Who we are
Hepatitis Queensland is a community based, non-government organisation representing the interests of people affected by, or at risk of viral hepatitis. Our mission is to provide a holistic, innovative and pro-active response to the challenges facing people directly affected by viral hepatitis and their families.
Hepatitis Queensland is an incorporated body, a registered charity, and has tax deductible status with the Australian Tax Office.
To see a Queensland free from the effects of viral hepatitis.
The prevention, treatment and management of viral hepatitis and liver disease in Queensland through:
- Increasing public awareness and education regarding prevention, treatment and management of viral hepatitis,
- Information and support through our telephone infoline and production of resources,
- Activities that reduce stigma and discrimination for affected communities,
- Sector capacity building including workforce and agency, training, support and development,
- Promoting a range of effective strategies that minimise related harms including promoting links to current research and best practice guidelines and standards,
- Strategic development of guidelines, resources and publications that support a high functioning workforce, and
- Advocacy and representation of a sector perspective on policy and other issues that relate to viral hepatitis and liver health.
A brief history of HQ
In 1995 a small group of people living with hepatitis C in Brisbane decided to form an organisation to assist others across the state.
Originally called the Hepatitis C Council of Queensland, the organisation set out to:
- facilitate hepatitis C support groups across the state,
- provide information to members of the public,
- help prevent transmission,
- raise public awareness of the disease and its medical and social ramifications,
- provide support and counselling to hepatitis C positive people and their significant others,
- provide information and education to primary health care workers, and,
- provide advocacy for those with an interest in hepatitis C.
Jump forward twenty-one years and the landscape may have changed, but the organisation’s focus is still much the same. Now called Hepatitis Queensland to recognise an inclusive focus on all types of viral hepatitis, the organisation is still an active player in providing information, support and advocacy across the state.