Section: Dr Chris Bourke, MLA | Media Releases
ACT Hepatitis Resource Centre and Liver Health Program Launch
ACT Minister Dr Chris Bourke, MLA today opened the ACT Hepatitis Resource Centre’s (ACTHRC) new premises in Turner and launched the "Easy Being Green" liver health program.
"These new premises today offer a comprehensive range of hepatitis C information, education, training, advocacy, treatment, support and referral services, aimed at reducing transmission and the burden of disease," Dr Bourke said.
"In Australia, an estimated 221,000 people have chronic or long-term hepatitis C, and 170,000 people are living with chronic hepatitis B; but in 2010 only 3,760 people accessed treatment for hepatitis C, representing less than 2% of all people with chronic hepatitis C.
"Unless the number of people being treated increases substantially, the number of people with chronic hepatitis C and more advanced liver disease or cirrhosis, is projected to increase by 38% by 2015. This is why the ACT Government continues to fund the ACTHRC to help reduce hepatitis transmission and the impacts for those affected.
Dr Bourke also spoke about the ACT Hepatitis Resource Centre’s ‘Easy Being Green’ liver health program, which aims to improve the diet of people with viral hepatitis who are at risk of long-term liver disease.
"A healthy diet can provide relief from some of the symptoms related to hepatitis C infection and treatment such as nausea.
"It can also provide the nutrients necessary to help regenerate new liver cells, more energy to perform daily activities, a boost your immune system, help to maintain a healthy weight, and a reduction in the risk of many chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and some cancers," Dr Bourke said.
For more information about hepatitis or the ‘Easy Being Green’ liver health program, the ACT Hepatitis Resource Centre can be contacted on 1300 301 383, at www.hepatitisresourcecentre.com.au or at 36 David Street, Turner.
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