In order for doctors to prescribe oral HCV treatment under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), patients must be treated by a medical practitioner experienced in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection; or in consultation with a gastroenterologist, hepatologist or infectious diseases physician experienced in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection (PBS, 1 November 2016). 

The hepatology unit at Royal North Shore Hospital provides remote hepatology consultation to support GPs and other medical practitioners in prescribing HCV treatment to their patients in the community without the patient having to be seen in the liver clinic.

Patients suitable for HCV treatment in the community may include:

  • Non-cirrhotic patients
  • Patients who are treatment naïve
  • HBV and HIV negative patients
  • Patients without complex drug-drug interactions between their usual medications and proposed HCV treatment

Download a request form for a Remote Hepatology Consultation for HCV Treatment here


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