More than 70,000 Victorians currently live with the hepatitis C virus. Previously, only 1. per cent 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 the infection 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 hepatitis C treatment prescribers page includes a list of GPs in the Melbourne area who are prescribing new hepatitis C medications to patients.

Primary care application for HCV treatment

GPs can use this template (developed by GESA and the 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 subsidised direct-acting antivirals for the treatment of hepatitis C. hepatits C medication update – webinar for pharmacists


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 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