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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.

Our Vision

The physical and emotional wellbeing of South Australians living with viral hepatitis is optimised and the transmission of viral hepatitis is prevented.

Our Mission

Lead the community response to viral hepatitis in South Australia


Hepatitis SA started as the Hepatitis C Council of South Australia, initially as an informal meeting of people people with hepatitis C and supportive others. These individuals came together to provide support for each other and seek accurate information hepatitis C in the wider context of a largely inexperienced and reactive community. This group of individuals went on to organise an ongoing support group, education and information seminars and a very significant symposium on hepatitis C was held in 1995. The Council was incorporated on the 22nd of September 1994.

In 2011, responding to changing needs in the community, and our growing scope of work, Hepatitis C Council of South Australia was renamed Hepatitis SA.

Our Work

Hepatitis SA works to bring about a society where:

  • viral hepatitis transmissions are minimal,
  • the physical, emotional and social health and well-being of people affected by viral hepatitis are catered for, and
  • the link between health and social justice is understood.

Hepatitis SA leads the community response to hepatitis by participating in government and community services reference groups.

Our on-going activities include:

  • Development and distribution of hepatitis B and C information resources.
  • Education and training, including a positive speaker program where people share their lived hepatitis experiences.
  • Hepatitis C outreach peer education project.
  • Hepatitis library including an online collection.
  • Online information services.
  • Peer based clean needle program services at various Adelaide locations.
  • Peer based support groups for people affected by viral hepatitis.
  • Telephone information and support to people affected by hepatitis B or C.

We are funded through SA Health and one-off grants from other sources.

Our Organisational Structure

  • Hepatitis SA Board
    • Chief Executive Officer
      • Administration
        • Admin Officers
      • NSP Peer Projects
        • Coordinator
          • Project Officer
          • NSP Peers
      • Hepatitis SA Information & Support Services
        • Coordinator
          • Project Officer
          • Phoneline Volunteers
      • Communications
        • Coordinator
          • Community Promotions Officer
          • Publications Officer
          • Web Developer
          • Librarian
      • Viral Hepatitis Education Services
        • Coordinators
          • Educators
          • Hepatitis Positive Speakers

Hepatitis SA Board

Chair Arieta Papadelos
Vice Chair Bill Gaston
Secretary Sharon Eves
Treasurer Michael Larkin
Members Bernie McGinnes
  Joshua Riessen
  Salma Safi
  Lucy Ralton
  Lindy Brinkworth
  Janice Pope
  Kerry Paterson (Chief Executive Officer)

Official Documents

Read and download our constitution, annual reports, current strategic plan and other documents in our official documents section.

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