The Brisbane South Primary Health Network (BSPHN) is estimated to have the highest proportion of people living with hepatitis C in Queensland and yet, one of the lowest treatment uptakes in the state.
Queensland Health, in partnership with Brisbane South PHN, Metro South HHS and Hepatitis Queensland, will be launching a new hepatitis C community awareness project to increase the uptake of hepatitis C treatment in Brisbane South by encouraging community members to talk to a hepatitis C treating GP. Local GPs are encouraged to support hepatitis C treatment uptake in their area by accessing available training, support and resources, or by using a new GP-GP referral system if they are not comfortable treating hepatitis C.
ASHM collaborated with the campaign to hold a HCV training event in Brisbane South on 16 July where 42 local GPs and nurses were able to update their knowledge and increase confidence in hepatitis C screening, management and treatment. Attendees were also linked with resources and outreach services from local organisations, Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland and Hepatitis Queensland, to support their practices to increase screening and treatment in the community.
See the campaign: www.qld.gov.au/hepC