Almost 35,000 Queenslanders are living with hepatitis B.
1 in 10 people living with hepatitis B are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Hep B Care
Powerful and Free tells the story of Bec’s experience with chronic hepatitis B. Since her diagnosis Bec has come to understand there is a lack of knowledge about hep B – both from health care providers and the First Nations community.
“Education is very important for our mob because, you can live a well life, you can live an active life with hepatitis b, but you have to have the right information,” Bec said.
The film explores the relationship Bec has with her doctor and how this connection has helped her to successfully manage her hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B is a health condition that requires a united approach. It involves individuals, communities and health services working together to educate and empower families and community to B Stronger together.
What is hep B?
Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause inflammation and damage to your liver. If left unmonitored and untreated it can cause chronic liver disease and liver cancer.
The hepatitis B virus is found in blood and sexual fluids. It is most commonly transmitted from mother to child during birth and delivery as well as unprotected sex, sharing injecting drug equipment and unsterile tattooing.
Most people with hep B will be asymptomatic and it can take many years for symptoms to begin. A blood test is the only way to know if a person has hepatitis B.
Did you know?
Almost 35,000 Queenslanders are living with hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B is a leading cause of liver cancer.
1 in 3 people don’t know they have hepatitis B.
Over 75% of people with hep B are not getting regular check ups.
Check ups are essential to help prevent liver cancer and liver failure.
Over 75% of people with chronic hepatitis B are not seeing their doctor for regular check-ups.
Without regular monitoring chronic hepatitis B can cause serious damage to your liver, such as fibrosis, cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. In fact, without regular blood tests and ultrasounds, up to one in four people with hepatitis B will die of liver cancer or liver failure.
The good news is people with chronic hepatitis B can lead healthy lives. With regular tests every six months and treatment when needed, liver cancer can be prevented.
A hepatitis B check up involves a series of blood tests and a liver scan to look for changes to the virus and the person’s overall liver health.
We can provide your team with tools and resources containing everything you need to know about hepatitis B testing, vaccinations and check ups.
Hepatitis B education for health and service provider staff.
Our B Stronger education program is available to health services and organisations across Queensland to help protect communities from hepatitis B. Our education aims to build staff confidence in yarning about the importance of testing, vaccination and the care needed for someone living with hepatitis B.
The program includes:
- Education sessions tailored for your staff (online or face-to-face)
- Includes a comprehensive hepatitis B staff manual
- Ongoing support
- Merchandise kit including t-shirts, calico bags, mobile phone accessories and more.
Practical resources to help start conversations about hepatitis B.
The B Stronger Toolkit is a comprehensive resource to assist service providers in eliminating hepatitis B as a public health threat within their community.
Created in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services and Hepatitis Queensland, our B Stronger toolkit is designed for your staff to deliver hepatitis B education to both the workforce and members of the community.
The tools and resources contained within the kit will build staff confidence in yarning about the importance of testing, vaccination and the care needed for someone living with chronic hepatitis B.
The B Stronger Toolkit includes:
- 30 page Manual – Divided into relevant topics such as transmission, vaccination, testing, treatment, and pregnancy
- Training presentation – Allowing you to deliver your own education sessions
- Evaluation form – To encourage two-way communication with training participants and provide feedback
- Certificate template – To recognise completion of hepatitis B training
Eye-catching merchandise to help raise awareness of hepatitis B.
Our B Stronger merchandise packs are available to Queensland services working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Services can use these resources within their communities to help support the important messages of the B Stronger project.
The merchandise pack includes:
- Mouse pads
- Pop sockets
- Mobile phone card holders (stick-on)
- Lanyards with cards
- Pencils and colouring pages
- T-shirts (Men’s and women’s sizes available)
About the Artwork
The B Stronger artwork (pictured right) was commissioned as part of the B Stronger hepatitis B education project and signifies the many individuals, communities and health services working together to target hep B.
Artist Joe Malone, who runs Jagalingu Aboriginal Creations, has provided a detailed description of the many elements that make up the art piece:
“Hep B is a health condition that requires a united approach. It involves individuals, communities, and health services working together and this art piece captures these elements.
The small circles, lines and crosshatching represent the song lines and story lines urging communities to attend their local Aboriginal Medical Service to yarn about, be tested, be vaccinated, or have a checkup for hep B. The footprints represent the travelling to and from these health services.
The larger circles represent the Aboriginal Medical Services where people have journeyed to and from. These circles include the symbols for male and female to represent both the community members and the staff working in these services. A liver has also been included in the centre of each circle as hep B impacts our liver health. The Hepatitis Queensland staff are the crosshatched symbols sitting in these circles yarning with community and educating them about hep B and liver health.
At the centre of the painting is the Hep B Family Tree which is a visual tool used for hep B education, with the branches reminding us to:
- B Tested
- B Vaccinated
- B Stronger
Sitting around the Hep B Family Tree are figures to represent the individuals in the community who may be at more risk of hep B. These are young people aged 15-25 years, men and women 50 years and over, as well as mum’s with hep B and their bubs.”