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.

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.

Clinical templates

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.

Hepatits C Medication update – webinar for pharmacists

Tools

For patients

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

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
sally.watkinson@mh.org.au

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
lisa.stothers@svha.org.au