Through funding from the Eliminate Hepatitis C (EC) Partnership, SA Health in partnership with Adelaide Primary Health Network and Hepatitis SA are now providing in-practice lunch and education sessions, delivered at practices in Salisbury, Playford, Port Adelaide East and Port Adelaide West by a general practitioner experienced in the management of chronic HCV.
These practical sessions are designed to assist you in the identification and management of people living with HCV in your catchment area, and to support integration between primary and tertiary clinicians in the Northern Adelaide region.
This activity supports the Quality Improvement Practice Incentive Program (QI PIP).
The World Health Organization has set a target to eliminate hepatitis C (HCV) as a public health threat within the next decade. Through consistent screening, diagnosis and linkage to care for all people living with HCV, general practitioners have a critical role to play in ensuring South Australia achieves this target.
In May 2016, direct acting antiviral medications for HCV were listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, allowing many people living with HCV to be treated by their general practitioner in the community.
Treatment uptake has declined, and it is estimated that there are approximately 6,000 South Australians living with HCV who are yet to access treatment.
- 20-30% of people living with chronic HCV will develop cirrhosis
- 1-5% will develop liver cancer