Sector News

2 June 2019

The Australasian Viral Hepatitis Elimination Conference (AVHEC) 2019 is themed Building Momentum towards Elimination of Hepatitis B & C in Australasia, and will showcase the lessons learned and challenges ahead in the mission to eliminate viral hepatitis. 

ASHM is excited to highlight key speakers joining AVHEC 2019 as local and international leaders in the field meet to work towards the elimination of hepatitis B & C in Australia.  

To see the full range of International and local keynote speakers – click here: 

The program focuses on increasing testing/diagnosis and improving models of care, treatment paradigms, reinfection strategies and to provide a forum for health professionals working in viral hepatitis, and increase their capacity in hepatitis B management - click here for more. 

Education and networking opportunities will build relationships and partnerships between primary and tertiary care, and improve support mechanisms for primary care professionals involved in the management of viral hepatitis. A special focus will forge connections with the multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce, government and community organisations.  

Click here to register now and secure your place in AVHEC 2019.


AVHEC Satellite Events:

Two satellite events held in conjunction with AVHEC 2019 will offer specialist networking and education opportunities for general practitioners and nurses working with viral hepatitis. 


Treating Hepatitis C in General Practice Forum: 

The day before AVHEC, fifty General Practitioners from around Australia will come together for the Treating Hepatitis C in General Practice Forum.

Run in partnership with the Kirby Institute, the Forum provides a space for GPs to share their experiences treating people with hepatitis C in primary care and priority settings. The theme “simple strategies, local solutions” will focus discussion on practical ideas for increasing hepatitis C screening and treatment uptake which GPs can implement in their local area. 

Date: Sunday 4 August 2019 – 8:30am to 5:00pm   

Venue:  Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach, The Grand Parade 

Cost: Free to GPs practicing in Australia 

Spaces are still available for GPs to register for this exciting event: click here to find out more and register today. 

Nurse led MoC Forum 

An inspiring Satellite event, the one-day Viral Hepatitis Nurse-led Models of Care (MoC) Forum will be held the day before the main AVHEC program   

Following the success of the 2018 MoC Forum - which demonstrated successful examples of nurse led models of care for hepatitis B and hepatitis C management that have resulted in improved patient outcomes - this year’s forum is shaping up to be another stellar event.  

Attendees indicated that they were inspired to learn more about the topics covered in more detail such as patient engagement, evaluation and models which are different to their own. Strategies for engaging hard to reach populations was a key take home message with many reporting their intention to involve peer workers to strengthen patient engagement.  Others reported that they would be able to transfer some of the skills and strategies they had learned throughout the day to their own models of care. 

Register now to join nurses from across Australia and New Zealand - who are coming together to share knowledge and discover new ways of working to eliminate viral hepatitis.

Participate in workshops designed to support the implementation and success of nurse-led clinics, and hear from nurses who are delivering innovative models of care in diverse range of clinical roles and across a variety of settings such as community health centres, hospitals, alcohol and other drug services, sexual health services, corrections and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services.  

Date: Sunday 4 August 2019 – 9:00am to 5:00pm   

Venue: Pullman Sydney Airport, 191 O’Riordan Street, Mascot NSW 2020  

Cost: FREE. Lunch and refreshments provided  

Spaces are still available for nurses to register for this important event: click here to find out more and register today.