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A supplementary document to these Guidelines which provides further background to hepatitis C in custodial settings and expands on the evidence base for the Guidelines is available from the Department of Health. The supplementary document also includes appendices, additional reading and references.
The health and corrections sectors are committed to working jointly to strengthen the response to emerging public health issues in custodial settings.
These Guidelines have been developed, primarily for Chief Health Officers (CHOs), to ensure consistency in the way all Australian states and territories manage HIV transmission risk behaviours.
The National Hepatitis C Strategy provides a foundation for national action that will guide Australia’s response to hepatitis C over the next three years.
The Australian Government Response to the 2002 Reviews of the National HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Strategies
The 2002 Reviews of the National HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Strategies evaluated two of the key public health strategies in Australia. The Australian Government Response to the 2002 Reviews of the National HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Strategies addresses the recommendations of the Reviews and outlines Government policy in relation to HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and related issues.
In February 2002, Senator the Hon Kay Patterson, the Commonwealth Minister for Health and Ageing, requested independent reviews of the National HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Strategies to be undertaken concurrently with the quinquennial reviews of the NationalCentres in HIV Research.
THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN RESCINDED: Eight papers were commissioned to inform of the development of the National Hepatitis C Strategy 1999-2000 to 2003-2004. The papers span the areas of: clinical research, epidemiology, social and behavioural research, and virology and basic scientific research. This publication represents the technical core of the policy development process.
THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN RESCINDED: The National Hepatitis C Strategy 1999-2000 to 2003-2004 was launched in June 2000 by the Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care. The Strategy has two primary aims to reduce the transmission of hepatitis C in Australia, and to minimise the personal and social impacts of hepatitis C infection.
THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN RESCINDED: The review documents the extent of the problem posed by Hepatitis C - in terms of the prevalence and incidence of infection, the economic costs to Australia, and the social impact of the disease; assesses the performance of the National Hepatitis C Action Plan and the Nationally Coordinated Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Approach; provides a broad analysis of the current national and State- and Territory-level responses to the epidemic; and recommendations on directions and priorities for national action.