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Borallon Correctional Centre Hep C Blitz

Posted 18 July, 2022
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Hepatitis Queensland staff were part of another successful hepatitis C point-of-care testing (POCT) blitz in a correctional setting.

At the end of June staff across the sector, led by Kombi Clinic’s Mim O’Flynn, headed into Borallon Correctional Centre on a mission to test and treat as many people in prison as possible.

The blitz identified an incredible 39% prevalence rate, with 358 people tested over five days. The team took in 6 GeneXpert POCT machines, allowing 24 tests an hour, with the help of the Kirby Institute’s National POCT program. It was a fantastic opportunity to help people in prison, and speed up the process of testing, diagnosis, and treatment.

Hep C POCT blitzes have become a regular initiative in Queensland Correctional Centres as stakeholders make their way across centres to assist the demand for hep C testing and treatment.

Results:

  • 358 men tested
  • 139 HCV positive
  • All 139 scripts written
  • 14 FibroScans performed
Borallon Correctional Centre Hep C Blitz

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