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Diverse communities and the hepatitis challenge – towards elimination, Parliament of Victoria, 24 July 2017

 

The challenge

Diverse communities and the hepatitis challenge – towards elimination was held on Monday 24 July at the Parliament of Victoria. The event harnessed the perspectives of decision-makers, clinicians, advocates and communities on how viral hepatitis B and C can be eliminated in key communities that are disproportionately affected.

In Victoria alone, around 110,000 people live with chronic hepatitis B and C, which can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer, the fastest increasing cause of cancer death in Australia.

The event was held by Hepatitis Victoria in partnership with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, and with the participation of the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Victorian Government.

A panel of representatives [links to event page, or we could link to the event flyer] from key affected communities was moderated by award-winning journalist and author, Peter Mares.

In the media

A media release issued for the event resulted in a radio news piece on ABC Melbourne, an extended report on SBS World News (see also SBS Facebook), and coverage by AAP. Social media was also active, with #HepFreeVic, the hashtag for the event, trending nationally on Twitter.

Further information

For more information, including key facts and policies about viral hepatitis will be available soon. 

 

Key information about hepatitis C is also included in the 'Reaching out report' report recently published by Hepatitis Australia


Hepatitis Victoria also offers comprehensive information on hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and the Hepatitis Victoria Infoline on 1800 703 003