Australian Federal Election 2019
Hepatitis Australia has released the Leading the National Response to Viral Hepatitis: Australian Federal Election 2019 paper which speaks to Australia’s political parties, outlining the action needed to progress Australia’s response to hepatitis B and hepatitis C and ensure we achieve the national and global elimination goals, which the Australian Government has committed to.
We are asking all major parties, as part of their 2019 federal election commitments, to clearly state their intentions to provide additional and targeted funds to address the hepatitis B and hepatitis C gaps and opportunities for action outlined in this paper.
There remains much to do and any delay in meeting the needs of the more than 400,000 people affected by hepatitis B and hepatitis C will make the achievement of the nationally agreed targets by 2022 increasingly difficult.
Similar to HIV, the elimination of hepatitis B and hepatitis C is achievable with the right level of government support and political will. When the goal of elimination of hepatitis B and hepatitis C is achieved, the entire nation will be a long-term beneficiary from an economic, social and public health perspective.