24 July 2023
Hep C facts for SWS

In the lead-up to World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, SWSPHN has renewed its commitment to the elimination of hepatitis by putting a spotlight on the many hepatitis programs and initiatives we support and endorse.

Our commitment is in line with the WHD 2023’s “We’re not waiting” call to action, and corresponds to an Australia-wide initiative to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030.

With effective treatments available to cure hepatitis C and manage hepatitis B, we encourage at-risk community members to be tested. Tests for hepatitis B and C are not included in standard blood tests and must be requested.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, commonly caused by a viral infection, and can cause long-term health problems if untreated.

Treatment for hepatitis C, transmitted through blood-to-blood contact, is now 95 per cent successful and there is a vaccine and treatments for hepatitis B.

As part of our undertaking to help eliminate hepatitis, we work with South Western Sydney Local Health District’s Public Health Unit to offer clinics specialising in the care of patients with hepatitis.

We also support Motivate C, a University of Sydney project that aims to find out if an offer of a cash reward will encourage people with hepatitis C to seek treatment by community treatment providers.

Adults with hepatitis C, who haven’t been tested for hepatitis C in the past four weeks, are eligible to take part in the project. Participants self-register for this study and will be connected with a treatment navigator to guide them through all study procedures. All participants are given a compensation payment for their time. Additionally, participants may be randomly assigned to receive a reward payment for starting hepatitis C therapy.

Find out more about Motivate C

Other programs and professionals we work with include:

  • Liverpool Hospital’s Project ECHO clinic supports GPs to screen, manage, and treat your chronic liver disease and viral hepatitis B and C patients.
  • Beyond the C is part of the national hepatitis C project, the 50,000 Project, which aims to find the estimated 50,000 people living with hepatitis C who have not accessed treatment, support or care. The partnership program with general practice hopes to engage these people and connect them with care.
  • ASHM develops and delivers education and training to support the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health workforce. ASHM also develops resources to support the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health workforce, as well as a series of profession-based booklets for allied health workers and other professionals who may come into contact with blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.

Talk to your GP about hepatitis B or hepatitis C or call the National Hepatitis Infoline on 1800 437 222 (1800 HEP ABC)

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