Peak health and community organisations congratulate the Australian Government’s new National BBV and STI Strategies

Media Release – 4 December 2018 

Peak HIV, viral hepatitis, sexual health and community organisations today welcomed the release of five new National Blood Borne Virus (BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) Strategies by the Australian government. 

The peak organisations were closely involved and consulted heavily in the development of the strategies, ensuring they provide a strong platform for a high quality and coordinated national response to BBVs and STIs over the coming five years. 

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Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Final Report to Parliament.

As a proud supporter of the Recognise Health initiative of the Lowitja Institute – which promotes understanding of the important link between health and wellbeing and constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – Hepatitis Australia calls on all Australians to support recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.

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Hepatitis Australia has always recognised the considerable benefit of the My Health Record to many people with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, cancer, heart disease and liver disease. 

However, given the final form of the My Health Record system will not receive parliamentary backing before the scheduled end of the opt out period on 15 November 2018, Hepatitis Australia fully supports moves to amend the legislation extending the opt out period by 12 months.

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