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The Epidemiology and disease burden of Hepatitis B in the Northern Territory of Australia



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24th September 2012

The first Australian National strategy for Hepatitis B virus infection (HBV) was launched in 2010 with the goal of;
“reducing the transmission of, and morbidity and mortality caused by, hepatitis B and to minimise the personal and social impact of hepatitis B”, and lists Indigenous Australians as a priority group. The goal of this research program is to inform improvements in the provision of care for people living with chronic hepatitis B in the Top End of the Northern Territory. It includes 4 separate but related sections the first looking at the clinical epidemiology of hepatitis B, the second describing the molecular epidemiology of Hepatitis B in Indigenous Australians, the third establishing the rates of morbidity and mortality related to Hepatitis B and lastly development of a culturally appropriate educational tool to use in the remote community context. I will cover the background, methods and results so far of these four sections in this presentation.
Presenter: Jane Davies