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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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More deaths if we don’t act on viral hepatitis

Queensland campaigners call for urgent action to increase hepatitis testing and treatment

2014 saw nearly 1,000 deaths from hepatitis B and C. An urgent call for government action to better equip thousands of Queenslanders living with viral hepatitis to combat life-threatening liver disease has been issued by peak health groups.

Calling for increased testing, improved access to liver check-ups and rapid access to new therapies, Hepatitis Queensland warn that 1,000 Australian lives are lost each year due to hepatitis-related liver disease and, without urgent action, deaths from viral hepatitis will increase.

Speaking on World Hepatitis Day (28 July), Hepatitis Queensland CEO Clint Ferndale said that, “We must never lose sight of the fact that hepatitis B and C are preventable, treatable liver health conditions. Chronic hepatitis B and C are liver-destroying viruses. In Queensland, 68,332 people have been exposed to hepatitis C and 37,427 live with hepatitis B – yet only a tiny fraction of these people are being monitored or treated,” he said.

"2015 has been a watershed year in the fight against viral hepatitis with a Federal Government inquiry into Hepatitis C, an advisory committee recommendation for the Government to subsidise new generation hepatitis C interferon-free therapies, and improved access to hepatitis B medicines. However without urgent action, Australia risks squandering a huge opportunity to help half a million Australians living with chronic hepatitis B and C – that’s why we’re launching our Time For Action campaign today,” said Mr Ferndale.

The Time For Action campaign aims to highlight the simple but positive actions individuals, communities, healthcare providers and governments can take to combat viral hepatitis. With a call to ‘get tested, have a liver check-up, and ask about treatment’, the campaign aims to encourage Queenslanders living with chronic hepatitis to protect their liver health. It also includes a call for governments to increase access to liver health services and new treatments and achieve the targets set in the National Strategies.

“It is essential that communities stand shoulder-to-shoulder with people living with hepatitis to ensure we prevent, test, monitor and treat hepatitis B and hepatitis C at every opportunity,” Mr Ferndale said.

Hepatitis Queensland said that Australia needs to use all the tools at its disposal – from hepatitis B vaccination, needle and syringe programs, liver check-ups and treatments – to reduce the burden of chronic hepatitis B and C.

“Now is the time for the Department of Health to support expansion of community based hepatitis health services and subsidise new hepatitis C treatments,” Mr Ferndale concluded.

For further information and data on hepatitis B and C visit www.hepqld.asn.au

Media Contact: Hepatitis Queensland CEO Clint Ferndale 0417216761

Click here to download Viral Hepatitis Statistics 2015


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More deaths if we don’t act on viral hepatitis

Queensland campaigners call for urgent action to increase hepatitis testing and treatment

2014 saw nearly 1,000 deaths from hepatitis B and C. An urgent call for government action to better equip thousands of Queenslanders living with viral hepatitis to combat life-threatening liver disease has been issued by peak health groups.

Calling for increased testing, improved access to liver check-ups and rapid access to new therapies, Hepatitis Queensland warn that 1,000 Australian lives are lost each year due to hepatitis-related liver disease and, without urgent action, deaths from viral hepatitis will increase.

Speaking on World Hepatitis Day (28 July), Hepatitis Queensland CEO Clint Ferndale said that, “We must never lose sight of the fact that hepatitis B and C are preventable, treatable liver health conditions. Chronic hepatitis B and C are liver-destroying viruses. In Queensland, 68,332 people have been exposed to hepatitis C and 37,427 live with hepatitis B – yet only a tiny fraction of these people are being monitored or treated,” he said.

"2015 has been a watershed year in the fight against viral hepatitis with a Federal Government inquiry into Hepatitis C, an advisory committee recommendation for the Government to subsidise new generation hepatitis C interferon-free therapies, and improved access to hepatitis B medicines. However without urgent action, Australia risks squandering a huge opportunity to help half a million Australians living with chronic hepatitis B and C – that’s why we’re launching our Time For Action campaign today,” said Mr Ferndale.

The Time For Action campaign aims to highlight the simple but positive actions individuals, communities, healthcare providers and governments can take to combat viral hepatitis. With a call to ‘get tested, have a liver check-up, and ask about treatment’, the campaign aims to encourage Queenslanders living with chronic hepatitis to protect their liver health. It also includes a call for governments to increase access to liver health services and new treatments and achieve the targets set in the National Strategies.

