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Viral hepatitis (A, B & C)

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and it can be caused by a virus or other non-viral causes.  The main difference between the viruses is how they are spread and the effects they have on your health.

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Prevention

There are safe and effective vaccines that protect you from getting hepatitis A and B.  While there is no vaccine for hep C, by being ‘blood aware’ you can reduce your overall chance of being exposed to the virus.

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Living with Hepatitis

People with chronic hepatitis can do a number of things to stay healthy including limiting/avoiding alcohol, reducing stress, not smoking, getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.

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Treatment

Effective treatment is available for both chronic hepatitis B and C.  Before you can see a liver specialist to talk about going on treatment, you need to get a referral from your GP first.

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A new online learning module, Managing hepatitis C in primary care, provides GPs with an update on the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of people with chronic hepatitis C infection.

Developed by NPS MedicineWise in collaboration with the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), the new learning activity will help doctors in primary care to stay up to date with the latest clinical evidence and enhance their skills around this evolving area of practice.

NPS MedicineWise spokesperson Ms Karen Kaye says that with the new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents now available on the PBS general schedule, it is even more vital that GPs are aware of Hepatitis C (HCV) management strategies.

“Hepatitis C remains a significant public health issue in Australia and GPs are an essential part of the management team,” says Ms Kaye.

“With World Hepatitis Day taking place on 28 July, we are encouraging GPs to make use of this new resource.”

GESA spokesperson Dr Simone Strasser says that GPs are playing an increasingly important shared role with specialist doctors in identifying, assessing and managing patients with hepatitis C- including monitoring of liver disease.

“This learning module has been developed using the expertise and clinical experience of liver specialists as well as the clinical experience of practising GPs,” says Dr Strasser.

“No matter what role you are currently playing in general practice, this module will give you an excellent introduction to managing your patients in collaboration with your specialist colleagues.”

The free learning module—hosted on the NPS MedicineWise learning website learn.nps.org.au—discusses the steps involved in the diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of someone with HCV in general practice.

It presents GPs with useful resources, conversation starters, information on test pathways, and tips on communicating test results.

The activity was instigated by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia - Australian Liver Association (GESA ALA), with an educational grant from the International Coalition of Hepatology Education Providers (IC-HEP).

The module is approved for professional development points with the RACGP and ACRRM and is recognised for the Quality Prescribing Incentive of the Practice Incentives Program.

To access the module go to http://learn.nps.org.au/mod/page/view.php?id=7278

A new article for consumers explaining the new antiviral medicines has also been published on the NPS MedicineWise website at www.nps.org.au/publications/consumer/medicinewise-living/2016/outsmarting-hepatitis-c

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Developed by NPS MedicineWise in collaboration with the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), the new learning activity will help doctors in primary care to stay up to date with the latest clinical evidence and enhance their skills around this evolving area of practice.

NPS MedicineWise spokesperson Ms Karen Kaye says that with the new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents now available on the PBS general schedule, it is even more vital that GPs are aware of Hepatitis C (HCV) management strategies.

“Hepatitis C remains a significant public health issue in Australia and GPs are an essential part of the management team,” says Ms Kaye.

“With World Hepatitis Day taking place on 28 July, we are encouraging GPs to make use of this new resource.”

GESA spokesperson Dr Simone Strasser says that GPs are playing an increasingly important shared role with specialist doctors in identifying, assessing and managing patients with hepatitis C- including monitoring of liver disease.

“This learning module has been developed using the expertise and clinical experience of liver specialists as well as the clinical experience of practising GPs,” says Dr Strasser.

“No matter what role you are currently playing in general practice, this module will give you an excellent introduction to managing your patients in collaboration with your specialist colleagues.”

The free learning module—hosted on the NPS MedicineWise learning website learn.nps.org.au—discusses the steps involved in the diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of someone with HCV in general practice.

It presents GPs with useful resources, conversation starters, information on test pathways, and tips on communicating test results.

The activity was instigated by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia - Australian Liver Association (GESA ALA), with an educational grant from the International Coalition of Hepatology Education Providers (IC-HEP).

The module is approved for professional development points with the RACGP and ACRRM and is recognised for the Quality Prescribing Incentive of the Practice Incentives Program.

To access the module go to http://learn.nps.org.au/mod/page/view.php?id=7278

A new article for consumers explaining the new antiviral medicines has also been published on the NPS MedicineWise website at www.nps.org.au/publications/consumer/medicinewise-living/2016/outsmarting-hepatitis-c

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A new online learning module, Managing hepatitis C in primary care, provides GPs with an update on the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of people with chronic hepatitis C infection.

Developed by NPS MedicineWise in collaboration with the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), the new learning activity will help doctors in primary care to stay up to date with the latest clinical evidence and enhance their skills around this evolving area of practice.

NPS MedicineWise spokesperson Ms Karen Kaye says that with the new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents now available on the PBS general schedule, it is even more vital that GPs are aware of Hepatitis C (HCV) management strategies.

“Hepatitis C remains a significant public health issue in Australia and GPs are an essential part of the management team,” says Ms Kaye.

“With World Hepatitis Day taking place on 28 July, we are encouraging GPs to make use of this new resource.”

