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Get Bloody Serious - Newcastle
Date: 28 Jun - 28 Jun

A workshop all about hep C: from prevention to cure Get the latest developments on hepatitis C and engage your clients,

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Get Bloody Serious! in Surry Hills
Date: 14 Jul - 14 Jul

A workshop on how to make hep C history – from prevention to cure! Hepatitis NSW are delivering this interactive work

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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World Hepatitis Day
Date: 28 Jul - 28 Jul

World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis and encourage preventio

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week
Date: 24 Jul - 30 Jul

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 will start on Monday 24 July and run until Sunday 30 July, including World Hepatitis D

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National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
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National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day (NAICD) is a celebration of Indigenous children and is held on 4 Augus

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
Date: 09 Aug - 09 Aug

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994,

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ASHM: Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program
Date: 12 Aug - 12 Aug

Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program This Education Program is designed to support clinical sta

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International Overdose Awareness Day
Date: 31 Aug - 31 Aug

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness

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Get Bloody Serious! in Surry Hills
Date: 03 Nov - 03 Nov

A workshop on how to make hep C history – from prevention to cure! Hepatitis NSW are delivering this interactive work

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International Volunteer Day
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International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated each year on 5 December and was established by the United Nations Genera

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Prescriptions (scripts) for the new hepatitis C treatment drugs are usually filled at community chemist shops but they can also be filled through some online pharmacies. Look for your local community chemist shop by using our online Directory… Click here to open our online directory and look for your local GPs and chemist shops>>   While online chemists might not be as secure as customers picking up their treatment drugs from a local pharmacy, they will be very helpful for people who live in parts of NSW with no pharmacies who fill these scripts.   You will need to fill in their details online phone the pharmacy post the prescription to the address provided on the website. The pharmacy must first receive the prescription. Once they receive the script, they will place the order for the medicine, which may arrive within 1-2 days (sometimes this might take up to a week) and then the medicine is delivered to you through Australia Post.   Try the following online pharmacies… https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/ https://www.epharmacy.com.au https://www.Pharmacyonline.com.au http://www.pharmacydirect.com.au/ http://www.yourchemistshop.com.au/ http://www.royyoungchemist.com.au/ If the treatment drugs don’t appear... Read more.

The Champion #26 Professional

This issue New Hepatitis C Drugs – PBAC Update New options for people living with hepatitis B to get prescriptions filled Parliament Releases The Silent Disease Report   New Hepatitis C Drugs – PBAC Update As regular readers of The Champion would be aware, a number of hepatitis C drugs will be considered at the July meeting of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC). This includes Viekira Pak (paritaprevir with ritonavir, ombitasvir and dasabuvir), which is an interferon-free combination treatment for hepatitis C genotype 1. Thank you very much to everyone who lodged a submission to the PBAC calling for these drugs to be approved – and to our partner organisations across the sector for  getting on board the push for Equal Treatment Access to these potentially life-saving new treatments. It is expected that the recommendations from the July meeting will be announced in late August – and Hepatitis NSW will provide an update on the outcome via social media, and through The Champion. The other hepatitis C drugs which have already been recommended by the PBAC – sofosbuvir, sofosbuvir/ledipasvir, and daclatasvir – remain the subject of... Read more.

The Champion #26 Community

This issue New Hepatitis C Drugs – PBAC Update New options for people living with hepatitis B to get prescriptions filled Parliament Releases The Silent Disease Report New Hepatitis C Drugs – PBAC Update As regular readers of The Champion would be aware, a number of hepatitis C drugs will be considered at the July meeting of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC). This includes Viekira Pak (paritaprevir with ritonavir, ombitasvir and dasabuvir), which is an interferon-free combination treatment for hepatitis C genotype 1. Thank you very much to everyone who lodged a submission to the PBAC calling for these drugs to be approved – and to our partner organisations across the sector for  getting on board the push for Equal Treatment Access to these potentially life-saving new treatments. It is expected that the recommendations from the July meeting will be announced in late August – and Hepatitis NSW will provide an update on the outcome via social media, and through The Champion. The other hepatitis C drugs which have already been recommended by the PBAC – sofosbuvir, sofosbuvir/ledipasvir, and daclatasvir – remain the subject... Read more.

Campaigns

The prevalence of hepatitis C in people with mental illness is higher than it is in the general population, but recent medical advances present an opportunity to change this. The Change of Mind campaign encourages people who live with hep C and who also experience mental health issues to learn why now is an excellent time to be treated for hep C. Hepatitis NSW is working with organisations from across the sector to promote three specific messages: Hep C is higher among people with diagnosed mental health issues The good news is that hep C can be easily treated, and cured Even more good news: curing hep C can have multiple health benefits, including mental health benefits New Direct Acting Antiviral (DAA) drugs with very high cure rates (95%) can now cure hep C in as little as 8-12 weeks. These DAAs are all tablets and have minimal side-effects – they replaced previous hep C drugs that caused or exacerbated mental health side-effects, including depression and psychosis. Out-dated views about hep C treatment mean that people living with both hep... Read more.

