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2021 AHA Working Groups - Invitation for AHA members to participate

17 December 2020

The AHA Board is committed to providing increased opportunity for members to be involved in organisational activities and projects. To achieve this, three new Working Groups have been established for professional activity during 2021, providing a variety of opportunity for member involvement * Strategic Plan Update 2021 Working Group * AHA Communications 2021 Working Group * AHA Conference 2021 Working Group

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Therapeutic Guidelines Limited has released Liver Disorders as part of the eTG series.

16 December 2020

Previously part of the Gastrointestinal guideline, Liver Disorders sees new and extensively updated content and is tailored to the current online only format. Development of this guideline involved the participation of several GESA members and links extensively to Australian consensus statements as well as patient information. Liver Disorders will be updated every 3-4 months with major practice changes and links to upcoming Australian consensus statements as they are released. The Gastrointestinal guideline is currently under revision.

AHA eNews - December issue

10 December 2020

The December issue of eNews has been emailed to AHA members. A bumper edition as we introduce new Board member Anne Craigie - using the AHA Practice Standards - the latest news on HCC treatment - Refugee Nurses Australia online forums and advocacy - call for abstracts for the 12th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference -- and more!

Tracey Jones has been awarded the designation of Associate Fellow AASLD

18 August 2020

AHA Life Member & Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (Network) Hepatology Nurse Practitioner, Tracey Jones, has become the first Australian nurse to be awarded the Associate Fellow - American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases designation. The award recognises clinical excellence and significant contribution to the field of liver disease.

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World Hepatitis Days - 28 July 2020

03 August 2020

Worldwide, 290 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action and raise awareness to find the 'missing millions'.

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Why is my AHA membership important?

24 July 2020

Read the July 2020 update on the numerous projects and activities at AHA

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COVID-19 and hep B FAQ

28 May 2020

Everything you might want to know about COVID-19, hep B, and more

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President's Update

04 May 2020

Wherever you are, we want you to know that once the COVID storm clears the AHA is waiting, ready to welcome you back. As many have stated previously we are currently finding ourselves in unprecedented, difficult times. Many, if not all, of us have been dealing with often daily changing professional and personal challenges.

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Change of roles during COVID-19 crisis

04 May 2020

Many of our hepatology nurses have had a change to their roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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AHA Working Group Updates

04 May 2020

Future meetings of our working groups will trial GoTo Meeting video conferencing.  Please ensure you have downloaded the app beforehand to ensure a seamless connnection.  Look out for further updates via your group portal.

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AHA Member Representation

04 May 2020

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12th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference - Postponed to first half of 2021

04 May 2020

ASHM appreciate the additional strain being felt by the healthcare sector at all levels and, given the ongoing developments, ASHM made the decision to postpone the 12th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference that was scheduled for 16-18 August 2020 in Brisbane.

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Updates in the World of Hepatology

04 May 2020

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What Diet Should I Recommend My Patient with Hepatic Encephalopathy?

28 April 2020

The burden of malnutrition is high in patients with cirrhosis, especially in those with hepatic encephalopathy (HE). This has a bearing on increased morbidity and mortality. Heightened attention needs to be paid to screen the patients at high nutritional risk both in the outpatient and hospitalized settings. This review summarizes the current evidence for nutritional support in HE patients and compares the recommendations about nutritional requirement as laid out by various organizations.

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AASLD Webinar Series

27 April 2020

Clinical Insights: COVID-19 and the Liver, produced April 16, 2020

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Kirby Institute Seminar Series - COVID-19 pandemic update: transmission, herd immunity and is an exit strategy possible?

27 April 2020

Presented by Professor Raina MacIntyre, Head, Biosecurity Program, Kirby Institute & NHMRC Principal Research Fellow

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Factsheet: Your rights and responsibilities

27 April 2020

This brief factsheet provides an overview of peoples' rights and responsibilities when living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C.

