WA Hepatitis B Strategy – prevention and education

Increase knowledge and awareness of hepatitis B

Knowledge and awareness of hepatitis B will be addressed through:

  • increasing awareness of hepatitis B among priority populations and the wider community
  • continuing to support education and support services for the hepatitis B affected community
  • making hepatitis B information and resources available in languages other than English.

Promote safer sexual and safer injecting practices

Safer sexual and safer injecting practices will be promoted in line with the WA STI Strategy 2015–2018 and WA Hepatitis C Strategy 2015–2018.

This will be achieved by:

  • increasing the use, access to, and acceptability of, condoms in priority populations
  • increasing promotion of safer sex behaviours and regular testing
  • building STI-related knowledge and skills in priority populations
  • increasing availability, access to, and use of, sterile injecting equipment among people who inject drugs.

Increase uptake of vaccination

The uptake of the hepatitis B vaccination will be increased by:

  • achieving and maintaining vaccination rates of 95% or above in children
  • increasing access to the hepatitis B vaccination among priority populations.

Care for pregnant women

Maintain monitoring and provision of appropriate care of pregnant women with chronic hepatitis B, and children born to these mothers, by continuing to:

  • monitor, and provide appropriate care and management to, pregnant women with chronic hepatitis B
  • provide appropriate care to children born to mothers with chronic hepatitis B to prevent vertical transmission.
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