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Thursday, 14 February 2013
Page: 1392

World Hepatitis Day

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) 28 July is World Hepatitis Day;

(b) the event is one of only four official world disease awareness days endorsed by the World Health Organization;

(c) chronic hepatitis C is a large and growing health problem in Australia with more than 200,000 people living with the disease;

(d) left untreated, hepatitis C can possibly lead to liver damage, cancer and death;

(e) hepatitis C has now eclipsed HIV/AIDS as the number one viral killer in Australia;

(f) hepatitis C can be cured with the appropriate treatment;

(g) needle and syringe programs have proven effective in relation to preventing transmission of hepatitis B and hepatitis C as well as HIV; and

(h) hepatitis C disproportionately impacts the Indigenous community with Indigenous people representing less than 3 per cent of the total Australian population but more than 8 per cent of the Australian population infected with hepatitis C; and

(2) welcomes scientific and treatment advances that greatly increase the chance of curing patients with the most common and hardest to treat strain of hepatitis C.

Question agreed to.