More than 70,000 Victorians currently live with the hepatitis C virus. Previously, only 1.3% of people with hepatitis C received treatment; left untreated, chronic hepatitis C can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and death. However, since March 2016, several new direct acting antivirals to treat hepatitis C have been made available on the PBS General Schedule. This means that medicines can be prescribed by GPs and supplied by community pharmacists.
Managing hepatitis C in Primary Care
Our PHN supports primary care providers to manage hepatitis C through regular education and training. Use the links below to access online training or to register for upcoming events.
- Online learning – Curing hep C – Your role as a GP (RACGP 2 category 2 points)
- VHHITAL – Victorian HIV and Hepatitis Integrated Training and Learning
- Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) resource:
Prescribing / dispensing resources
Harm Reduction Victoria’s List of GPs treating people with hepatitis C
The Hep C Treatment Prescribers page includes a list of GPs around the Melbourne area that are prescribing new Hep C medications to patients.
Primary Care Application for HCV Treatment
GPs can use this template (developed by GESA- Australian Liver Association) to consult with a gastroenterologist, hepatologist, or infectious disease physician, in order to prescribe new treatments under the PBS.
Request to initiate DAA treatment Medical Software Templates
Please read this document before downloading the Best Practice, Medical Director or ZedMed data forms below.
Download the request to initiate DAA treatment templates:
PBS General Statement for Drugs for the Treatment of Hepatitis C outlines patient eligibility criteria for PBS subsided direct-acting antivirals for the treatment of hepatitis C.
- AST to Platelet Ratio Index (APRI) Calculator: This tool calculates a patient’s AST to Platelet Ratio Index.
- Drug Interactions: Checks for drug interactions between drugs used to treat and those used for other indications.
- Liver Clinics and Units in Australia
Be free from Hep C: General and treatment information for people living with hepatitis C.
LiverWell: Easy to use tools aimed at keeping your liver well.
Hepatitis C Medicines Fact Sheet for Consumers
- Facts for consumers
- Hep C Prevention for Injecting Drug Users: Information on safer injecting practices.
Need more assistance?
Nurse Consultants from Royal Melbourne Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital are available to assist GPs with remote consultations and prescribing the direct-acting antiviral agents.
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Sally Watkinson, Integrated Hepatitis C Clinical Nurse Consultant
Victorian Infectious Diseases Service Melbourne Health, The Doherty Institute
Level 5, 792 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000
M: 0407 574 939 | F: 03 8344 1222
St Vincent’s Melbourne
Lisa Stothers, Hepatology Clinical Nurse Consultant
Department of Gastroenterology, St Vincent’s Melbourne
Level 4 Daly Wing, 41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065
T: 03 9231 2171 | M: 0407 511 299 | f: 03 9231 3596