117982 - Curing hepatitis C in primary care
- : Online
Participants who attend this course will learn how to interpret HCV test results and diagnose hepatitis C appropriately, ensuring that people at risk of hepatitis C infection are regularly screened, and are appropriately managed and monitored. This also includes staging of liver disease and lifestyle modifications. Participants will also learn how to assess for advanced liver disease, monitor for hepatocellular carcinoma and refer appropriately.
Participants will be able to describe new treatment guidelines and mechanisms for prescribing in consultation with, or without a specialist. This training will be delivered by local specialists or clinicians experienced in hepatitis C treatment and will offer participants ample opportunity to consolidate their knowledge of diagnosis and management within the course through interactive case studies.
According to the 2017 HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia Annual Surveillance Report, an estimated 199,412 people were living in Australia with chronic hepatitis C infection,of whom 26,270 had hepatitis C related cirrhosis. Approximately 19% of people living with chronic hepatitis C have not been diagnosed yet. This update will provide GPs with recommendations for screening and diagnosis of Hepatitis C, managing and monitoring people with chronic hepatitis C, assessing for advanced liver disease and advising patients about the new therapies for hepatitis C. Knowledge of the new Hepatitis C treatments is essential for GPs and nurses to provide appropriate advice to patients so they can make an informed decision regarding treatment.Learning outcomes