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Hepatitis Australia: Information to help people with hepatitis C look after themselves and protect their liver

24 April 2020

People’s lives have changed dramatically in recent weeks, however it is important not to ignore your general health, particularly if you have a chronic health condition. For people living with hepatitis C, getting treatment, regular checks and looking after your liver is important.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Will Have a Long-lasting Impact on the Quality of Cirrhosis Care; Journal of Hepatology (2020)

23 April 2020

The 2020 COVID pandemic shattered the meticulously developed processes by which we delivered quality care for persons with cirrhosis. Care has been transformed by the crisis but enduring lessons have been learned. In this article, we review how COVID will impact cirrhosis care. 

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Hepatitis Queensland: Eliminating hepatitis C

22 April 2020

Presented by Dr Alison Stewart.

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AASLD: Clinical Insights for Hepatology & Liver Transplant Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

14 April 2020

The goals of this document are to provide data on what is known about COVID-19, and how it may impact hepatologists and liver transplant providers and their patients. Our aim is to provide a basic template for the development of clinical recommendations and policies to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on liver patients and healthcare providers.

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Highly specialised drugs program

03 April 2020

A bright moment to share. AHA is pleased to report legislative changes passed from 1 April 2020

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AHA Social Media

03 April 2020

The AHA board and social media contributors will try and share relevant information on the following platforms. Click on the icons in the top right hand corner of this website. Please follow us and feel free to share posts.

Advanced Liver Disease Course

03 April 2020

The AHA is postponing the upcoming Introduction to the Nursing Care and Management of Patients with Advanced Liver Disease courses that were booked for Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin during April and May 2020. New dates will be arranged, course registrants will be notified and updates provided via the website and eNews.

AHA Board Activity

03 April 2020

Due to the unprecedented circumstances and potential impact on our board members we have complied with government restrictions and cancelled all up-coming face to face meetings and courses.

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AHA Board wishes to acknowledge the professional and personal difficulties that members may be experiencing through the COVID-19 pandemic.

03 April 2020

During difficult times, nursing resilience is commonly seen and certainly this is the case at present.

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ALD Courses Postponed

17 March 2020

Given the ongoing developments with COVID-19 and Australian Government Dept of Health recommendations to avoid meetings of critical workforces, the AHA is postponing the upcoming Introduction to the Nursing Care and Management of Patients with Advanced Liver Disease courses that were booked for Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin during April and May 2020

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Consultation - National Nursing and Midwifery DH Capabilities Framework

12 March 2020

Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) would like to invite AHA and particularly those with an interest in digital health / and nursing and midwifery circles you may know to participate in our consultation sessions for the Digital Health Capabilities Framework for Nurses and Midwives.

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NSW Health Accreditation of Community Prescribers - S100 Highly Specialised Drus for HIV & Hepatitis B

17 February 2020

NSW Health Accreditation of Community Prescribers - S100 Highly Specialised Drus for HIV & Hepatitis B

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ALD Course announced for Melbourne

05 February 2020

Registration now open! To be held on 1 May, the Introduction to the Nursing Care and Management of Patients with Advanced Liver Disease course has been designed specifically for Registered Nurses who come into contact with patients who have advanced liver disease.

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Latest research articles & abstracts

04 February 2020

Aboriginal people with chronic HCV: The role of community health nurses for improving health-related quality of life

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Message of support during Australia's bushfire crisis

03 February 2020

In acknowledgement of the unprecedented bush fires experienced across Australia, and to our members, their families, friends and colleagues who have been impacted by these fires, the AHA Board wishes to extend our heartfelt sympathy and support at this very difficult time.

EOI to participate in 2020 Viral Hepatitis Nurse-led Models of Care Forum committee

23 January 2020

This is an opportunity to be part of this committee, representing the AHA.

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NSW Specialist Nursing Practice of Advanced Liver Disease

13 January 2020

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AVHEC2019 Key Findings Report

08 October 2019

The Key Findings Report from the 2019 Australian Viral Hepatitis Elimination Conference, held 5-6 August 2019 is now available. The Australian Viral Hepatitis Elimination Conference was inspired by the growing need to identify and reach those slipping through the gaps in treatment and care. The program showcased clinicians, community, researchers and policymakers and centred both the challenges of reaching World Health Organization targets for elimination, and innovative, holistic, and community-led solutions. AVHEC19 reiterated the importance of both clinical and lived experience to find a way forward in meeting the remaining challenges on the road to eliminating chronic hepatitis in Australia, and the region.