No 191 September 2015

World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day was marked globally on 28 July 2015.

As a Partner in the national World Hepatitis Day Campaign, HFA worked with Hepatitis Australia and State and Territory Foundations to target the national awareness campaign to the bleeding disorders community and is committed to making a difference on hepatitis C in Australia.

In 2015 we took the key messages recommended for the bleeding disorders community by specialist health professionals and transformed them into a national social media campaign.

The national theme was tweaked to read: It’s #timeforaction! Know if you were exposed to hep C; get tested; have a liver check; ask about treatment.

Social media messages were released daily via HFA and Foundation Facebook pages and Twitter in the lead-up to World Hepatitis Day.

#TIMEFORACTION SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
#time for actionHep C and liver health are a big issue for the bleeding disorders community. We shared 1 tip a day leading up to World Hepatitis Day on July 28 on how to look after your liver.

Tip 1: Many people with bleeding disorders are affected with hep C but do you know your hep C status? If you used factor before 1990 - even as a baby - you could be at risk.
It’s time for action! If you don’t know whether you have hep C or not, get tested now!

Tip 2: If you have hep C and haven’t had a liver health test in the past 2 years, it’s time to get your liver checked now. Have your liver checked regularly.

Tip 3: Did you know that if you need hep C treatment you need a liver health assessment first? Get a liver health check now. If you don’t know where to start, talk to your Haemophilia Centre about a referral.

Tip 4: If you have hep C, let your Haemophilia Centre know about your liver test results and treatment.

Tip 5: If you have hep C, stay in touch with your hepatitis clinic for latest news and updates.

Tip 6: Does someone in your family have hep C? Talk to them about looking after their liver!
Here are some easy recipes for a happier healthier liver! www.loveyourliver.com.au/entrees-and-light-meals

Tip 7: [World Hepatitis Day] It’s #timeforaction! Know if you were exposed to hep C; get tested; have a liver check; ask about treatment.

Find out more
Love your liver - for information on World Hepatitis Day, liver health checks, liver-friendly recipes - www.loveyourliver.com.au

ONLINE RESOURCES

Several national resources were developed by Hepatitis Australia to support the campaign:

State/territory hepatitis organisations also ran local activities.

MORE INFORMATION

World Hepatitis Day section on the Love Your Liver web site

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