Who we are

Who we are

Established in 2002, the Australasian Hepatology Association (AHA) is the peak professional body supporting and educating hepatology nurses and allied health professionals across Australia and New Zealand.

Since its inception, the AHA has become the voice of hepatology nurses and continues to build its capacity to provide ongoing professional development, educational resources, support and networking opportunities for nurses and allied health professionals.

The coming years will see major changes for our industry and an evolving role for nurses.  The imminent availability of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) that are less toxic and more effective will change dramatically how Hepatitis C is treated.

In addition, the increasing burden of liver disease in Australia and New Zealand will result in a growing transition of hepatitis nurses looking after patients with other forms of chronic liver disease including, but not limited to, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), other forms of viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and the care of patients with advanced liver fibrosis/cirrhosis.

In line with these changes, the AHA the will become more relevant than ever as a major force and powerful voice in determining innovative nurse-led care models, and in providing practical education, resources and support to our members.

Our Vision

Quality care for all people affected by liver disease

Our Mission

  • To deliver evidence-based person-centred care.

  • To provide clinical leadership that adapts to change and fosters the growth of our dynamic organisation and workforce.

  • To collaborate and develop mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders.

  • To strategically position the AHA as a peak body of expertise and knowledge.

  • Build the capacity and profile of the AHA.

  • To deliver evidence-based person-centred care through:  

    • Education

    • Research

    • Scholarships

    • Grants

    • Networking

    • Conference/Summit

    • Models of Care

    • Practice Standards

    • Guidelines o Protocols

    • Clinical Practice Improvement

    • Mentoring

    • Advocacy

    • E-news

  • To provide clinical leadership that adapts to change and fosters the growth of our dynamic organisation and workforce through:

    • Education

    • Mentoring

    • Conference

    • Business cases

    • Board education and succession planning

    • Website

    • E-news

    • Webinars

  • To collaborate and develop mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders through:

    • MOUs

    • Conferences

    • Sharing material

    • Membership categories 

  • To strategically position the AHA as a peak body of expertise and knowledge.

    • Supporting education and research

    • Developing and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders

    • Having an opinion and disseminating key issues regarding liver disease

    • Being responsive

    • E-news/website

    • Providing clear channels of communication

    • Transparency

  • Build the capacity and profile of the AHA.

    • Membership drives

    • Communication

    • E-news

    • Presence at conferences

    • AHA slide in presentations given on behalf of AHA

    • Merchandise/branding

    • Increasing brand recognition

    • AHA Endorsement

    • Expansion of membership categories.

    • Promotion of the work of the AHA

Strategic Plan

Download the AHA 2016 - 2019 Strategic Plan here.