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Australia's Action Plan # 1 Report on the enquiry into hepatitis C related discrimination

In calling our report into hepatitis C related discrimination C-change, what we are essentially calling for is a major transformation in public policy—one which refuses to accept that discrimination is the inevitable companion of Hepatitis C Virus infection

465 kb pdf

Australia's Action Plan # 2 Why conduct an enquiry into hepatitis C related discrimination

In recognition of the seriousness of the issue of Hepatitis C Virus related discrimination,

442 kb pdf

Discrimination experienced by particular communities

The evidence to this Enquiry makes it abundantly clear that the stigma associated with injecting drug use is closely linked to Hepatitis C Virus and discrimination on the basis of Hepatitis C Virus or current, past or assumed drug use are so closely associated that they many be indistinguishable

443 kb pdf

Australia's Action Plan # 4 Avenues for Redress

Anti-discrimination legislation prohibits disability discrimination in many areas of public life, however the treatment that individuals experience as discriminatory or unfair may not necessarily amount to unlawful discrimination

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Australia's Action Plan # 5 Appendices

Listing of resources

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Australia's Dental plan for blood diseases

The project was developed from the earlier HIV/AIDS Related Discrimination: Healthcare Worker Project,.  HIV/AIDS related discrimination has been identified as a priority area for action

380 kb pdf

Australia's response to AIDS in Prison One area of employment that has received increased attention over recent years is occupational health and safety (OH&S). This is largely due to the unacceptably high incidences of industrial injuries and diseases and recognition of the inadequacies of traditional safety legislation.  
Australia's response to Hepatitis C Virus “The newly diagnosed person also has to make decisions about who to tell about the diagnosis and to be aware of the possible consequences.  Many report feeling isolated, ‘permanently scarred’ or ‘tainted’.  People living with hepatitis C live with fears, myths and misinformation about the disease and with the projected anxieties of others."  
Awareness programs in Australia In the ensuing years, hepatitis C has become a national epidemic, with more than 150 000 Australians known to be infected. It is estimated that an additional 11 000 new infections occurred each year during the 1990s. Escalating rates of Hepatitis C Virus infection will have enormous consequences, as 10-15% of people infected have the potential to progress to end-stage liver disease, with all the implications that has for health care services in the years ahead.  
Barriers to access and effective use of anti-discrimination remedies for people living with HIV and HCV-Australia This paper identifies and analyses the barriers to access and use of anti-discrimination remedies for people living with HIV and hepatitis C virus.  It focuses particularly on the recent changes and proposed changes to remedies in the Commonwealth jurisdiction, and any impact these changes many have on the demand for or use of State remedies. Pdf 227 kb
Health care workers infected with HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C-Australia This circular extends policy on health care workers infected with blood borne viruses to include hepatitis C.  All health care workers in New South Wales who perform exposure prone procedures are required to know their blood blorne virus status.  A HCW who either HCV PCR positive or HIV positive or HbeAg positive or HBV DNA positive must not perform exposure prone procedures. 45 kb pdf
Hepatitis C Virus-An Australian snapshot Hepatitis C Fact Sheet 109 kb pdf

Hepatitis C Virus Family Physician

A management guide for general practitioners

603 kb pdf

Hepatitis C Virus Awareness Australia was the first country to develop a National Strategy for Hepatitis C Virus. NSW Health has held successful Hepatitis C Awareness Weeks in 2000 and 2002, which have increased public awareness of many issues relating to Hepatitis C Virus.  

Hep C Review - Edition 30

The world's first National Hepatitis C Strategy was welcomed by Australian community groups and health professionals alike following its launch in Brisbane in late June. Hard on its heels came the publication of the companion report Hepatitis C - Informing Australia's National Response - a series of commissioned papers summarising the full range of hepatitis C research.

 

Hepatitis C: a review of Australia’s response

This report deals with Australia’s response

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“Hepatitis C: a review of Australia’s response”

“The newly diagnosed person also has to make decisions about who to tell about the diagnosis and to be aware of the possible consequences.  Many report feeling isolated, ‘permanently scarred’ or ‘tainted’.  People living with hepatitis C live with fears, myths and misinformation about the disease and with the projected anxieties of others.”

 

Hepatitis Manual

 Hepatitis C is probably the most common life threatening infection in Australia. Over the last 20 years, an estimated 130,000 people have been infected, with an estimated 6000 new infections annually from IDU alone. Of those infected, 80-85% develop chronic liver disease. Of these, 10-20% develop cirrhosis within 20 years, and of those with cirrhosis, 5% will develop hepato-cellular carcinoma.

 

Management of healthcare workers after occupational exposure to hepatitis C virus-Australia Many healthcare workers are extremely anxious after needlestick injuries, with widespread effects on work performance, personal relationships and psychological health, leading to depression and, at times, a sense of abandonment and isolation. This may occur regardless of counselling. Given the relatively low rate of HCV seroconversion after needlestick injury, it is often these psychological issues that have the greatest impact on injured healthcare workers.  

 

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