Health Professionals Resources : Hepatitis B and Immigration (ASHM)
Hepatitis B and Immigration: How clinicians can best support patients with chronic hepatitis B applying for permanent residency in Australia
ASHM has published a resource for clinicians with patients who have chronic hepatitis B that are in the process of applying for a permanent visa.
"Up until relatively recently, chronic hepatitis B didn’t appear to be an issue for people seeking permanent residency in Australia,” said Associate Professor Benjamin Cowie, co-author of Hepatitis B and Immigration, and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.
“However, particularly in the last four years, increasing numbers of people living with hepatitis B have found that they have been denied permanent residency in Australia, on the basis particularly of the projected cost of their hepatitis B care. Many doctors are coming forward asking for support in how to do best for their patient.”
“It is therefore imperative that doctors seeing patients with CHB provide a medical report with comprehensive information to support their case for permanent residency in their interactions with a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth.”
This resource can be used by clinicians to support patients/visa applicants undergoing the process of meeting the health criteria set by the Department of Home Affairs. The provision of a ‘positive’ medical report in a migration case provided prior to the appointment with a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth can contribute to a favourable outcome for the applicant.
The resource further outlines the range of discretionary issues to be aware of, such as cost mitigation or compassionate and compelling reasons which can contribute to whether or not a health waiver will be granted.
Access and download the Resource
For more information about hepatitis B management
ASHM supports its members and sector partners to generate knowledge and action in clinical management, research, education, policy and advocacy for hepatitis B. As a peak organisation, we:
- Develop the national hepatitis B testing policy
- Create specialised resources for the hepatitis B workforce, such as clinical texts and booklets, websites, decision-making tools, patient fact sheets, and more
- Provide ongoing clinical training and education, including courses and conferences
- Run a comprehensive prescriber program of training, support and accreditation for primary care providers who manage hepatitis B
Find out more at ashm.org.au/HBV