New resources to help primary care professionals manage patients living with hepatitis B, as data shows Australia lagging behind treatment targets

Although in many cases, hepatitis B can be managed in primary care and by hepatitis B community s100 prescribers, less than 10% of people being treated for hepatitis B are currently being managed exclusively in primary care.

“Not only are community s100 prescribers an underutilised resource for hepatitis B care, we also know patients in primary care typically receive faster treatment, are less prone to disconnect from health services and are more likely to adhere to treatment regimes,” said ASHM CEO, Alexis Apostolellis.

ASHM has developed a new suite of resources for General Practitioners at the point of hepatitis B diagnosis and initial engagement in care, supporting community-based referrals. They will guide clinicians through what needs to happen from the first point of contact with someone or diagnosis of hepatitis B, how to decide where their care is best placed, how to talk to them about this and how to do the referral.  The resources can be accessed here.

Understanding the available referral pathways is one of the best ways clinicians can support patients with hepatitis B. Access the resources now to ensure you give your patients the best possible care at https://www.ashm.org.au/b-referred-campaign/.