Every year, July 28 marks World Hepatitis Day across the world. Viral hepatitis infections are among the most prevalent and serious conditions in the world. Globally, viral hepatitis accounts for 80 per cent of liver cancers and kills 1.4 million people every year.
This year sees the first ever World Health Organisation's Global Strategy for Viral Hepatitis and the launch of the global movement, NOhep, setting a goal of eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030 and uniting people from across the world to take action.
This is the first time in history that national governments are signing up and committing to the goal of eliminating the hepatitis virus. As such, the theme for this year's global campaign is elimination as every action is an action towards elimination.
Unlike many other illnesses, the solution to eliminate hepatitis exists. With vaccines available for hepatitis A and B, effective treatments for hepatitis B and a cure for hepatitis C, the elimination of these cancer-causing infections can be achieved within our lifetime.
To commemorate World Hepatitis Day and join the NOhep movement to eliminate viral hepatitis and liver cancer, Cancer Council WA is hosting a GP webinar titled "Hepatitis B in Emerging Communities in Western Australia".
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) accounts for 60-80 per cent of primary liver cancer cases globally and contributes to 1 in 4 premature deaths by liver cancer or failure in Australia due to late diagnosis, incorrect management and poor treatment. HBV has increasingly become most prevalent in migrant populations across Australia, and GPs across WA working with these community groups and practicing in high prevalence regions, play a crucial role in reducing the burden of HBV and liver cancer through opportunistic testing and ongoing follow-up.
This webinar is also open to other health professionals to learn more about HBV in WA including the current policies and recommended practices.
For more information about the webinar and to register, click here.
Find out more about World Hepatitis Day in Australia by joining the conversation online using the hashtags #WorldHepDay and #NOhep.