Greg Dore

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Australian funding of new hepatitis C treatments has provided the therapeutic tools to eliminate the disease as a public health issue within a decade, writes Greg Dore. 

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Australia is on track to eliminate hepatitis C if record numbers of people living with the virus continue to seek and receive breakthrough antiviral treatment, according to a new analysis.

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The Kirby Institute at UNSW has welcomed a $1.4 million gift from the late Dr Lynn Joseph that will help transform the lives of Australians living with hepatitis C.

Patients attending selected drug and alcohol clinics will be offered liver screening and counselling as part of a program to help prevent more than 1,000 deaths each year from liver disease.

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UNSW has been awarded the largest Australian grant in its history, receiving $17.7 million in funding to advance understanding of HIV and hepatitis C.