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Program to assist migrant and refugee patients with viral hepatitis

13/04/2018

The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) is currently conducting a program to assist GPs in the management and treatment of patients from the migrant and refugee population with viral hepatitis.

This program has been made possible through funding received from Queensland Health. ECCQ provides a FibroScan service for these patients to assist GPs in their clinical decision making, at no cost to the patient or the clinic.

This service can be provided within the GP practice and we also accept individual referrals for FibroScan. The FibroScan is performed by a nurse with extensive experience in FibroScan and the care of patients with liver disease. 

Our program has many resources to assist both the clients and GPs, including: bi-lingual community health workers who assist people and promote health literacy in their home language including: 
 
Vietnamese Acholi        Kinyarwanda
Mandarin Dinka Kirundi
Burmese  Arabic Swahili
                               
Written information for the CALD community for example:
  • The B Healthy booklet (endorsed by GESA) available in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic.
  • A Hepatitis C Factsheet available in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic.
ECCQ undertakes hepatitis education and support for individual clients and their families through face-to-face meetings, phone, email or ethnic social media. ECCQ also provides general community education, information and health promotion through the CALD Prevention, Testing and Awareness Project.
 
If you would like to find out more about how we can assist your practice or community please contact Marrianne Black Community Treatment and Management Co-ordinator for Viral Hepatitis at ECCQ on 07 3255 1540 Ext 214, or email marrianneb@eccq.com.au 

Please see our website for referral templates or to download any of our resources 
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