Find out how we define and monitor cases of hepatitis D, and where you can learn more about this disease.
About hepatitis D
Hepatitis is an illness that inflames and damages your liver. It affects the liver’s ability to do its job, which includes making proteins and clearing the blood of unwanted impurities.
Hepatitis D is a rarer type of hepatitis in Australia. It only affects people infected with hepatitis B.
Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
The hepatitis B vaccine can protect you against both hepatitis B and D. Treatment for hepatitis D focuses on managing symptoms.
For information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's hepatitis page.
Find out more about getting vaccinated against hepatitis B (which can protect against hepatitis D).
Surveillance and reporting
Hepatitis D is a nationally notifiable disease.
We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.
For more on hepatitis D in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence.