Hepatitis SA acknowledges and respects the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the unceded ancestral land from which we work. We pay our respects to elders past and present.

Health Minister Mark Butler has urged Australians to accelerate action to eliminate hepatitis B and hepatitis C. The Minister was at a federal parliamentary World Hepatitis Day event on 4 July 2024.

Reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-indigenous Australians took a battering in 2023 when the referendum on constitutional recognition of our country’s first people was defeated.

There's some welcome funding for the fight to eliminate viral hepatitis but it's disappointing to note that hepatitis B again gets a back seat.

The Fourth World Hepatitis Summit has called for a reset and re-invigoration of the world's response to hepatitis. Delivered at the close of the Summit on 11 April, the Declaration outlined three key steps:

Update your knowledge about blood-safety and viral hepatitis with a free online education session from the Hep SA education team.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2024 Global Hepatitis Report, the number of lives lost due to viral hepatitis is increasing. The disease is the second leading infectious cause of death globally -- with 1.3 million deaths per year, the same as tuberculosis, a top infectious killer, second only to COVID-19.

Introducing HepSA Community News, the shared online space for our HepSAY blog and the quarterly Hepatitis SA Community News.

Hep SA Educators Make it Simple as ABC

Understanding hepatitis A, B and C may not be quite as simple as ABC, but a session with Hepatitis SA's highly skilled educators will certainly help you get there.

Specialist Library at Your Fingertips

In this information age it is ironic that credible, reliable information can sometimes be hard to find in the tsunami of results from online searches.

Hep C DAAs - Community Dispensers

Guide to South Australian community pharmacies which dispense the new hepatitis C medicines.

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 - 226,000 of them in Australia.

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Hepatitis B transmission

Hepatitis B vaccination

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 - 130,000 of them in Australia.

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Hepatitis C transmission

Hepatitis C treatment

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 Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) peer education and support services, and operate a NSP secondary site.

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