A free workshop is being held on 14 June for health and community workers keen to understand and help tackle the problem of viral hepatitis.
“This is a serious health issue that needs to be urgently addressed,” said Acting CEO of Hepatitis Victoria, Garry Irving.
“If not detected both hepatitis B and hepatitis C are debilitating and can also be deadly leading to liver cancer -Australia’s fastest growing deadly cancer,” he said.
“It’s not an exaggeration to say we can save lives by raising awareness but to do this effectively all the services which support the community must be engaged in the battle with this silent epidemic,” Mr Irving said.
Hepatitis Victoria, the peak body advocating on behalf of people living with viral hepatitis, is holding the free workforce development HEPReady workshop. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to registered participants.
Supported by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the workshop will bring a local perspective to the testing, treatment, management, care and prevention of viral hepatitis.
“The workshop is an excellent opportunity for all staff and services who may engage with people living with viral hepatitis and liver disease to develop enhanced professional skills and strengthen networks,” said Mr Irving.
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The workshop will give you an update on the prevention, treatment, management & epidemiology of hepatitis B & C.
The workshop is particularly important for the Shepparton region as recent data shows that the prevalence of both hepatitis B and C is significantly higher than for the rest of Victoria and that treatment uptake rates for the new hepatitis cures are some of the lowest in the state.
The workshop will equip anyone who may engage with people who are at risk of viral hepatitis to better understand the disease and understand referral and care pathways to access testing, treatment and care.