Jul 20
Come for breakfast and stay for a blood test - hepatitis awareness week 23-29 July 2012

Clients to the Bathurst Health Service’s Chifley Clinic will be treated to a free breakfast during Hepatitis Awareness Week.

Awareness raising activities across the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD) such as the ‘Bathurst Chifley Clinic Breakfast and Blood Test’ are focussing on bringing awareness about viral hepatitis to residents and highlighting the local opportunities for testing and treatment.

The staff at the Bathurst Chifley Clinic will be serving a healthy breakfast to clients between 7am and 10am on Monday 23rd July.

 “We were lucky enough to receive a grant from Hepatitis NSW for the Bathurst Chifley Clinic breakfast event. We have invited people at risk for or living with Hepatitis C. They can partake in the healthy, liver-friendly breakfast and an information session raising awareness about viral hepatitis and providing opportunity for participants to learn more about hepatitis C testing and the  treatment options available in Bathurst,” said hepatology Nurse Judith Lamont.

Hepatitis, meaning inflammation of the liver, is often caused by a viral infection. Left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems, including early mortality, for a significant number of Australians.

Hepatitis NSW CEO, Stuart Loveday, said there are estimated to be more than 225,000 people in Australia living with chronic hepatitis C and 170,000 people with chronic hepatitis B.

“Despite the prevalence and seriousness of hepatitis, few people know that hepatitis C can be treated and cured in the vast majority of cases,” Mr Loveday said. “And there is a good and effective treatment for people with hepatitis B as well, but treatment take-up rates for both hepatitis B and hepatitis C are low.”

Public awareness of viral hepatitis is poor. Many people, including some health workers, are neither aware of the ways hepatitis is transmitted nor of the treatments available.

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2012 runs from the 23to 29 July, and World Hepatitis Day is on Saturday 28 July.

 

Media Contact: To arrange interviews or vision of the planned activities please call Melissa Hamling (Mon-Tues)  6369 3833 / 0417 511 738 or  Rachel Buchanan (Wed-Fri) 6369 3832 / 0428 261 899.