“It is essential that communities stand shoulder-to-shoulder with people living with hepatitis to ensure we prevent, test, monitor and treat hepatitis B and hepatitis C at every opportunity,” Mr Ferndale said.

Hepatitis Queensland said that Australia needs to use all the tools at its disposal – from hepatitis B vaccination, needle and syringe programs, liver check-ups and treatments – to reduce the burden of chronic hepatitis B and C.

“Now is the time for the Department of Health to support expansion of community based hepatitis health services and subsidise new hepatitis C treatments,” Mr Ferndale concluded.

For further information and data on hepatitis B and C visit www.hepqld.asn.au

Media Contact: Hepatitis Queensland CEO Clint Ferndale 0417216761

Click here to download Viral Hepatitis Statistics 2015


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More deaths if we don’t act on viral hepatitis

Queensland campaigners call for urgent action to increase hepatitis testing and treatment

2014 saw nearly 1,000 deaths from hepatitis B and C. An urgent call for government action to better equip thousands of Queenslanders living with viral hepatitis to combat life-threatening liver disease has been issued by peak health groups.

Calling for increased testing, improved access to liver check-ups and rapid access to new therapies, Hepatitis Queensland warn that 1,000 Australian lives are lost each year due to hepatitis-related liver disease and, without urgent action, deaths from viral hepatitis will increase.

Speaking on World Hepatitis Day (28 July), Hepatitis Queensland CEO Clint Ferndale said that, “We must never lose sight of the fact that hepatitis B and C are preventable, treatable liver health conditions. Chronic hepatitis B and C are liver-destroying viruses. In Queensland, 68,332 people have been exposed to hepatitis C and 37,427 live with hepatitis B – yet only a tiny fraction of these people are being monitored or treated,” he said.

"2015 has been a watershed year in the fight against viral hepatitis with a Federal Government inquiry into Hepatitis C, an advisory committee recommendation for the Government to subsidise new generation hepatitis C interferon-free therapies, and improved access to hepatitis B medicines. However without urgent action, Australia risks squandering a huge opportunity to help half a million Australians living with chronic hepatitis B and C – that’s why we’re launching our Time For Action campaign today,” said Mr Ferndale.

The Time For Action campaign aims to highlight the simple but positive actions individuals, communities, healthcare providers and governments can take to combat viral hepatitis. With a call to ‘get tested, have a liver check-up, and ask about treatment’, the campaign aims to encourage Queenslanders living with chronic hepatitis to protect their liver health. It also includes a call for governments to increase access to liver health services and new treatments and achieve the targets set in the National Strategies.

“It is essential that communities stand shoulder-to-shoulder with people living with hepatitis to ensure we prevent, test, monitor and treat hepatitis B and hepatitis C at every opportunity,” Mr Ferndale said.

Hepatitis Queensland said that Australia needs to use all the tools at its disposal – from hepatitis B vaccination, needle and syringe programs, liver check-ups and treatments – to reduce the burden of chronic hepatitis B and C.

“Now is the time for the Department of Health to support expansion of community based hepatitis health services and subsidise new hepatitis C treatments,” Mr Ferndale concluded.

For further information and data on hepatitis B and C visit www.hepqld.asn.au

Media Contact: Hepatitis Queensland CEO Clint Ferndale 0417216761

Click here to download Viral Hepatitis Statistics 2015


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More deaths if we don’t act on viral hepatitis

Queensland campaigners call for urgent action to increase hepatitis testing and treatment

2014 saw nearly 1,000 deaths from hepatitis B and C. An urgent call for government action to better equip thousands of Queenslanders living with viral hepatitis to combat life-threatening liver disease has been issued by peak health groups.

Calling for increased testing, improved access to liver check-ups and rapid access to new therapies, Hepatitis Queensland warn that 1,000 Australian lives are lost each year due to hepatitis-related liver disease and, without urgent action, deaths from viral hepatitis will increase.

Speaking on World Hepatitis Day (28 July), Hepatitis Queensland CEO Clint Ferndale said that, “We must never lose sight of the fact that hepatitis B and C are preventable, treatable liver health conditions. Chronic hepatitis B and C are liver-destroying viruses. In Queensland, 68,332 people have been exposed to hepatitis C and 37,427 live with hepatitis B – yet only a tiny fraction of these people are being monitored or treated,” he said.

