Eliminating hepatitis C – new treatments
Lisa Carter, from Hepatitis SA, a not-for-profit, community-based organisation, which aims to meet the needs of people with or affected by viral hepatitis (hepatitis B & C), will present information about our services which include information, referral, support, education and hep C peer education for the South Australian community.
Karan Olson, a Peer Educator, also from Hepatitis SA, will present on her work within Aboriginal Services, and Drug and Alcohol Services in SA raising community awareness regarding viral hepatitis. The peer program aims to eliminate barriers in relation to accessing viral hepatitis information and support services for clients of these services.
She will also provide information about the exciting new treatments and treatment services and her lived experience of them. The presentation aims to highlight the contrast between the previous treatments for hepatitis C and the newly available direct acting anti-viral treatments. These new treatments are more tolerable (physically and mentally), have a higher success rate and shorter treatment duration. This provides new opportunities to treat people who were previously considered unsuitable including clients of AOD and mental health services.
This presentation will help to increase community awareness about viral hepatitis, particularly hepatitis C, the new direct acting anti-viral treatments, care options and access to them. Together we can increase the capacity of AOD and other workers in attendance to support people with, or at risk of, hepatitis C in the hopes of eliminating it once and for all.