Health experts say more attention needs to be focused on the treatment of Hepatitis B - the deadly liver disease which affects more than 220,000 Australians.

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.

Thousands of Australians now Hep C Free

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.

Hepatitis C could be eliminated as public health threat within next decade

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.