Home / News / New cure within reach for Territorians with hepatitis C

Created date


New cure within reach for Territorians with hepatitis C

The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council Inc. (NTAHC) today welcomed a recommendation to subsidise a new form of antiviral medicine on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (genotype X). 
In welcoming the news, Executive Director of NTAHC, Kim Gates said: “This is a great step forward in for hepatitis C treatment in Australia”.
“We are hopeful that the recommendation will be accepted by the Federal Government and that a PBS listing date will be announced shortly. There are many people in the Northern Territory who are anxiously waiting on access to new and improved therapy,” she said.
More than 230,000 Australians are currently living with hepatitis C, yet only one per cent of these people receive treatment each year. More than 600 Australian lives are lost annually to hepatitis C-related liver disease.
“Many countries overseas already cover the cost of new generation hepatitis C therapies and it is promising to see Australia catching up,” Ms Gates said.
“It’s important that this recommendation is acted upon and that bureaucratic red tape does not stand between people with hepatitis C and this important therapy.”
These new forms of antiviral medicine provide a higher cure-rate, shorter duration of treatment and are better tolerated than traditional therapies.
NTAHC will continue to advocate for affordable access to interferon-free therapies for people living with all genotypes of hepatitis C.
Media Contact: Kim Gates, Executive Director – NTAHC on 0488 663 441


Latest News

02 April

Hello everyone,


Over the past week NTAHC has been trialling working remotely while continuing to offer essential services such as NSP, SWOP outreach and Care and Support.

23 March


In order to maintain services and ensure we meet the needs of our communities NTAHC is looking at innovative ways of working during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.


17 December

December 17th 2019, Statement from SWOP NT and SWRG
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers!
Northern Territory sex workers and our organisations, the... READ MORE