Improving Hepatitis B Virus screening in general practice in Victoria

More than 350 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) globally, with HBV causing more than one million deaths each year.

Recent mathematical modelling in Australia estimates that approximately 218,000 people were living with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in 2011, representing approximately one percent of the population.

Early diagnosis of HBV followed vaccination of contacts (where appropriate) and the education of those infected with HBV and their contacts can reduce transmission however nearly half of people living with CHB are estimated to be undiagnosed.

General practitioners (GPs) are the first point of contact with the health care system for the majority of people in Australia and thus they are ideally placed to screen people at increased risk of HBV.

However, little is known about HBV screening in general practice.

This study seeks to improve our understanding of HBV screening in general practice and develop tools to support GPs in HBV screening among priority populations.


Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Professor Margaret Hellard AM

Deputy Director, Programs; Adjunct Professor, Monash University, DEPM.