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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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Last week the ABC 7:30 Report featured a story about hepatitis C treatment access and importing medication. For more information Hepatitis Australia has created a useful factsheet about Importing Medicines into Australia. It is critical to talk to your doctor or specialist about all the treatment options that may be available to you.

Our message to the government is that importing medication is a clear sign that the health system is failing people with hepatitis C and the only sustainable solution is for rapid PBS listing of all the medicines which have been recommended by PBAC for hepatitis C treatment.

So what are the new treatments? If you missed Hepatitis Australia’s great webcast last month – Hepatitis C Treatment: What you need to know – you can now register your email address to watch it free online at: www.webcasts.com.au/hepatitisaustralia/ This webcast features a video interview and presentations from Professor Gregory Dore and Kevin Marriott. For technical assistance with the webcast you can call Redback Webcasts on 1800 733 416. If you have any feedback on this webcast, please email us.

We will keep you updated about new hepatitis C treatment options and all the work being done around Australia to get these listed on the PBS as soon as possible. Please help spread the word with your friends and networks.

Thank you.

Regards
Clint Ferndale
CEO


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Last week the ABC 7:30 Report featured a story about hepatitis C treatment access and importing medication. For more information Hepatitis Australia has created a useful factsheet about Importing Medicines into Australia. It is critical to talk to your doctor or specialist about all the treatment options that may be available to you.

Our message to the government is that importing medication is a clear sign that the health system is failing people with hepatitis C and the only sustainable solution is for rapid PBS listing of all the medicines which have been recommended by PBAC for hepatitis C treatment.

So what are the new treatments? If you missed Hepatitis Australia’s great webcast last month – Hepatitis C Treatment: What you need to know – you can now register your email address to watch it free online at: www.webcasts.com.au/hepatitisaustralia/ This webcast features a video interview and presentations from Professor Gregory Dore and Kevin Marriott. For technical assistance with the webcast you can call Redback Webcasts on 1800 733 416. If you have any feedback on this webcast, please email us.

We will keep you updated about new hepatitis C treatment options and all the work being done around Australia to get these listed on the PBS as soon as possible. Please help spread the word with your friends and networks.

Thank you.

Regards
Clint Ferndale
CEO


Older news:

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Our message to the government is that importing medication is a clear sign that the health system is failing people with hepatitis C and the only sustainable solution is for rapid PBS listing of all the medicines which have been recommended by PBAC for hepatitis C treatment.

So what are the new treatments? If you missed Hepatitis Australia’s great webcast last month – Hepatitis C Treatment: What you need to know – you can now register your email address to watch it free online at: www.webcasts.com.au/hepatitisaustralia/ This webcast features a video interview and presentations from Professor Gregory Dore and Kevin Marriott. For technical assistance with the webcast you can call Redback Webcasts on 1800 733 416. If you have any feedback on this webcast, please email us.

We will keep you updated about new hepatitis C treatment options and all the work being done around Australia to get these listed on the PBS as soon as possible. Please help spread the word with your friends and networks.

Thank you.

Regards
Clint Ferndale
CEO


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Last week the ABC 7:30 Report featured a story about hepatitis C treatment access and importing medication. For more information Hepatitis Australia has created a useful factsheet about Importing Medicines into Australia. It is critical to talk to your doctor or specialist about all the treatment options that may be available to you.

Our message to the government is that importing medication is a clear sign that the health system is failing people with hepatitis C and the only sustainable solution is for rapid PBS listing of all the medicines which have been recommended by PBAC for hepatitis C treatment.

So what are the new treatments? If you missed Hepatitis Australia’s great webcast last month – Hepatitis C Treatment: What you need to know – you can now register your email address to watch it free online at: www.webcasts.com.au/hepatitisaustralia/ This webcast features a video interview and presentations from Professor Gregory Dore and Kevin Marriott. For technical assistance with the webcast you can call Redback Webcasts on 1800 733 416. If you have any feedback on this webcast, please email us.

We will keep you updated about new hepatitis C treatment options and all the work being done around Australia to get these listed on the PBS as soon as possible. Please help spread the word with your friends and networks.

Thank you.

Regards
Clint Ferndale
CEO


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New Hepatitis C Treatments - What you need to know!

On Friday the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) recommended another new hepatitis C treatment option be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for access in Australia. A press release by Abbvie biopharmaceutical company is available here. The decision to fund these new treatments now lies in the hands of the Federal Government. Hepatitis Queensland and our peak organisation Hepatitis Australia are calling on the Federal Government to list the new hepatitis C treatment options immediately.

Last week the ABC 7:30 Report featured a story about hepatitis C treatment access and importing medication. For more information Hepatitis Australia has created a useful factsheet about Importing Medicines into Australia. It is critical to talk to your doctor or specialist about all the treatment options that may be available to you.

Our message to the government is that importing medication is a clear sign that the health system is failing people with hepatitis C and the only sustainable solution is for rapid PBS listing of all the medicines which have been recommended by PBAC for hepatitis C treatment.

So what are the new treatments? If you missed Hepatitis Australia’s great webcast last month – Hepatitis C Treatment: What you need to know – you can now register your email address to watch it free online at: www.webcasts.com.au/hepatitisaustralia/ This webcast features a video interview and presentations from Professor Gregory Dore and Kevin Marriott. For technical assistance with the webcast you can call Redback Webcasts on 1800 733 416. If you have any feedback on this webcast, please email us.

We will keep you updated about new hepatitis C treatment options and all the work being done around Australia to get these listed on the PBS as soon as possible. Please help spread the word with your friends and networks.

Thank you.

Regards
Clint Ferndale
CEO


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