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Treatment of hepatitis C with direct acting antivirals: change to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

From November 1, a medical practitioner experienced in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection is no longer required to consult with a gastroenterologist, hepatologist or infectious diseases physician when prescribing direct acting antivirals. Current PBS criteria to determine patient eligibility still stands. Medical practitioners without experience in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection are still required to consult with either a gastroenterologist, hepatologist or infectious diseases physician.

For more information please read the ASHM statement or contact Julie Brock or Rachael Ball on 9347 1188.

Globally, viral hepatitis is responsible for 80% of liver cancers. The majority of primary liver cancers are from untreated chronic hepatitis B or C infection. Find out more www.cancervic.org.au/for-health-professionals/community-health-professionals/hepatitis-b-and-liver-cancer

Multilingual Appointment Card

Multilingual appointment card

For use by all health professionals and settings, the multilingual appointment card has been developed by Cancer Council Victoria to help culturally and linguistically diverse Australians more easily access healthcare appointments.

Simply fill in your client/patient’s and provider’s details, select your preferred language, submit and print. Patients can use the card to locate and remember their next appointment more easily.

Multilingual appointment card example
Parking costs add to partien burden – new study

New report finds parking adds to patient burden

Parking at Victorian Cancer treatment centres has been identified as a significant issue for cancer patients due to the number and frequency of appointments required for most treatment pathways. Cancer Council Victoria undertook a study of parking at Victorian cancer treatment centres between March and May 2015, and we’re interested in your thoughts on our recommendations.

The aim of the study was to determine:

• the nature and extent of parking provisions at, or near, cancer treatment centres in Victoria

• the cost of parking at or near cancer treatment centres in Victoria

• the availability of subsidies or reimbursements for people with cancer, and

• the information provided about car parking – what is provided, when and by who.

The report found that a patient with breast cancer undergoing uncomplicated treatment is estimated to spend $1100 annually in parking fees. Another key finding was that just one in five treatment centres provided information on local parking prior to commencing treatment.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said addressing parking issues will benefit patients, their families and medical professionals. “Undergoing cancer treatment is tough enough for many, without the added financial burden of having to pay for parking. If more treatment centres were able to provide information in advance, that means more time spent getting better as well as freeing up doctors, nurses and social workers to do the most important part of their jobs.”

Via the button below, you can read the the full report, as well as the executive summary, recommendations and the impact of parking issues on your patients.