WA Hepatitis B Strategy – testing and diagnosis

Increase access to testing

Increase access to testing for people at risk of hepatitis B by:

  • increasing routine and opportunistic testing as part of health checks, particularly among:
    • people from countries with a high prevalence of hepatitis B
    • gay men and other men who have sex with men
    • people who inject drugs
    • Aboriginal people
    • those in custodial settings
  • increasing awareness among healthcare workers and the affected community of the need to test those at risk of hepatitis B
  • increasing testing options available, for example through community-based and outreach services
  • increasing awareness of the National Hepatitis B Testing Policy (external site) and the need to test migrants from high prevalence countries
  • employing evidence based, culturally sensitive, approaches that promote testing among people from high prevalence countries. 

Improve access to support services

Referral and access to appropriate support services will also be improved at the point of diagnosis, to initiate a pathway to care for people with, or at risk of, hepatitis B. Key opportunities will be through:

  • promoting engagement with community education and support services for people with, or at risk of, hepatitis B
  • increasing awareness among health professionals and patients of referral options following testing.
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