160209 - Chronic hepatitis C in general practice - Small group meeting
This small group meeting with a trained facilitator provides GPs the opportunity to reinforce and improve the management of Hepatitis C infection in primary care. The interactive, tailored discussion will provide GPs with clarity around diagnosis of chronic Hepatitis C infection, necessary investigations as well as information on evidence-based treatments, including direct-acting antivirals. Data from the NPS MedicineInsight program will be provided to help GPs and practice staff draw insights from current practice.Relevance to General Practice
Chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection is a major public health issue, leading to long-term liver disease, transplants and mortality. In 2017, approximately 95% of those who were treated were cured, yet only 11% of people living with chronic HCV infection received treatment during that year.
To achieve a commitment to WHO to eliminate hepatitis C in Australia by 2030, the role of GPs as frontline primary health care providers is critical. This quality improvement educational activity provides an update on diagnosis, pre-treatment assessment, and appropriate use of medical tests and medicines.