Monday, January 13, 2014

Australia: Indigenous hepatitis B program cash uncertainty

The chief executive of Hepatitis Australia says Commonwealth money meant to help Indigenous people deal with hepatitis B has yet to be distributed.

Helen Tyrell says that, in August last year, then-health minister Tanya Plibersek assigned $5.8 million of new funding for the cause.

She says the money was for improved testing, diagnosis and uptake of treatment among Aboriginal people.

But Ms Tyrell says, since the change of government, there has been no sign of when it will be handed over.

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