As rates of the disease decrease among Australians overall, Hepatitis C
is three times higher and rising in Indigenous populations.
Mainstream medical services are failing Aboriginal communities, where
the rate of Hepatitis C is rising, a peak Aboriginal health body has
told a federal Senate inquiry.
A public hearing in Sydney on Thursday heard submissions from
stakeholders, including the National Aboriginal Community Controlled
Health Organisation (Naccho), which called for improved access and
funding of medical services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
As rates of the disease decrease among Australians overall, Hepatitis
C is three times higher and rising in Indigenous populations, according
to a 2013 study by the Kirby Institute. The worsening problem is mainly
due to higher rates of unsafe drug injecting and possibly higher rates
of incarceration, where the prevalence of intravenous drug use is much
higher among Indigenous prisoners, according to multiple studies.
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