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Hep B 1, 2, 3 Teach, Test, Take Control Hep B Community Mobilisation - Meg Perrier
Hep B 1, 2, 3 is a pilot project that aims to increase the awareness and understanding of hepatitis B and encourage testing and vaccination in culturally and linguistically diverse communities undertaking Australian Migrant English Program (AMEP) studies.
In Australia, approximately 239,000 people are living with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Of this population affected, approximately one third of people are unaware they are infected with CHB. More alarming is that approximately 40-45% of this group were born overseas in hepatitis B endemic regions.
The project consists of three primary activities: a community education and awareness program, an outreach assessment and testing clinic, and an outreach results and vaccination/referral clinic. Through theses three activities, the project hopes to address barriers confronted by culturally and linguistically diverse communities in regards to accessing primary health care, bolstering health literacy levels and increasing hepatitis B awareness through a multi-pronged effect.