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Cheryl Burman Award winners since 2013

Cheryl BurmanThe Cheryl Burman Award is an annual recognition by Hepatitis NSW that acknowledges outstanding commitments, by individuals or organisations, towards improving the life of people living with viral hepatitis.

The award itself is named after Cheryl Burman (left), who was a former Board member and President of the Hepatitis C Council of NSW (now Hepatitis NSW). Sadly she died in 2011 after a long and arduous struggle with hepatitis C related liver disease.

With the recent naming of Gail Snelgar as the 2018 award recipient, we thought it would be a good time to look back and remember all winners since the Award’s inception in 2013.

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My Health Record: Information about your options

There is a new medical record system called My Health Record. It is an online database designed to keep all your medical records in one place, operated by the Australian Government. The link below describes the benefits and risks to help you make an informed decision, and talks about how to opt out if you do not want a My Health Record.

If you don’t want a My Health Record, you can choose to opt-out. The deadline is 31 January 2019.

If you want a My Health Record, you don’t need to do anything. After 31 January 2019, health services will upload the past two years of your Medicare and pharmacy records into the system. Already, 6.3 million people have a My Health Record. After 31 January 2019, you can delete your record permanently at any time.

For more details, see www.hep.org.au/my-health-record-information-about-your-options/

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Gail Snelgar wins 2018 Hepatitis NSW Cheryl Burman Award

Hepatitis NSW is delighted to announce that Ms Gail Snelgar is the 2018 winner of our Annual Cheryl Burman Award, which acknowledges outstanding work or achievements by an individual or team in NSW within the viral hepatitis sector.

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Chinese Community Leaders Forum: “Hepatitis B – Why bother?”

Hepatitis NSW Chinese Community Leaders Forum – which is funded by WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network – was held on 31 October, 2018 at Castle Hill RSL. The event attracted 33 prominent leaders from the Chinese community and was part of an ongoing partnership with Western Sydney Local Health District to tackle hepatitis B in our community.

The event educated community leaders and highlighted the importance of hepatitis B testing, monitoring and treatment in the Chinese community.

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DAAs decrease hep C deaths but double GPs needed

Hepatitis C deaths have declined by 20% in the two years since direct-acting antivirals were added to the PBS, infectious diseases physicians say. Professor Greg Dore, from the Kirby Institute, says the decline in deaths among patients with liver disease is remarkable and testament to the high uptake of the drugs.

“Around 10% of GPs have written a script for these new therapies — we’d like to potentially double that.”

www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/remarkable-results-daas-decrease-hep-c-deaths

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Fewer Australians are dying from hepatitis C

The number of Australians dying from liver failure and liver cancer related to hepatitis C has dropped by 20 per cent in just two years, according to preliminary data released today by The Kirby Institute. It follows the introduction of highly effective, low-cost curative drugs to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in 2016.

“This decline reflects the high uptake of direct-acting antiviral therapies among people with hepatitis C, particularly those with more advanced liver disease,” said Greg Dore from the Kirby Institute.

www.abc.net.au/news/health/2018-08-13/fewer-australians-dying-from-hepatitis-c

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Govt intervenes to keep hep C elimination on track

NSW Health is encouraging people across the state living with hepatitis C to take advantage of new easy-to-take and highly effective medications, which can cure the illness. The medication program is part of the NSW Ministry of Health’s $4.5 million investment in 2018-19 to strengthen hepatitis C testing and treatment.

This year, Hepatitis Awareness Week is focusing on increasing treatment efforts for people who inject drugs. All people who currently inject drugs or have previously injected drugs should ask their doctor for a hepatitis C test and for hepatitis C treatment if they do have the infection.

www.theleader.com.au/story/5553811/keeping-hepatitis-c-elimination-on-track/

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