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Activity description

150698 - Hepatitis B and C Updates for Filipino General Practitioners

University of Sydney (Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre)

To build capacity and confidence of Filipino GPs to screen, diagnose and manage patients with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in their respective practices.

Relevance to General Practice

Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) has a significant public health impact among Filipino community because it is a common cause of end stage liver disease (Ong et al. 2009), the latter being the fourth leading cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the country (Philippines Cancer Facts and estimates, 2016; Lucas, Pangan, Patal, Ong, 2009). People born in the Asia and Pacific regions have 38% burden of CHB in Australia. Philippines being the 3rd top countries of birth for chronic hepatitis B in Australia and had around 6,000 people living with CHB in 2011 after China (26,000) and Vietnam (16,000) respectively. (National Report 2016, ASHM)
This information, highlights the need to focus energy and resources toward tailored professional development training of the medical practitioners from this community. This will help meet the identified needs of the community based on population mix and risk profile.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify priority populations for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C testing
  2. Interpret test results and diagnose Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C appropriately.
  3. Explain the importance of early diagnosis, follow up and appropriate management in order to improve patient outcomes
  4. Assess for liver fibrosis and other co-morbidities; and explain which patients can be managed in primary care and those requiring specialist referral
  5. Identify treatment options and understand the need for lifelong monitoring for people living with chronic Hepatitis B; Initiate treatment, monitor and follow-up

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Rational prescribing and medication monitoring is undertaken

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Professional knowledge and skills are effectively shared with others

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Effective triaging and time management structures are in place to allow timely provision of care

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Refugee and asylum seeker health

Partnering organisations

1. Storr Liver Centre Westmead Hospital is providing speaker support and one of the nurses speak the same language as of the target group. 2. Philippines Australian Medical Association, a non-profit is helping to promote the workshop within PAMA.

Activity sponsor

Abbvie is sponsoring the venue and catering for the participants. Abbvie have had no input into the content, tone or emphasis.

Session summary


Saturday 23 March 2019
6:30pm - 9:00pm


Skye Hotel Suites, 30 Hunter Street Parramatta


Face to face




By invitation only

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Anju Devkota
T: 02 9843 3170