It is now nearly three months since the first national 'Treating Hepatitis C in General Practice Forum' was held in Adelaide. I was lucky enough to be a member of the organising committee which included GPs from across Australia.
On reflection, highlights from the day-long event included:
Having 50 GPs from across Australia in a room, with a mix of experience from novice to experienced HCV prescriber, to share information and experiences. It was great having a few HCV specialists in the room providing the latest information and evidence. The feedback from the day was so positive that we are hoping it will become an annual event.
The important role GPs can play in the whole person viral hepatitis disease management, from detecting the 30-40,000 people living with chronic HCV not yet diagnosed, to one stop shop GP HCV assessment and DAA treatment for most, and the important long term role monitoring of those with cirrhosis.