World Hepatitis Day in Australia
In Australia, access to care and treatment for hepatitis B or hepatitis C is good compared to many other countries. However, not everyone is taking up this golden opportunity. The Golden Ticket represents hope for a healthy future but unfortunately many people living with hepatitis in Australia are not getting the care they need. In keeping with the global theme of ‘Find the Missing Millions’ World Hepatitis Day in Australia we are asking the question - Why Miss Out?
If you require information about the global theme visit the global website.
‘Why Miss Out?’
There are many reasons why people living with hepatitis in Australia may be missing out on vital care and important treatment.
Many people have not been tested for hepatitis B or hepatitis C, so are unaware they may have it.
Many people have not been vaccinated against hepatitis B and remain at risk.
Many people were diagnosed with hep B or hep C many years ago but have not had regular check ups.
Many people are unaware of how to access treatment or think it is very expensive.
Many people with hepatitis C are still unaware it can now be easily cured.
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.
The Elimination of Viral Hepatitis
The elimination of viral hepatitis has been firmly put on the map. At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, 194 governments (including Australia) 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. To achieve these goals everyone needs to help.
On World Hepatitis Day we can all build on the 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
Acknowledgement of Support:
Hepatitis Australia acknowledges and thanks the following organisations for their financial support of World Hepatitis Day awareness raising activities: AbbVie Pty Ltd, Gilead Sciences Pty Ltd and GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd.
All financial support is provided in line with the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct and Hepatitis Australia’s own policy which upholds the right of people with viral hepatitis to have access to independent, accurate, comprehensive and balanced information aimed at improving their knowledge of viral hepatitis, including available vaccines and treatments and other methods of improving and maintaining their health.