#JustB-Hepatitis awareness forum

Registrations are now open for #JustB-Hepatitis awareness forum for the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse community on Thursday 22nd November from 9.00am till 2.00pm at the Nan Tien Institute

This forum aims to engage the workforce that works with Culturally & Linguistically Diverse(CALD) communities to understand hepatitis B as a virus, by identifying its implications on health and wellbeing. Participants will  have the opportunity to learn more about hepatitis B infection, transmission, testing and treatment.

Speakers will include:

  • Lived experience of a person living with Hepatitis B
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra Inc. (MCCI)
  • HIV & Related Programs Unit (HARP)

The forum will provide participants with tools to work within their capacity to raise awareness about Hepatitis B with the community.

At the conclusion of the agenda at 12.30pm, participants will walk across the new link bridge to the Nan Tien Temple to enjoy a catered for vegetarian buffet lunch and networking opportunity.

Tickets are free. Click here to register.

Please note you will be billed if you are a no show on the day.

Viral hepatitis B is a significant public health issue in Australia. An estimated 77,000 people in NSW are living with chronic hepatitis B infection. It is estimated that 60 per cent of these people were born overseas. From 2001 to 2015, there were 701 hepatitis B notifications in the Illawarra Shoalhaven area. People living with chronic hepatitis B, often don’t experience any symptoms. However, it is estimated that without appropriate management and treatment, up to a quarter of people living with chronic hepatitis B infection will suffer premature death attributable to their condition. The best way to protect yourself from hepatitis B is to get vaccinated.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s