"2015 has been a watershed year in the fight against viral hepatitis with a Federal Government inquiry into Hepatitis C, an advisory committee recommendation for the Government to subsidise new generation hepatitis C interferon-free therapies, and improved access to hepatitis B medicines. However without urgent action, Australia risks squandering a huge opportunity to help half a million Australians living with chronic hepatitis B and C – that’s why we’re launching our Time For Action campaign today,” said Mr Ferndale.

The Time For Action campaign aims to highlight the simple but positive actions individuals, communities, healthcare providers and governments can take to combat viral hepatitis. With a call to ‘get tested, have a liver check-up, and ask about treatment’, the campaign aims to encourage Queenslanders living with chronic hepatitis to protect their liver health. It also includes a call for governments to increase access to liver health services and new treatments and achieve the targets set in the National Strategies.

“It is essential that communities stand shoulder-to-shoulder with people living with hepatitis to ensure we prevent, test, monitor and treat hepatitis B and hepatitis C at every opportunity,” Mr Ferndale said.

Hepatitis Queensland said that Australia needs to use all the tools at its disposal – from hepatitis B vaccination, needle and syringe programs, liver check-ups and treatments – to reduce the burden of chronic hepatitis B and C.

“Now is the time for the Department of Health to support expansion of community based hepatitis health services and subsidise new hepatitis C treatments,” Mr Ferndale concluded.

For further information and data on hepatitis B and C visit www.hepqld.asn.au

Media Contact: Hepatitis Queensland CEO Clint Ferndale 0417216761

Click here to download Viral Hepatitis Statistics 2015


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More deaths if we don’t act on viral hepatitis

More deaths if we don’t act on viral hepatitis

Queensland campaigners call for urgent action to increase hepatitis testing and treatment

2014 saw nearly 1,000 deaths from hepatitis B and C. An urgent call for government action to better equip thousands of Queenslanders living with viral hepatitis to combat life-threatening liver disease has been issued by peak health groups.

Calling for increased testing, improved access to liver check-ups and rapid access to new therapies, Hepatitis Queensland warn that 1,000 Australian lives are lost each year due to hepatitis-related liver disease and, without urgent action, deaths from viral hepatitis will increase.

Speaking on World Hepatitis Day (28 July), Hepatitis Queensland CEO Clint Ferndale said that, “We must never lose sight of the fact that hepatitis B and C are preventable, treatable liver health conditions. Chronic hepatitis B and C are liver-destroying viruses. In Queensland, 68,332 people have been exposed to hepatitis C and 37,427 live with hepatitis B – yet only a tiny fraction of these people are being monitored or treated,” he said.

"2015 has been a watershed year in the fight against viral hepatitis with a Federal Government inquiry into Hepatitis C, an advisory committee recommendation for the Government to subsidise new generation hepatitis C interferon-free therapies, and improved access to hepatitis B medicines. However without urgent action, Australia risks squandering a huge opportunity to help half a million Australians living with chronic hepatitis B and C – that’s why we’re launching our Time For Action campaign today,” said Mr Ferndale.

The Time For Action campaign aims to highlight the simple but positive actions individuals, communities, healthcare providers and governments can take to combat viral hepatitis. With a call to ‘get tested, have a liver check-up, and ask about treatment’, the campaign aims to encourage Queenslanders living with chronic hepatitis to protect their liver health. It also includes a call for governments to increase access to liver health services and new treatments and achieve the targets set in the National Strategies.

“It is essential that communities stand shoulder-to-shoulder with people living with hepatitis to ensure we prevent, test, monitor and treat hepatitis B and hepatitis C at every opportunity,” Mr Ferndale said.

Hepatitis Queensland said that Australia needs to use all the tools at its disposal – from hepatitis B vaccination, needle and syringe programs, liver check-ups and treatments – to reduce the burden of chronic hepatitis B and C.

“Now is the time for the Department of Health to support expansion of community based hepatitis health services and subsidise new hepatitis C treatments,” Mr Ferndale concluded.

For further information and data on hepatitis B and C visit www.hepqld.asn.au

Media Contact: Hepatitis Queensland CEO Clint Ferndale 0417216761

Click here to download Viral Hepatitis Statistics 2015


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