Goals and Targets
The goals of this strategy are to:
- reduce hepatitis B infections in NSW; and
- improve the health outcomes of people living with hepatitis B in NSW.
To achieve our goals, our program targets are to:
- achieve hepatitis B childhood vaccination coverage of 95%;
- ensure all pregnant women are screened for hepatitis B;
- ensure all babies born to hepatitis B positive mothers receive hepatitis B immunoglobulin within 12 hours of birth;
- reduce sharing of injecting equipment among people who inject drugs by 25%; and
- increase the number of people living with hepatitis B receiving antiviral treatment (when clinically indicated) by 300%.
We will do this through actions that:
- build on established hepatitis B prevention efforts;
- increase hepatitis B testing and diagnosis; and
- improve monitoring, care, and treatment.
This strategy focuses our efforts on working with those groups of people that are most at risk or most affected by hepatitis B. These ‘priority populations’ are:
- people living with hepatitis B;
- mothers who are living with hepatitis B and their babies;
- people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds – particularly those born in countries with moderate to high rates of chronic hepatitis B infection;
- Aboriginal people; and
- people who inject drugs and other groups at increased risk of hepatitis B infection, particularly:
- household and sexual contacts of people living with hepatitis B;
- gay men and men who have sex with men;
- sex workers; and
- people in or recently in custodial settings.
For further information:
NSW Hepatitis B Factsheet