There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, and education and prevention is essential to reduce the number of new infections.
For people who are infected, early testing, diagnosis and treatment are also very important in improving their health outcomes.
This initiative will also provide information on testing, diagnosis and treatment to the nearly 200,000 people living with chronic hepatitis C infection. The disease is now the most common reason for liver transplants in Australia.
The Government has committed $17.0 million over four years to continue the Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Initiative.