Hepatitis Australia has joined the call for a further 12-month extension for Australians to opt out of My Health Record.

In a statement released today, Hepatitis Australia said that 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.

Australian hepatitis organisations are concerned that many people affected by hepatitis B and hepatitis C may not know about the new electronic medical record system which will be created by the Australian Government for all Medicare Card holders unless they choose to opt out.

A generous gift from local doctor, Lee Wah Hin, and donations from other Chinese community members have made it possible for an important hepatitis B service to continue for another year.

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What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. It can be brought on by alcohol, drugs, viruses and other toxins. Viral hepatitis refers to hepatitis resulting from infection of the liver by the hepatitis A, B, C, D or E viruses - hepatitis A, B and C being the most common. These viruses all produce similar symptoms, but differ in modes of transmission and long-term effects on health.

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About hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is spread through blood, sexual fluids and from mother to child during birth. If left unmanaged, it can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

An estimated 257 million people are living with chronic hepatitis B worldwide - 240,000 of them in Australia.

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About hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is transmitted via blood-to-bloodstream contact. Untreated, hepatitis C can lead to cirrhosis and serious liver disease. Effective treatments are available.

World-wide, there are an estimated 71 million people living with chronic hepatitis C - 170,000 of them in Australia.

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About Hepatitis SA

Hepatitis SA is a non-profit, community-based organisation that provides information, education and support services to South Australians affected by hepatitis B and hepatitis C. This includes people with hepatitis B or C, their family and friends, and professionals who support them. We also provide hepatitis C and clean needle program (CNP) peer education and support services, and operate a CNP secondary site.

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