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Hepatitis B Mapping Project

​​​​​​​The Hepatitis B Mapping Project is a ​​joint initiative of ASHM and the Doherty Institute, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The project will produce a comprehensive understanding of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in Australia using data that will help to inform awareness and intervention campaigns to suit the particular local needs of people living with CHB and those providing services to them.

NEW Second National Report: Estimates of chronic hepatitis B diagnosis, monitoring and treatment by Medicare Local (released 04 Feb 2014)

For the first time, national datasets are used to indicate the current level of diagnosis, monitoring and treatment, as well as vaccination rates and outcomes of infection. The report serves as a benchmark against which progress in achieving the National Hepatitis B Strategy 2014-2017 targets and priorities can be assessed. It provides detailed information at a national, state/territory and local area.

Download the Second National Hepatitis B Mapping Report

The First Hepatitis B Mapping Project National Report (released 2012)

This report outlines the comprehensive mapping phase of the project, which identifies priority Medicare Locals based on CHB burden along with the major communities affected in each of these areas as gleaned from the 2011 Census. The report presents the number of people living with CHB in each Medicare Local and the proportion of the population that number represents; what proportion of people living with CHB in each Medicare Local were born overseas or are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; how many speak little or no English; and the geographic breakdown within Medicare Locals according to constituent Local Government Areas (LGAs).

Download the Hepatitis B Mapping Project: Estimates of chronic hepatitis B prevalence and cultural and linguistic diversity by Medicare Local, 2011 National Report (PDF 900kB): Focusing on baseline Medicare Local prevalence estimates and demographic and linguistic information.)

Why do we need to map the extent of hepatitis B?

Around 218,000 people were estimated to be living with CHB in Australia in 2011, approximately 1% of the population. In Australia, people born overseas (particularly from Asia, the Pacific and Africa) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are disproportionately affected by CHB.

Due to these epidemiological determinants, CHB is not evenly distributed geographically in Australia with wide variation by area.

Enhancing access to treatment and care, a priority action in the National Hepatitis B Strategy, relies on people receiving information, being diagnosed, and being able to access culturally appropriate and safe healthcare.

How can the project outputs be used?

Localised priority setting is a key objective of recent healthcare reform in Australia, and the geographic mapping of the burden of diseases such as CHB allows for the prioritisation of health interventions and improvement of local service delivery in areas of the greatest need.

The geographically uneven distribution of CHB presents the opportunity to engage with and improve awareness within affected communities though the targeting of high prevalence areas. Additionally, identifying areas where access to appropriate diagnosis and treatment is lowest relative to the estimated burden of CHB and incidence of liver cancer provides the opportunity to prioritise interventions and local service delivery.

It is planned to update these reports annually, to reflect both the shifting epidemiology of CHB in Australia and evaluate the impact of public health and clinical service interventions on increasing access to diagnosis and treatment at a population level over time.

Who is behind the Hepatitis B Mapping Project?

ASHM and the Doherty Institute are working in partnership to produce a comprehensive understanding of the epidemiology of hepatitis B in Australia. The Hepatitis B Mapping Project commenced in 2012 and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

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