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Making a New Hepatitis C Diagnosis

Summary

  • ASHM produces a range of practical resources to support GPs when making a new hepatitis C diagnosis.
  • ​Guidance on managing indications; providing advice for regarding hepatitis C prevention; performing testing; gaining informed consent; and conveying a positive result is available.
  • Legal responsibilities for GPs and links to support for patients are also provided.

This webpage contains:


​Resources for General Practitioners

Primary Care Providers and Hepatitis C

This booklet has been written for GPs and outlines the virus and provides advice on prevention, diagnosis, management, treatment and referral.


Decision-making in Hepatitis C

This two-page quick reference guide assists GPs in identifying risk factors for hepatitis C, what tests to order and how to evaluate laboratory results. It also provides further information on management, referral and treatment. Note: this resource is currently being updated to include new treatments. 


Australian recommendations for the management of hepatitis C virus infection: a consensus statement 2016

Prepared by an expert panel, this document provides guidance on epidemiology, models of care, diagnosis, pre-treatment assessment, monitoring and treatment. For full details, see the Australian recommendations for the management of hepatitis C virus infection: a consensus statement 2016 at www.hepcguidelines.org.au


Remote Consultation Request for Initiation of Hepatitis C Treatment

Developed by GESA- Australian Liver Association, this template can be used by medical practitioners, including general practitioners, to consult with a gastroenterologist, hepatologist, or infectious disease physician experienced in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection, in order to prescribe new treatments under the PBS. ​


National Hepatitis C Testing Policy and Testing Portal

This website defines appropriate hepatitis C testing pathways using currently available technologies. It is relevant for all health professionals ordering and interpreting tests for hepatitis C. It is not intended to be a resource for people with or at risk of hepatitis C. Key areas of the policy relevant for GPs include:


HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STIs: A guide for primary care (4th Edition)

This comprehensive 208-page handbook is a leading HIV, viral hepatitis and STI clinical resource, reflecting current knowledge and recommended practice in primary care settings.

It is designed to meet the needs of GPs, providing information and guidelines on risk assessment, diagnosis, management and professional issues. It also covers legal responsibilities for primary carers.


General Practice Management Plan for Hepatitis C

A GP Management Plan (GPMP) to use for managing patients living with chronic hepatitis C. Assists with Medicare item No. 721 GP Management Plan Service and No. 723 Team Care Arrangements.

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Resour​ces for Newly Diagnosed Indiv​​iduals

Hepatitis C: Prevention and Cure (Hepatitis Australia)

A single page fact sheet for newly diagnosed patients, providing information about the virus and a personal case study.


Living Well with Hepatitis C (MHAHS)

A comprehensive booklet produced by the Multicultural HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Service in NSW. It covers the basics about hepatitis C and what it means for the patient and their lifestyle. It is available in 11 community languages.


Treatments for hep C – Direct Acting Antivirals (Hepatitis NSW)

The information in this factsheet will be amended as new information emerges. In particular, the administrative details concerning prescription arrangements for GPs and other doctors still need to be established. New treatment consensus guidelines also are being developed. The purpose of this factsheet is to provide as much information about the new treatments as is currently known. ​


Hepatitis C Testing Information (Hepatitis Australia)

This 44-page pamphlet is for people who are preparing for testing for hepatitis C, people who have just found out they have hepatitis C, or people who have known for a while that they have hepatitis C and want to learn more about hepatitis C and testing.


Hepatitis Australia

Hepatitis Australia is the peak community organisation for viral hepatitis. There are eight state and territory-based hepatitis organisations that provide local information and support services.

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