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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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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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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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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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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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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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AASLD Webinar Series

27 April 2020

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

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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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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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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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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 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.

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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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

Education program

2019 Conference presentations

06 December 2019

Speaker presentations from the 2019 Coffs Harbour AHA Biennial Conference now available for members only

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Past scholarship recipients Sue Mason and Sinead Sheils publication - Congratulations!

06 December 2019

The AHA supports research relevant to hepatology and the efforts of AHA members to undertake research. AHA members are eligible for research scholarships which can be used to support members in their research work.

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ASHM Online learning modules

06 December 2019

ASHM has announced the launch of free online learning modules for community practitioners.

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26th National Hepatitis Symposium

06 December 2019

Held 23rd November Australian Catholic University - Melbourne. Report back from Sally Watkinson, AHA Secretary

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EC Australia Annual Update - Melbourne November 27, 2019

06 December 2019

Sally Watkinson AHA Secretary attended. Overview and achievements in 2018-2019

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Hepatitis research Review Issue 57 2019

29 November 2019

Issue 57 of Hepatitis Research Review is now available.

AHA NP Special Interest Group

08 November 2019

A recent AHA initiative has been to launch a Nurse Practitioner Special Interest Group (SIG) for AHA members. Anyone who is a AHA member AND who is a NP or is currently enrolled in NP studies or on the NP pathway can join this group, which is hosted via the AHA website portal. The SIG was established at the request of the NPs who wished to have a closer professional network to allow for easier sharing of information, general communication about specific NP matters, collaboration around project work including research projects, mentoring and other professional development issues that are unique to NPs. The numbers of current and future NPs who are working with hepatology patients is growing. We know that there are sexual health, mental health, primary care, drug health and possibly other NPs who are delivering care and treatment to people with hepatitis C and advanced liver disease. In time, this SIG is expected to provide opportunity to strengthen AHA links with both individual NPs who do not identify as Hepatology nurses and also their professional organisations.

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New AHA Board members

07 November 2019

Welcome to 3 new AHA Board members and Congratulations to Sinead Sheils on being voted for a second term on the AHA Board

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AHA Biennial Conference Wrap Up

31 October 2019

We Rose to the Challenge!  The 2019 AHA conference, held in beautiful Coffs Harbour, brought together hepatology nurses and allied health from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It was wonderful to see so many delegates and sponsors coming together for what was a varied and interesting program, along with 2 functions that were very well attended.

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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.

First national hepatitis C report shows many Australians have been cured, but many more are missing out

09 September 2019

The first national report on progress towards the elimination of hepatitis C virus in Australia highlights the great strides Australia has made towards hepatitis C elimination over the past two to three years, with over 70,000 Australians having accessed curative therapies known as direct acting antivirals (DAAs) by the end of 2018.

ASHM Industry Alert

04 September 2019

FDA warns on rare instances of serious liver injury with hepatitis C regimens containing protease inhibitors in some patients with advanced liver disease

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UNSW SpeakEasy Podcast

03 September 2019

Season 4 of Carla Treloar's podcast series includes a special episode on World Hepatitis Day, highlights from the Australasian Viral Hepatitis Elimination Conference, and highlights from Porto's Harm Reduction Conference.

Special Interest Group Opportunity

23 August 2019

In recognition of the growing number of Nurse Practitioner (NP) members, the AHA has formed a Nurse Practitioner Special Interest Group (SIG). The purpose of this SIG is to help support and strengthen communication and collaboration opportunities for current and upcoming NPs, who are AHA members, about NP related issues in this field.

Hepatology Nurse Susan Mason is retiring

13 August 2019

Word is out that Hepatology Clinical Nurse Consultant Sue Mason, is retiring after 30 years working at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. On behalf of the AHA Board and members, we would like to acknowledge the enormous contribution that Sue has made to the development and progression of Hepatology nursing and to the AHA as an organisation.

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Viral Hepatitis Nurse-led Models of Care Forum

04 August 2019

This one-day forum, held on Sunday 4 August, was organised for nurses from diverse settings to come together, share knowledge and discover new ways of working towards elimination of viral hepatitis.

Consensus Based Guidelines

15 May 2019

The AHA is proud to release a new edition of the Consensus Based Guidelines for the Nursing Care of People with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Advanced Liver Disease and Hepatocellular Carcinoma (2019). The document has been significantly revised and refreshed to reflect best practice. The AHA Board wishes to acknowledge the hard work of our working groups, comprised of AHA members, and external expert reviewers and endorsing organisations. We encourage you to use the Guidelines in your practice and refer them to your nursing colleagues as contemporary examples of the nurses’ role in caring for people with liver disease. You can access the guidelines on the AHA website under Resources.

Advanced Liver Disease Course Working Group

01 March 2019

Congratulations to the Advanced Liver Disease Course Working Group for a successful re-launch of updated material which includes an Advanced Liver Disease Webinar as pre-reading. A big thank you to the Working Group (Jane Bradshaw, Melinda Caspersz, Megan Collins, Matthew Maddison, Susan Mason and Sally Watkinson) with extra special thanks to Working Group members Sinead Shiels and Rachel Wundke. We encourage you to spread the word about the course to anyone who may benefit by enrolling in one of our upcoming courses.

AHA President Christmas Report

21 December 2018

I would like to extend my appreciation and congratulations to AHA board members and AHA members on your contributions and achievements extended to the AHA. This year has been extraordinary year of activity and events in which AHA members have demonstrated increased participation and collective engagement. Our notable achievements include:

Life Membership Awards

01 August 2018

Congratulations to Deb D’Arcy and Tracey Jones for being awarded the inaugural AHA life membership awards. Deb and Tracey are two longstanding members who have contributed enormously to the AHA organisation since its beginnings.