To reduce hepatitis B infections in NSW and improve the health outcomes of people living with hepatitis B in NSW, the NSW Hepatitis B Strategy 2014-2020 outlines five targets to be achieved by 2020:
- 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%.
To achieve these targets the Hepatitis B Strategy identifies these key actions:
- building on established hepatitis B prevention efforts
- increasing hepatitis B testing and diagnosis
- improving monitoring, care and treatment for people living with hepatitis B.