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Australia acing hepatitis C elimination target

Australia acing hepatitis C elimination target

New hepatitis C treatments propelling nation 

toward disease elimination by 2026

Australia is on track to achieve hepatitis C (hep C) elimination within 10 years, having treated more than 30,000 people in 2016.1

This is according to a new report1 set for release next Tuesday, February 21, 2017,which coincides with the availability of the latest hep C treatment on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

The Kirby Institute’s ‘Monitoring Hepatitis C Treatment Uptake in Australia’ report will reveal the number of people treated through the PBS in 2016 (an estimated 30,000 – 33,000) was 10-fold higher than recent years, representing one of the most rapid uptakes of treatment worldwide.1

To learn more about the new report and latest hepatitis C treatment, and why the approval of new medications is propelling Australia toward disease elimination by 2026, tee up an interview with a spokesperson below. 


  • Prof Greg Dore: Head, Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW & Infectious Diseases Physician, St Vincent’s Hospital, SYDNEY
  • A/Prof Amany Zekry: Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist, St George Hospital, SYDNEY
  • A/Prof Martin Weltman: Senior Staff Specialist Gastroenterology & Department Head, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Nepean Hospital, SYDNEY
  • Dr Deb Huynh: Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist, Broken Hill Base Hospital, BROKEN HILL
  • Prof Alex Thompson: Director of Gastroenterology, St Vincent’s Hospital, MELBOURNE
  • A/Prof Joe Sasadeusz: Infectious Diseases Physician, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, MELBOURNE
  • Dr David Badov: Head of Gastroenterology, Peninsula Health & Director of Peninsula Liver Clinic, FRANKSTON
  • A/Prof Graeme McDonald: Senior Staff Specialist, Dept of Hepatology & Gastroenterology, Princess Alexandra Hospital, BRISBANE
  • Dr George Ostapowpicz: Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist, Co-Director, Gold Coast Centre for Digestive Diseases, GOLD COAST
  • A/Prof Darren Russell: Sexual Health Physician & Director of Sexual Health, Cairns Hospital, CAIRNS
  • Dr Mark Wilson: Staff Specialist Gastroenterologist, Royal Hobart Hospital, HOBART
  • Dr Eddie Tse: Gastroenterologist, Royal Adelaide Hospital & Flinders Medical Centre & Visiting Doctor, Royal Darwin Hospital, ADELAIDE & DARWIN
  • Margery Millner: Clinical Practice Consultant, Viral Hepatitis Nursing Service, ADELAIDE
  • Dr Sam Galhenage: Head, Liver Service, Fiona Stanley Hospital, PERTH
  • Leanne Myers: Clinical nurse consultant, WASUA (Western Australian Substance Users Association), PERTH


  • Stuart Loveday: Chief Executive Officer, Hepatitis NSW, SYDNEY
  • Frank Farmer: Executive Director, HepatitisWA, PERTH


  • Emmanuel, 48: Youth services worker & costume designer, SYDNEY
  • Grenville, 62: Sensory scientist, psychologist & hepatitis C community advocate, SYDNEY
  • Steve, 52: Former landfills technical officer, Rotary member & liver transplant recipient, TAMWORTH
  • Bill, 60: Recovered addict & hepatitis C community advocate, WOLLONGONG
  • Stephen, 62: Singer, songwriter, fitter & turner, print maker & grandfather, MELBOURNE
  • Joel, 32: Policy & research officer & theatre enthusiast, MELBOURNE
  • Glenn, 50: Student & husband, BRISBANE
  • Jaye, 59: Community welfare worker & artist, CAIRNS
  • Susan, 51: Mother-of-six & grandmother-to-eight, CHINCHILLA
  • Lorne, 49: Former body art enthusiast & current sheep & mango farmer, TOOWOOMBA 
  • Belinda, 35: Home-maker & mother-to-three, TARA, WESTERN QLD
  • Rebecca, 34: Community volunteer & recovered drug addict who lived with hepatitis C, HOBART
  • Jo, 58: Widow, mother-to-three & grandmother-to-five, ADELAIDE 
  • Margaret, 54: Clean Needle program peer educator, mother & artist, ADELAIDE
  • Lisa, 53: Manager of Clinical Services, PERTH
  • Diane, 56: Community educator & volunteer, PERTH
  • Jane, 55: Mother, grandmother & Hepatitis, WA volunteer, PERTH


Kirsten Bruce or Aaron Dowling, VIVA! Communications w. 02 9968 3741 m. 0401 717 566 m. 0474 269 294

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1. The Kirby Institute. Hepatitis C Estimates and Projections. Available at [last accessed January 13, 2017].