A range of education, training and communication resources have been developed and updated to support implementation and roll out of the new hepatitis C treatments.
These resources are in the process of being updated in response to the announcement from PHARMAC on 17 December 2018 that a new hepatitis C pangenotypic treatment will be funded from 1 February 2019.
National guidance to support the development of integrated regional hepatitis C services
The Hepatitis C Implementation Advisory Group established by the Ministry of Health recently updated their guidance in January 2019 in response to the new treatments:
- Guidance to support the development of regional services to deliver identification and treatment for people at risk of or with hepatitis C (docx, 1.1 MB)
- Guidance to support the development of regional services to deliver identification and treatment for people at risk of or with hepatitis C (pdf, 748 KB)
The Hepatitis C Implementation Advisory Group is led by Professor Ed Gane, Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland and chief hepatologist at Auckland City Hospital’s Liver Transplant Unit.
In February 2017, Professor Gane was awarded New Zealand Innovator of the Year in recognition of his dedicated and innovative work contributing to the development of a cure for hepatitis C.
BPAC resource for primary care
A Best Practice Advocacy Centre (BPAC) resource has been developed to provide prescribers in primary care with comprehensive guidance on the management of patients with hepatitis C. This resource was updated in January 2019 to highlight how hepatitis C management in primary care has changed with the new treatment available from 1 February.
Webinar supporting primary care prescribing and curing hepatitis C
A webinar has been developed to support primary care prescribing and curing hepatitis C.
In this live Goodfellow Webinar Dr Ed Gane discussed eradicating hepatitis C in New Zealand and the central role that general practice can play. Dr Gane used cases of acute presentation to chronic presentation and how oral medication, available in primary care can cure the disease.
Treatment guidelines from the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology
Prescribing guidance has been completed by the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology (NZSG) in the form of hepatitis C virus treatment guidelines. These guidelines that are in the process of being updated can be found on the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology website:
Understanding hepatitis C – Know it. Test it. Treat it.
Resources have been developed to support a greater understanding of hepatitis C.
This includes a pamphlet explaining what is hepatitis C, who is at risk, the symptoms, how to avoid infecting others, and treatment options.
A poster is also available to raise awareness about who is at risk of hepatitis C and to encourage people to ask their health care professional about getting tested.