A report back from Dr Sunil Solomon - Elimination of hepatitis C in people who inject drugs in low and middle income countries: The Final Frontier; Dr Joseph Doyle - Australian Hepatitis Elimination Scorecard: Progress since the Australasian Viral Hepatitis Elimination Conference - The Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference Opening Plenary
As a GP based in Lakes Entrance I provide care to rural and remote areas. Chronic disease management is a major part of the day-to-day work this involves. Attending the 11th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference produced many lightbulb moments – most notably that some of these diseases are treatable and even curable, as in the case of Hepatitis C. The two main challenges remain engaging those we know have Viral Hepatitis in treatment and finding those who do not yet know they have Viral Hepatitis. The awareness of chronic infection is relevant both for the new phase of safe and effective cures available for Hepatitis C, and the risks of ignorance of chronic Hepatitis B infection.