Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are two of the viruses that can cause inflammation of the liver. Both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are spread through contact with infected blood. Activities such as sharing injecting equipment, unsterile tattooing and body piercing or unsterile medical procedures may put you at risk of contracting Hepatitis C or Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is also present in sexual fluids and can be transmitted via sexual contact.
Vaccination against Hepatitis B is available. There is no vaccination to prevent Hepatitis C, however there are ways to prevent exposure as well as to prevent the spread of hepatitis to others. An estimated 280,000 people in Australia have contracted Hepatitis C.
If you are living with Hepatitis B or C, it is important to know that there are effective treatments available for most types of these viruses. In addition to this, there are a range of lifestyle choices that will help you cope better with hepatitis.
The HARP unit provides a range of fixed and outreach viral hepatitis services to the community. Services provided include:
- Information and education about Hepatitis A, B and C prevention, management and treatment
- Testing and treatment for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
- Monthly support groups in some locations
- Hepatitis B and A vaccination for defined target groups
All services are confidential. Medicare card may be required for specialist services.
For further information:
Call the Hep C Helpline 1800 803 990
Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) provides a range of hepatitis related information for healthcare workers including:
- National Testing Policies
- The Fourth National Hepatitis C Strategy 2014 – 2017
- NSW Hepatitis C Strategy 2014-2020.
Services available at these locations
Coffs Harbour Health Campus,
Liver Clinic (Clinic C)
345 Pacific Hwy
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Phone 02 6656 7865
Kempsey Community Health
West Kempsey NSW 2440
Phone 02 6561 2790
Port Macquarie Community Health
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Phone 02 6588 2750
Grafton Community Health Centre
Grafton NSW 2460
Phone 02 6641 8712