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Hepatitis B is an infection caused by the hepatitis B virus which inflames the liver. Hepatitis B is one of the most serious types of hepatitis. The virus can cause either acute (short-lived) or chronic (long term) liver disease. The disease can affect babies, children and adults.

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Enhanced surveillance for public health units

  • Case report form (acute) (PDF, 313kB) - used by public health units to collect and manage more detailed information for enhanced case surveillance.

Clinical guidelines

  • Australian STI management guidelines - an online resource for primary care health professionals which provide concise information to support the prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment of STIs.

Resources for health professionals

  • Management of occupational exposure to blood and body fluids (PDF, 247kB) - this guideline provides the minimum recommended procedures for the immediate assessment, management and follow-up of individuals who have been exposed (or suspect they have been exposed) to blood borne viruses (BBV), and recommendations for initiation of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) in occupational settings.


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Last updated: 5 June 2023

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