Unfortunately, there is no needle exchange program in any jail in Australia which would have a big impact in preventing blood borne virus reinfection. Professor Levy mentioned that the ACT Legislative Assembly is in the process of passing a bill for setting up a needle and syringe program at the AMC soon.
It was good to learn about new drugs especially salvage Rx. It was also beneficial to hear about other GP/Medical Centre's experience in treating Hepatitis C infection around Australia. There was also an interesting panel discussion about how more GPs can be involved & empowered to eliminate Hepatitis C infection in Australia by 2030 in accordance with the World Health Organisation’s goal.
Muhammad Saidul Islam graduated from University of Chittagong, Bangladesh & did MMed course at UNSW. Dr. Islam became a Hep C Rx prescriber in 2014, started prescribing at Winnunga AMS since 2015 and is currently treating patients at a Queanbeyan, NSW GP practice.