116603 - Hepatitis C - Simplifying the role of the GP in diagnosis and treatment
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Cat 2 program for 1.5 hours looking at Hepatitis C - Simplifying the role of the GP in diagnosis and treatment
Relevance to General Practice
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an infection which, when present for more than 6 months, is defined as chronic.
Transmission of HCV is almost exclusively parenteral, with global prevalence estimates among injecting drug users (IDUs) reported at 67%. In Australia, most new hepatitis C infections are related to the sharing of injecting equipment. Chronic HCV affects approximately 200,000 individuals in Australia, commonly causing chronic liver disease, which in many cases can lead to cirrhosis, decompensated disease, liver cancer or death. Despite the significant morbidity and mortality associated with chronic HCV, however, it has been estimated that less than 2% of those infected receive treatment.
- Identifying and assessing at-risk patients for hepatitis C virus (HCV)
- Outlining a treatment approach for patients with mild to moderate hepatitis C in the general practice setting
- Minimising barriers to treatment adherence as part of the hepatitis C management plan, including adverse effects and drug interactions (RACGP safety outcome)
- Recognising those patients with HCV who can be managed in primary care and those requiring referral to a specialist