World Hepatitis Day in Australia
The theme in Australia for 2018 is 'Why Miss Out'
In 2016 Australia became a world leader in access to new treatments to cure hepatitis C, which is available under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) via prescription by your GP or specialist. Access to vaccinations to prevent hepatitis B have been affordable for some time and treatment for hepatitis B is available through the PBS. This presents a golden opportunity for many thousands of Australians.
Despite having such good access to testing, vaccinations and treatment many people in Australia are still missing out on the care they need. Thousands still have not been tested and are unaware they have hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Many who may have been diagnosed years ago are not accessing their doctor to monitor how hepatitis B is effecting their liver health and many are unaware they could be cured of hepatitis C.
We encourage all Australians living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C to speak to their doctor about treatment options or call their state or territory hepatitis organisation on 1800 437 222 for more information.
World Hepatitis Day in Australia is coordinated nationally by Hepatitis Australia and implemented at local level by Hepatitis Australia member organisations and collaborators.
Find out how you can help.
World Hepatitis Day is one of only a handful of ‘World Health Days’ that are officially recognised by the World Health Organization.
In May 2016, the World Health Assembly adopted the first ever Global Strategy for viral hepatitis which commits all countries to working towards the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.
The global theme for World Hepatitis Day in 2018 is 'Find the Missing Millions'. Worldwide, 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, there is a call for people from across the world to take action, raise awareness and join in the quest to find the “missing millions”.
You can visit the global website at worldhepatitisday.org
Elimination of viral hepatitis
The elimination of viral hepatitis has now been firmly put on the map. At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, 194 governments adopted the World Health Organisations’s Global Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, which includes a goal of eliminating hepatitis B and C as a health issue in the next 12 years. In Australia, we are well placed to reach these goals but we need your support.
On World Hepatitis Day we can build on this momentum and accelerate progress towards achieving the goal of elimination by 2030. Talking about and raising community awareness of new affordable cures for hepatitis C and the importance of vaccinations against hepatitis B and having regular liver health checks will help.
Whether you are living with hepatitis, know someone who is, make policy decisions or just care about it as a health issue, your actions can help. We have put together a number of ways how you can help. You can also contact the hepatitis organisation in your state to find out what events may be happening near you.
World Hepatitis Day in Australia is coordinated by Hepatitis Australia in collaboration with the following organisations
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Disclosure: The implementation of World Hepatitis Day 2018 in Australia is supported through the provision of unrestricted educational grants from Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited, Gilead Sciences Pty Ltd and AbbVie Pty Ltd.