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2024 Budget - A Positive Step for Viral Hepatitis

Posted 03 June, 2024
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Hepatitis Queensland welcomes the substantial investments in viral hepatitis initiatives in the 2024 federal budget, which represent a significant step towards eliminating hepatitis by 2030.

The Government will provide $126.5 million over two years to extend and expand activities to support the prevention, testing and treatment of bloodborne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.

Funding highlights include:

Hepatitis C

  • • $9.9 million to continue and expand the national hepatitis C point-of-care testing program
  • • $6.0 million to continue support for hepatitis C projects and reduce transmission

Hepatitis B

  • • $7.8 million to develop and pilot hepatitis B projects to reduce transmission

Support for First Nations Health, Rural and Remote Communities

  • • $32.3 million to continue support and promote vaccination uptake in First Nations communities
  • • $28.6 million to continue support and expand syphilis and sexually transmissible infections in First Nations communities
  • • $16.5 million to continue and expand communicable disease molecular point of care testing for First Nations, rural and remote communities

National Strategies

  • • $17.5 million to support continued delivery of the national bloodborne viruses and sexually transmissible infections strategies, including culturally safe sexual health services for First Nations peoples
  • • $7.9 million to continue funding peak bodies to implement the national bloodborne viruses and sexual transmissible infections strategies

While acknowledging the need for more equitable funding between hepatitis B and C, these commitments mark important progress. Hepatitis Queensland is dedicated to continuing advocacy for comprehensive hepatitis care and prevention.


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