Screening pregnant women for hepatitis B

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Did you know that NSW Health’s Hepatitis B Strategy calls for every pregnant woman to be tested for hepatitis B? Hepatitis NSW has developed a pamphlet that aims to help address the needs of women diagnosed within antenatal screening.

Did you know that NSW Health’s Hepatitis B Strategy calls for every pregnant woman to be tested for hepatitis B?

 For women diagnosed within antenatal screening, a positive result can be alarming, with issues around:

  • worrying about transmission to baby and other family
  • wondering about the source of infection.

In addition, a large proportion of diagnosed women are from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and may not be highly health literate or comfortable within the NSW health care system and environment.

Hepatitis NSW has developed a pamphlet that aims to help address the needs of women diagnosed within antenatal screening.

It was developed with valuable input from Caroline Homer, Professor of Midwifery, UTS, and Hannah Dahlen, Professor of Midwifery, WSU.

You can download the pamphlet here.

Health workers can also order a free supply of printed pamphlets. Simply email Paul Harvey at pharvey@hep.org.au.

Note: The pamphlet will be updated on an annual basis in response to feedback from health workers.