Below is a summary of the latest media releases and news articles related to World Hepatitis Day 2016.
Podcast: UNSW Arts and Social Sciences
In this podcast Prof. Carla Treloar and Annie Madden speak with Prof Greg Dore about the recent changes to access for hepatitis C medicines in Australia.
Australia leads the world in curing Hepatitis C, with record numbers receiving treatment for the virus in the last five months.
But, awareness of testing and treatment is not the same for those living with the liver disease Hepatitis B – an issue health experts say needs urgent attention.
The Turnbull Government’s watershed commitment to eradicate Hepatitis C within a generation is paying off, with thousands of Australians now Hep C Free as a result of a $1 billion investment.
On the seventh World Hepatitis Day today, Minister for Health and Aged Care Sussan Ley revealed about 20,000 Australians had already begun treatment to cure their debilitating Hepatitis C since the Turnbull Government first listed these breakthrough medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in March 2016.
A debilitating virus affecting thousands of Australians is on the way out as a public health threat after a record uptake of new treatments that cure almost all sufferers.
More than 20,000 Australians have been given the new generation of hepatitis C treatments in the four months since they became available.
There is hope hepatitis C could be eliminated as a public health threat in Australia within the next "10 to 15 years".
Thursday marks World Hepatitis Day, and with more than 230,000 Australians living with hepatitis C, the virus is considered a major public health issue. But statistics released from Hepatitis Australia show good news on the horizon for those living with the disease.
Australia is on track to eliminate hepatitis C in ten years if record numbers of people living with the virus continue to seek and receive breakthrough antiviral treatment, according to a new analysis released on World Hepatitis Day.
On World Hepatitis Day, the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), the Kirby Institute and Hepatitis Australia are raising awareness about HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection.