Free Shepparton workshop to deal with urgent health issue
21 May 2018
A free workshop is being held on 14 June for health and community workers keen to understand and help tackle this problem.
“This is a serious health issue that needs to be urgently addressed,” said Acting CEO of Hepatitis Victoria, Garry Irving.
“If not detected both hepatitis B and hepatitis C are debilitating and can also be deadly leading to liver cancer -Australia’s fastest growing deadly cancer,” he said.
“It’s not an exaggeration to say we can save lives by raising awareness but to do this effectively all the services which support the community must be engaged in the battle with this silent epidemic,” Mr Irving said.
Hepatitis Victoria, the peak body advocating on behalf of people living with viral hepatitis, is holding the free workforce development HEPReady workshop. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to registered participants.
Supported by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the workshop will bring a local perspective to the testing, treatment, management, care and prevention of viral hepatitis.
“The workshop is an excellent opportunity for all staff and services who may engage with people living with viral hepatitis and liver disease to develop enhanced professional skills and strengthen networks,” said Mr Irving.
Expert speakers will present on the epidemiology and prevalence of hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and recent developments in the management of these conditions impacting the Shepparton community.
According to the Doherty Institute’s National Mapping Project Report 2016, .76% (nearly 1 per cent) of the population in Shepparton is living with hepatitis B compared to .57% for the rest of the Murray Primary Health Network region. The rates of treatment uptake and care are also very low 4.8% and 15.1% respectively.
The situation for hepatitis C is even more grim, with 1.44% of the Shepparton population living with the virus compared to .98% in the Murray region, and only 11.3% taking up treatment compared to 18.1% for the Murray region as a whole.
An estimated 6 Victorians die each week from viral hepatitis related liver disease, the same number of deaths as the state roll toll.
REGISTER NOW: 14 June 9:00-3:30PM.
Featuring local expertise and lived experience speakers
(Free lunch and refreshments provided)
399 Wyndham Street, Shepparton, Vic 3632