More than 70,000 Victorians currently live with chronic hepatitis C. If left untreated, chronic hepatitis C can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and death.

Direct acting antiviral treatments (DAAs) have been available since March 2016, and have enabled more and more Victorians to cure chronic hepatitis C infection in a matter of months, most often with with little to no side effects. Since the introduction of DAAs to the PBS, more than 15,000 Victorians have received treatment for chronic hepatitis C, but more needs to be done to reduce the burden and impact of this disease, particularly within vulnerable population groups.

GPs and nurse practitioners can prescribe DAA treatments, and manage the hepatitis C screening and treatment process easily in the primary care setting.

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.

Primary care application for HCV treatment

GPs can use this template to consult with a gastroenterologist, hepatologist or infectious disease physician, in order to prescribe new treatments under the PBS. The template includes direct referral fax numbers relevant to the NWMPHN and EMPHN catchments and is adapted from the GESA remote consultation form. The template is a fillable PDF.

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 sheets for consumers

Additional patient resources are available on the Hepatitis Victoria, Harm Reduction Victoria, and St Vincent’s Hospital websites.

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 VIC 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