Hep C interferon-based treatment

 Treatment options  Genotypes 1-4  Genotypes 5-6 Introduction If you have hep C genotypes 5 or 6, your treatment would be sofosbuvir with peginterferon and ribavirin. Other new drugs for treating hep C are under development and in the approval process. When these new drugs are made available, this information will be updated.   Success rate Sofosbuvir with peginterferon and ribavirin gives a cure in more than 90 people in every 100.   Treatment duration Sofosbuvir/peginterferon/ribavirin combination treatment lasts for 12 weeks.   Are there injections? Sofosbuvir pills are taken once a day, and ribavirin pills are taken twice a day, while pegylated interferon injections are taken once a week. The injections are under the skin around the abdomen (stomach).   Treatment side effects The most common side effects of this treatment are fatigue, headache, throwing up, sleep problems, itching and crawling of the skin, and anaemia (low blood platelets). There are some drug-to-drug interaction issues, but most issues will be able to be handled with changing accompanying medications, or through careful monitoring. Pregnancy must be strictly avoided by both men and... Read more.

Hep C treatment options

Treatment options Interferon-based treatment (detail) Direct acting antiviral treatment (detail) Your treatment depends on what hep C genotype you have got: If you have hep C genotype 1a or 1b, you might be offered (in no particular order) Harvoni (on its own), or Sovaldi plus Daklinza (taken together), or Zepatier (own its own or with ribavirin). If you have hep C genotype 1a, you might be offered VIEKIRA PAK plus ribavirin (taken together) If you have hep C genotype 1b, you might be offered VIEKIRA PAK. If you have hep C genotype 2, you are offered Sovaldi plus Ibavyr (taken together). If you have hep C genotype 3, you are offered Sovaldi plus Daklinza (taken together, with or without ribavirin). If you have hep C genotype 4, you are offered Zepatier (on its own or with ribavirin). If you have hep C genotypes 5 or 6, you remain limited to Sovaldi taken with pegylated interferon injections plus ribavirin pills.   Other drug combinations are approved and available but those mentioned above are the ones with best response and tolerability. For more news, subscribe... Read more.

Treating hep C FAQ

  Can I get treatment for hep C? Yes, very good treatments are now available to almost all adults with hep C (in Australia) who have a Medicare Card. These treatments give a 95% chance of cure (getting rid of your hep C). If you have hep C genotype 1, 2, 3 or 4, find your nearest doctor who provides hep C treatment by using the online web directory. Your doctor will assess you for treatment. This will include a number of tests to find out your hep C genotype, look at your liver health and measure your viral load. If you don’t have signs of serious liver damage, your doctor will be able to manage your hep C treatment. If your doctor finds signs of serious liver damage, such as cirrhosis, you will be referred for treatment by a specialist. (If you have cirrhosis you need extra monitoring during and after treatment, even if your treatment is successful, because you remain at risk of further complications including liver cancer). If you have hep C genotype 5 or 6, your treatment is... Read more.

Hep B treatment

Not everyone with hep B needs treatment. The current treatments for hep B aim to stop the virus being active and multiplying. Treatment aims to decrease the amount of the virus in your blood (your “viral load”) so that your immune system can make the virus inactive. The amount of virus in your blood will depend on which phase of the infection you are in, so you may need treatment at some times and not others. Most people who start treatment for chronic hep B will take their medications on a long-term basis. Treatment cannot currently cure hep B: the goal is to control the virus by making it inactive.   In Australia there are a number of drugs used to treat hep B: Entecavir (Baraclude®) and Tenofovir (Viread®) are two newer antiviral medications which are generally more potent (stronger). They are also taken orally, usually very well-tolerated (unlikely to cause side effects), and the virus is much less likely to become resistant to them with prolonged use. Pegylated interferon boosts the body’s immune system and changes the virus’ ability... Read more.

Hep C Testing

To find out if you have hep C you may need to have two different blood tests. The first test is called the hep C antibody test. This test shows whether or not you have ever been exposed to the hep C virus. A hep C antibody test does not show whether or not you are living with hep C. This is because this test does not look for the hep C virus itself, it looks for the antibodies that your body produces after you have been exposed to the hep C virus. Everyone who is exposed to hep C has an initial 6-month infection where their body tries to get rid of it. This is called the acute phase of infection. Your body produces antibodies – part of your immune system – and hep C antibodies can generally be detected three months after you have been exposed to hep C. One in four people who are exposed to the hep C virus will clear the virus naturally within the first six months. Even if you clear the virus, you... Read more.

Get treatment support – Hep Connect

Our telephone service, Hep Connect puts you in touch with someone who has been through hep C treatment. “Throughout my 24 week treatment she was the only person I had contact with that had hep C….it meant so much to me to actually speak to another person who has been affected by hep C.” Hep Connect is for people living with hep C, their partners and carers, and particularly for people who are thinking about starting hep C treatment, or are going through it. When you speak to a Hep Connect worker, you will speak to someone who understands what it is like to go through treatment for hep C. This service is free for people in NSW. To arrange a Hep Connect call, phone the Hepatitis Infoline on 1800 803 990 or email info@hep.org.au Hep Connect can: • Help you cope better with the course of treatment • Assist in your decision whether to undergo treatment • Provide an opportunity to discuss your personal experiences with a trained worker who has been through treatment • Help prevent you from... Read more.