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Inquiry Details

Hepatitis C In New South Wales

This inquiry was self-referred on 1 May 1997.

In May 1997 the Minister for Health, the Hon Dr Andrew Refshauge, asked the Standing Committee on Social Issues to inquire into, and report on, the incidence and impact of Hepatitis C (HCV) in New South Wales. The Terms of Reference sent to the Committee specifically asked it to examine: the social and economic impact of Hepatitis C in NSW and the implications for future policy and funding of health and community services; the extent of the disease and its aetiology and epidemiology; the adequacy of policies, and diagnostic and treatment services with particular attention to strategies for prevention, given current health budget constraints; the groups and individuals in the community at increased risk of infection; the extent of the infection in specific population groups at risk, and the adequacy of education/prevention and care and treatment services available to them; and the risks involved for health care workers and the adequacy of policies and procedures on occupational health and safety.