Hepatitis (or 'Hep') C is a blood-borne infection that damages the liver and causes liver cancer.
Because Hep C often doesn't have any symptoms, many people with Hep C don't know they have it.
Most people with Hep C have not been treated.
Most Hep C can now be cured with a 12-week course of tablets which have very few side effects. They have a greater than 95 per cent cure rate.
The World Health Organisation has set a target for viral hepatitis to be eliminated by 2030. That's why it's even more important to spread the word about Hep C and make sure that everyone that is at risk of infection gets a blood test.
People who are at risk and should be tested include:
Austin Health is leading the way in treating people in our community with Hepatitis C. We have now cured over 1000 people since the exciting new Hep C medications became available.
If the patient is covered by Medicare, all Hepatitis C medication and treatment through Austin Health is free of charge.
Our new Rapid Access to Hepatitis C Treatment Service aims to improve access to treatment, particularly for those who are socially disadvantaged or those from ethnic minorities.
We have a well-established outreach clinic running at Banyule Community Health Centre and we have just opened a new outreach clinic in Wallan to further enable community-based treatment. Together with the existing services available at Austin Hospital, we are working towards the government target to eliminate Hep C by 2030.
Contact our liver nurses to refer to the Hep C Treatment Service:
Phone or text: 0481 909 741
Fax: (03) 9496 2732
Any health professional can refer to the rapid access Hepatitis C treatment service - you do not have to be a GP.