I acknowledge the recent release of the Hepatitis NSW Strategic Plan 2020-24, which among other things, supports the commitment from the NSW Government and governments around the world to eliminate Hepatitis B and C by 2028.
Hepatitis NSW is a state-wide, not-for-profit charity founded in 1991, just 2 years after the discovery of Hepatitis C in 1989. With the eradication of Hepatitis B and C hopefully just around the corner, the work of Hepatitis NSW has never been more important.
For the last three decades, Hepatitis NSW has advocated for harm minimisation measures, fought to end stigma and discrimination associated with the illness, and campaigned to improve access to healthcare services for those living with viral Hepatitis.
The Stategic Plan details a number of goals, including increasing awareness of hepatitis, increasing the capacity of health services, empowering people with hepatitis and continuing to develop the important work of Hepatitis NSW.
I congratulate Hepatitis NSW and all those involved in developing the Strategic Plan and also thank to the many local health workers in my electorate who support and care for those living with Hepatitis in my local community.