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HEALTH—WORLD HEPATITIS DAY

Senator Pratt, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 885—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 28 July was World Hepatitis Day,

  (ii) the event is one of only 4 official world disease awareness days endorsed by the World Health Organization,

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

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

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

  (vi) hepatitis C can be cured with the appropriate treatment,

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

  (viii) hepatitis C disproportionately impacts on 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

 (b) 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.

Statement by leave: Senator Pratt, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.