GESA spokesperson Dr Simone Strasser says that GPs are playing an increasingly important shared role with specialist doctors in identifying, assessing and managing patients with hepatitis C- including monitoring of liver disease.

“This learning module has been developed using the expertise and clinical experience of liver specialists as well as the clinical experience of practising GPs,” says Dr Strasser.

“No matter what role you are currently playing in general practice, this module will give you an excellent introduction to managing your patients in collaboration with your specialist colleagues.”

The free learning module—hosted on the NPS MedicineWise learning website learn.nps.org.au—discusses the steps involved in the diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of someone with HCV in general practice.

It presents GPs with useful resources, conversation starters, information on test pathways, and tips on communicating test results.

The activity was instigated by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia - Australian Liver Association (GESA ALA), with an educational grant from the International Coalition of Hepatology Education Providers (IC-HEP).

The module is approved for professional development points with the RACGP and ACRRM and is recognised for the Quality Prescribing Incentive of the Practice Incentives Program.

To access the module go to http://learn.nps.org.au/mod/page/view.php?id=7278

A new article for consumers explaining the new antiviral medicines has also been published on the NPS MedicineWise website at www.nps.org.au/publications/consumer/medicinewise-living/2016/outsmarting-hepatitis-c

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A new online learning module, Managing hepatitis C in primary care, provides GPs with an update on the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of people with chronic hepatitis C infection.

Developed by NPS MedicineWise in collaboration with the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), the new learning activity will help doctors in primary care to stay up to date with the latest clinical evidence and enhance their skills around this evolving area of practice.

NPS MedicineWise spokesperson Ms Karen Kaye says that with the new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents now available on the PBS general schedule, it is even more vital that GPs are aware of Hepatitis C (HCV) management strategies.

“Hepatitis C remains a significant public health issue in Australia and GPs are an essential part of the management team,” says Ms Kaye.

“With World Hepatitis Day taking place on 28 July, we are encouraging GPs to make use of this new resource.”

GESA spokesperson Dr Simone Strasser says that GPs are playing an increasingly important shared role with specialist doctors in identifying, assessing and managing patients with hepatitis C- including monitoring of liver disease.

“This learning module has been developed using the expertise and clinical experience of liver specialists as well as the clinical experience of practising GPs,” says Dr Strasser.

“No matter what role you are currently playing in general practice, this module will give you an excellent introduction to managing your patients in collaboration with your specialist colleagues.”

The free learning module—hosted on the NPS MedicineWise learning website learn.nps.org.au—discusses the steps involved in the diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of someone with HCV in general practice.

It presents GPs with useful resources, conversation starters, information on test pathways, and tips on communicating test results.

The activity was instigated by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia - Australian Liver Association (GESA ALA), with an educational grant from the International Coalition of Hepatology Education Providers (IC-HEP).

The module is approved for professional development points with the RACGP and ACRRM and is recognised for the Quality Prescribing Incentive of the Practice Incentives Program.

To access the module go to http://learn.nps.org.au/mod/page/view.php?id=7278

A new article for consumers explaining the new antiviral medicines has also been published on the NPS MedicineWise website at www.nps.org.au/publications/consumer/medicinewise-living/2016/outsmarting-hepatitis-c

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New learning opportunity to help GPs manage hepatitis C

A new online learning module, Managing hepatitis C in primary care, provides GPs with an update on the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of people with chronic hepatitis C infection.

Developed by NPS MedicineWise in collaboration with the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), the new learning activity will help doctors in primary care to stay up to date with the latest clinical evidence and enhance their skills around this evolving area of practice.

NPS MedicineWise spokesperson Ms Karen Kaye says that with the new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents now available on the PBS general schedule, it is even more vital that GPs are aware of Hepatitis C (HCV) management strategies.

“Hepatitis C remains a significant public health issue in Australia and GPs are an essential part of the management team,” says Ms Kaye.

“With World Hepatitis Day taking place on 28 July, we are encouraging GPs to make use of this new resource.”

GESA spokesperson Dr Simone Strasser says that GPs are playing an increasingly important shared role with specialist doctors in identifying, assessing and managing patients with hepatitis C- including monitoring of liver disease.

“This learning module has been developed using the expertise and clinical experience of liver specialists as well as the clinical experience of practising GPs,” says Dr Strasser.

“No matter what role you are currently playing in general practice, this module will give you an excellent introduction to managing your patients in collaboration with your specialist colleagues.”

The free learning module—hosted on the NPS MedicineWise learning website learn.nps.org.au—discusses the steps involved in the diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of someone with HCV in general practice.

It presents GPs with useful resources, conversation starters, information on test pathways, and tips on communicating test results.

The activity was instigated by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia - Australian Liver Association (GESA ALA), with an educational grant from the International Coalition of Hepatology Education Providers (IC-HEP).

The module is approved for professional development points with the RACGP and ACRRM and is recognised for the Quality Prescribing Incentive of the Practice Incentives Program.

To access the module go to http://learn.nps.org.au/mod/page/view.php?id=7278

A new article for consumers explaining the new antiviral medicines has also been published on the NPS MedicineWise website at www.nps.org.au/publications/consumer/medicinewise-living/2016/outsmarting-hepatitis-c

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