The Australia Government has updated the National Guidelines for healthcare workers who perform exposure prone procedures and healthcare workers living with a blood borne virus (BBV). Here we provide you with a link to the new guidelinesRead More
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Each year, viral hepatitis kills 1.34 million people, which is comparable with deaths due to HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. With the advent of highly effective prevention measures and treatments, global elimination of viral hepatitis is a realistic goal; all WHO member states have committed to a global reduction in hepatitis-related deaths by 65% and new infections by 90% by 2030. This Commission sets out to appraise the current global situation and to identify priorities—for countries, regions, and globally—to accelerate efforts towards these ambitious targets.Read More
‘….There is strong evidence that improving the health of prisoners makes them less likely to reoffend. That has been demonstrated time and again. Prisoners who are treated for their blood-borne diseases (think HIV and hepatitis) do better on release than those who languish without care.’Read More
The magnitude of hepatitis B (HBV) is enormous. Nearly 300 million people worldwide have chronic infection which can trigger liver damage leading to hepatitis B related liver cirrhosis or cancer and the death of nearly 900,000 people each year.Read More
Media Release – 4 December 2018
Peak HIV, viral hepatitis, sexual health and community organisations today welcomed the release of five new National Blood Borne Virus (BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) Strategies by the Australian government.
The peak organisations were closely involved and consulted heavily in the development of the strategies, ensuring they provide a strong platform for a high quality and coordinated national response to BBVs and STIs over the coming five years.Read More
As a proud supporter of the Recognise Health initiative of the Lowitja Institute – which promotes understanding of the important link between health and wellbeing and constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – Hepatitis Australia calls on all Australians to support recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.Read More