Publications & Reports

Hepatitis C in people with mental illness: how big is the problem and how do we respond?

Alison Seccull, Jacqui Richmond, Ben Thomas, Helen Herrman
Victorian Public Health Training Scheme, Department of Human Services, Melbourne, Vic, Australia.


OBJECTIVE: To review the evidence available on best practice care of people with both hepatitis C and mental illness and its application in a mental health service. METHODS: A literature search was conducted for publications dealing with screening, referral for specialist review and antiviral treatment for this population group. RESULTS: A small number of studies was identified that specifically dealt with screening and treatment for hepatitis C in people with mental illness. CONCLUSIONS: Screening, referral and treatment for hepatitis C in people with mental illness is worthwhile and achievable.


  • Journal: Australasian Psychiatry
  • Published: 01/12/2006
  • Volume: 14
  • Issue: 4
  • Pagination: 374-378