World Hepatitis Day 2015 (WHD)
July 28th is recognised across the globe as World Hepatitis Day (WHD).
World Hepatitis Day is one of only eight designated health days endorsed by the World Health Organization as mandated by the World Health Assembly. Over 400 million people worldwide are living with hepatitis B or C. Every year, 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis. With better awareness, understanding and management many of these deaths can be prevented.
World Hepatitis Day in Australia
Half-a-million Australians are living with chronic hepatitis B and C. Without urgent action there will be an increase in serious liver disease, liver cirrhosis and liver failure and more Australian lives will be lost to viral hepatitis. That is why in Australia, this year, the theme for World Hepatitis Day is Time for Action.
If you’re at risk of hepatitis B or C, it’s Time for Action… It’s time to get tested. If you’re living with hepatitis B or C, it’s Time for Action… It’s time to ask your doctor for a regular liver check-up. It’s also time to talk to your doctor about treatment.
These three simple actions can save thousands of lives. It is time for the community, health care professionals and governments to join together to take action on viral hepatitis.
World Hepatitis Day in Australia is coordinated by Hepatitis Australia and conducted under the umbrella of the Love your Liver campaign. It is rolled out locally by the eight state and territory hepatitis organisations.
National World Hepatitis Day event
National Webcast Hepatitis C Treatment – What you need to know
On 30 July from 10:30am – 11:30am, Hepatitis Australia will be hosting a Hepatitis C Treatment – what you need to know webcast.
Treatment for hepatitis C in Australia is set to change with new medicines to become available soon. To find out what this means for you, please attend the New Hepatitis C Treatment – What you need to know webcast. Presenting at this informative webcast will be Professor Greg Dore, Head, Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia, and Infectious Diseases Physician, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia along with Kevin Marriott, Policy and Advocacy Officer, Hepatitis Australia.
Local World Hepatitis Day Events and Activities
A wide range of World Hepatitis Day events and activities are taking place across Australia on, and around, 28 July. To see what is happening in your state, visit http://loveyourliver.com.au/whd-events/
How you can help support World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Day is important. We want to utilise social media to let as many people as possible know that 28 July is World Hepatitis Day and that viral hepatitis is an important issue. Check out the #TimeForAction video and share it with your social media contacts and help us highlight World Hepatitis Day and encourage people to take action.
Hepatitis Australia would like to thank and acknowledge the following companies for their support of the 2015 Australian World Hepatitis Day campaign:
- Gilead Sciences Australia
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Australia
- AbbVie Australia
Hepatitis Australia would also like to acknowledge the Australian Government, Department of Health for their ongoing grant funding
and parliamentarians. Hepatitis Australia and their member organisations will seek assistance of policy makers and parliamentarians to take action and address these issues.