You can influence PBAC to recommend the PBS listing of new, more effective treatments for hepatitis C.
Hepatitis Australia has put together information to help you have your say about why access to the latest treatments for hepatitis C is important for Australians. You will need to ave you say before 11th February so why not act now.
Find out more here.
Federal Health Committee announces inquiry into hepatitis C: Health Committee inquiry marks 2015 as year to turn tide on hepatitis C epidemic
A House of Representatives Health Committee inquiry into hepatitis C should be a catalyst that turns the tide on the rising death toll from hepatitis C-related liver disease. Hepatitis Australia today welcomed the announcement of an inquiry into hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that affects more than 230,000 Australians and will claim more than 650 lives this year alone.
“Many Parliamentarians are acutely aware of the looming tidal-wave of serious liver disease and preventable deaths caused by a lack of regular liver health checks and appallingly low hepatitis C treatment rates. Today’s announcement shows real leadership by the House of Representatives Health Committee to tackle the problem head-on,” said CEO of Hepatitis Australia, Helen Tyrrell. Read more ...
Update: The Auckland Statement on viral hepatitis - Australian Progress Report 2014
The Auckland Statement was launched at the 8th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, in September 2012, and was endorsed by all the leading Australian and New Zealand hepatitis organisations as a blueprint for urgent action on on viral hepatitis. Targets were set for achievement by 2016, and this progress report is provided at the half-way point. This report revisits the targets set in the Auckland Statement and reviews them from the perspective of the Australian response. Download now. (PDF 394.15kb)
Latest Data on Viral Hepatitis Released.
On 18 September The Kirby Institute released the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections in Australia: Annual Surveillance Report 2014. The report presents a variety of data which is intended to inform Australia's response to blood borne viruses and STIs. In a presentation at the 9th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, Hepatitis Australia delivered a presentation which compared the Australian responses to viral hepatitis and HIV. When looking at the data, it is clear Australia needs to elevate it's response to viral hepatitis to emulate the highly effective response to HIV. A copy of the presentation report will be available on this site shortly. You can download a copy of the Annual Surveillance Report here
Media statement released, 22 August 2014:
PBAC decisions – a mixed bag for Australians living with Hepatitis C
Hepatitis Australia today welcomed the recommendation to add simeprevir (Olysio) to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for the treatment of genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C.
Responding to the PBAC decision to reject an application to subsidise the antiviral medication sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), Ms Tyrrell said “it’s a sad day when access to game-changing therapy is denied. This is a bad outcome for people living with hepatitis C”. Read more - Download now. (PDF 245.43kb)
You can also donate directly to Hepatitis Australia. Please contribute to our aim of a world without viral hepatitis by making a tax deductible donation. Find out more
Hepatitis Australia is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation that became incorporated in 1997. We do not provide services to individuals. To locate hepatitis services in your area visit the services page or call the Info line on 1300 437 222. Our members consist of the state and territory hepatitis organisations and other key services providing hepatitis services.
Page Updated: 15 July 2014