatitis C who have supported us and assisted many of our member organisations across Australia. You have told your stories, filled in surveys, made submissions to the government, and made your voices heard. Without this grassroots support from our members and the affected community across the country, we would not be at this historic moment today. So from the team here at HQ, thank you!

Please share this with your friends, colleagues, and networks!


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Australia has made history.

New interferon-free medications are now available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to treat the most common forms of Hepatitis C in Australia. By investing in Hepatitis C treatments that are shorter in duration (usually 12 weeks), have very few side effects, and very high cure rates (around 95%) we are approaching the tipping point. With increased treatment access, and GP’s now able to prescribe, we are facing a new reality where we can leave behind a disease that kills over 600 people in Australia every year and we can work towards eliminating hepatitis C nationwide within 10-15 years.

If you are thinking about treatment, ask your doctor or specialist about the new treatments or call your local hepatitis organisation on 1800 437 222 (1800 HEP ABC) to find out more.

More information:
New treatments for hepatitis C factsheet
Hepatitis C Treatment infographic - A great infographic on the medications and the relevant genotypes
News coverage on the new treatments - ”Hepatitis C cures now as cheap as $6.20”
Minister for Health media release
Hepatitis Australia new treatment factsheet
Hepatitis Australia new treatment video


If you are a clinician providing treatment, or would like to provide treatment in the future, the new guidelines for treatment have been released here.

If you are a GP and considering starting treatment in consultation with a specialist (gastroenterologist, hepatologist of infectious disease physician), the GP algorithm is here and PBS Frequently Asked Questions are here. ASHM will also be conducting training nationwide for GP’s interested in treatment updates for hepatitis C.

The government is investing a record 1 billion dollars to make treatments available without any restriction on level of disease. Hepatitis Queensland would like to say thank you to all the members and people affected by hepatitis C who have supported us and assisted many of our member organisations across Australia. You have told your stories, filled in surveys, made submissions to the government, and made your voices heard. Without this grassroots support from our members and the affected community across the country, we would not be at this historic moment today. So from the team here at HQ, thank you!

Please share this with your friends, colleagues, and networks!


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Australia has made history.

New interferon-free medications are now available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to treat the most common forms of Hepatitis C in Australia. By investing in Hepatitis C treatments that are shorter in duration (usually 12 weeks), have very few side effects, and very high cure rates (around 95%) we are approaching the tipping point. With increased treatment access, and GP’s now able to prescribe, we are facing a new reality where we can leave behind a disease that kills over 600 people in Australia every year and we can work towards eliminating hepatitis C nationwide within 10-15 years.

If you are thinking about treatment, ask your doctor or specialist about the new treatments or call your local hepatitis organisation on 1800 437 222 (1800 HEP ABC) to find out more.

More information:
New treatments for hepatitis C factsheet
Hepatitis C Treatment infographic - A great infographic on the medications and the relevant genotypes
News coverage on the new treatments - ”Hepatitis C cures now as cheap as $6.20”
Minister for Health media release
Hepatitis Australia new treatment factsheet
Hepatitis Australia new treatment video


If you are a clinician providing treatment, or would like to provide treatment in the future, the new guidelines for treatment have been released here.

If you are a GP and considering starting treatment in consultation with a specialist (gastroenterologist, hepatologist of infectious disease physician), the GP algorithm is here and PBS Frequently Asked Questions are here. ASHM will also be conducting training nationwide for GP’s interested in treatment updates for hepatitis C.

The government is investing a record 1 billion dollars to make treatments available without any restriction on level of disease. Hepatitis Queensland would like to say thank you to all the members and people affected by hepatitis C who have supported us and assisted many of our member organisations across Australia. You have told your stories, filled in surveys, made submissions to the government, and made your voices heard. Without this grassroots support from our members and the affected community across the country, we would not be at this historic moment today. So from the team here at HQ, thank you!

Please share this with your friends, colleagues, and networks!


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Australia has made history.

New interferon-free medications are now available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to treat the most common forms of Hepatitis C in Australia. By investing in Hepatitis C treatments that are shorter in duration (usually 12 weeks), have very few side effects, and very high cure rates (around 95%) we are approaching the tipping point. With increased treatment access, and GP’s now able to prescribe, we are facing a new reality where we can leave behind a disease that kills over 600 people in Australia every year and we can work towards eliminating hepatitis C nationwide within 10-15 years.

If you are thinking about treatment, ask your doctor or specialist about the new treatments or call your local hepatitis organisation on 1800 437 222 (1800 HEP ABC) to find out more.

More information:
New treatments for hepatitis C factsheet
Hepatitis C Treatment infographic - A great infographic on the medications and the relevant genotypes
News coverage on the new treatments - ”Hepatitis C cures now as cheap as $6.20”
Minister for Health media release
Hepatitis Australia new treatment factsheet
Hepatitis Australia new treatment video


If you are a clinician providing treatment, or would like to provide treatment in the future, the new guidelines for treatment have been released here.

If you are a GP and considering starting treatment in consultation with a specialist (gastroenterologist, hepatologist of infectious disease physician), the GP algorithm is here and PBS Frequently Asked Questions are here. ASHM will also be conducting training nationwide for GP’s interested in treatment updates for hepatitis C.

The government is investing a record 1 billion dollars to make treatments available without any restriction on level of disease. Hepatitis Queensland would like to say thank you to all the members and people affected by hepatitis C who have supported us and assisted many of our member organisations across Australia. You have told your stories, filled in surveys, made submissions to the government, and made your voices heard. Without this grassroots support from our members and the affected community across the country, we would not be at this historic moment today. So from the team here at HQ, thank you!

Please share this with your friends, colleagues, and networks!


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"The moment we've all been waiting for is here!"

 

Australia has made history.

New interferon-free medications are now available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to treat the most common forms of Hepatitis C in Australia. By investing in Hepatitis C treatments that are shorter in duration (usually 12 weeks), have very few side effects, and very high cure rates (around 95%) we are approaching the tipping point. With increased treatment access, and GP’s now able to prescribe, we are facing a new reality where we can leave behind a disease that kills over 600 people in Australia every year and we can work towards eliminating hepatitis C nationwide within 10-15 years.

If you are thinking about treatment, ask your doctor or specialist about the new treatments or call your local hepatitis organisation on 1800 437 222 (1800 HEP ABC) to find out more.

More information:
New treatments for hepatitis C factsheet
Hepatitis C Treatment infographic - A great infographic on the medications and the relevant genotypes
News coverage on the new treatments - ”Hepatitis C cures now as cheap as $6.20”
Minister for Health media release
Hepatitis Australia new treatment factsheet
Hepatitis Australia new treatment video


If you are a clinician providing treatment, or would like to provide treatment in the future, the new guidelines for treatment have been released here.

If you are a GP and considering starting treatment in consultation with a specialist (gastroenterologist, hepatologist of infectious disease physician), the GP algorithm is here and PBS Frequently Asked Questions are here. ASHM will also be conducting training nationwide for GP’s interested in treatment updates for hepatitis C.

The government is investing a record 1 billion dollars to make treatments available without any restriction on level of disease. Hepatitis Queensland would like to say thank you to all the members and people affected by hepatitis C who have supported us and assisted many of our member organisations across Australia. You have told your stories, filled in surveys, made submissions to the government, and made your voices heard. Without this grassroots support from our members and the affected community across the country, we would not be at this historic moment today. So from the team here at HQ, thank you!

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