Viral Hepatitis Mapping Project: National Report 2017
The Viral Hepatitis Mapping Project aims to assess geographic variations in the prevalence of viral hepatitis and the disparities which exist in access to care, in order to identify priority areas for response. The National Report 2017 contains updated estimates at a state and territory, Primary Health Network (PHN), and Statistical Area 3 level. For the first time both chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and chronic hepatitis C (CHC) are covered in one combined report, which comprises the Fifth National Hepatitis B Mapping Report and the Second National Hepatitis C Mapping Report.
This year the report contains newly revised region-specific estimates of CHB prevalence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and adjusted CHC prevalence and treatment uptake to account for people currently in correctional facilities. Also new this year is the inclusion of liver cancer incidence data with comparisons to CHB and CHC prevalence and other risk factors at a PHN level.
This report forms the baseline for assessing Australia’s progress towards meeting the targets set out in the Third National Hepatitis B Strategy and Fifth National Hepatitis C Strategy, which cover the period 2018-2022 and set out clear indicators for progress towards eliminating the impact of viral hepatitis.