The Hep B PAST – Partnership Approach to Sustainably eliminating Chronic Hepatitis B in the Northern Territory - is working towards the elimination of Chronic Hepatitis B (CHB) from Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory.
1. Improve Health literacy about HBV amongst Indigenous communities, people living with HBV and primary Healthcare providers
2. Improve the cascade of care for individuals living with CHB in the NT
We will enable people living with CHB and their communities to have access to culturally appropriate effective education tools in their first language. We will evaluate and translate the existing “Hep B Story” educational app into a further 10 languages which will cover >70% of the NT Indigenous population.
CHB care will be transitioned into the primary care setting in the remote NT context using the chronic disease model. Central coordination through an NT HBV clinical register and an allocated core clinical care team will improve the cascade of care for CHB.
We have the necessary tools in place to achieve elimination of CHB: an effective vaccine, effective antivirals, and long-term relationships between project partners and Indigenous communities. Our aim is that with significant investment over the next 5 years we can substantially improve community health literacy, determine sero-status of >80% of Indigenous individuals, and by shifting CHB to a chronic disease care model have >80% of individuals with CHB engaged in guideline based management with 15% receiving and remaining on treatment.
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- Northern Territory Government
- Miwatj Aboriginal Corporation
- Katherine West Health Board
- Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine
- NT AIDS and Hepatitis Council
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An important collaboration which will work to eliminate chronic hepatitis B (CHB) from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the Northern Territory (NT) has been established.
Menzies is doing its part to ensure more Indigenous Territorians have access to potentially life-saving information about hepatitis B this World Hepatitis Day.
Katherine Times | Making hepatitis B information more widely available to Indigenous communities
A collaboration working to eliminate chronic hepatitis B (CHB) from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the Northern Territory (NT) is being launched by NT Health Minister the Hon Natasha Fyles.
NT News | Hope to eradicate chronic Hep B