The epidemiology of hepatitis C in Australia: notifications, treatment uptake and liver transplantations, 1997-2006.
Heather F Gidding, Libby Topp, Melanie Middleton, Kate Robinson, Margaret Hellard, Geoffrey McCaughan, Lisa Maher, John M Kaldor, Gregory J Dore, Matthew G Law
Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology | Published : 2009
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Regular monitoring of hepatitis C (HCV)-related surveillance data is essential to inform and evaluate strategies to reduce the expanding HCV burden. The aim of this study was to examine trends in the epidemiology and treatment of HCV in Australia. METHODS: We reviewed data about HCV notifications, treatment of HCV infection through the Highly Specialised Drugs (s100) Program, and liver transplants (Australia and New Zealand Liver Transplant Registry) for the period 1997-2006. RESULTS: HCV case notification rates declined by almost 50% between 1999 and 2006, with the greatest reductions between 2001 and 2002 and amongst young adults. For newly acquired HCV cases, 89% were ..View full abstract