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Senior Health Promotions Officer, Louise Maher

New hepatitis C assessment tool helps target elimination of the virus by 2028

30 Jul 2018

 

Population Health experts from the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District have launched an interactive online self-assessment tool designed to help people evaluate their risk of hepatitis C and take action to stay hep C free.

The ‘Liver Well Hep C Quiz’ is the product of a successful partnership between health promotion and clinical staff across NSW working towards the elimination of hepatitis C by the year 2028.

Development of the online self-assessment tool was facilitated by Senior Health Promotions Officer Louise Maher from the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. Ms Maher says that the quiz provides a simple way of looking at the possibilities of exposure to hepatitis C and encourages people to talk with their GP if they have concerns, adding that “this kind of quiz helps to reduce stigma by normalising conversations about hep C.”

The tool forms part of a recently launched website EveryBody Live Well, which provides accurate health and wellness information with a local flavour for communities across Penrith, the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and the Hawkesbury.

The launch of the assessment tool coincides with both Hepatitis Awareness Week and a recent breakthrough in how hepatitis C is treated; now requiring tablets instead of injections, cutting treatment times significantly and improving cure rates to over 95%.

Stuart Loveday, CEO of Hepatitis NSW, has thanked the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD team “for producing this excellent, easy-to-use online liver health self-assessment tool”, and says he is confident that “we can eliminate hep C in 10 years, but only if all people are aware of the virus, how it is transmitted and how to access treatment."

To take the quiz go to http://www.everybodylivewell.com/HepC-self-assessment-quiz

For more information about hepatitis C visit hepc.org.au or call the Hepatitis Infoline on 1800 803 990. 

 

27 July 2018