HCV Testing Policy


HCV Testing Policy v1.1 -> v1.2

The previous HCV testing policy was released in 2012 and this version was updated in 2016. Differences in this version 1.2 include:

  • Updated monitoring treatment (see section 2.4)
  • More commentary on testing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and people who inject drugs (see section 3)

Updated version :  2017 National HCV Testing Policy v1.2 (PDF, 1.1MB)

HCV Testing Policy v1.0 -> v1.1

The Expert Reference Committee met via teleconference on 28 May 2013 to review the National Hepatitis C Testing Policy, 2012. Each section of the Testing Policy was systematically reviewed at this meeting. The recommended changes were incorporated in the revised National Hepatitis C Testing Policy, 2012 v1.1.

Most of the amendments made were minor wording changes to aid clarification. Other more significant changes made included:

  • 1.4 Policy Implementation
    • added reference 5 to end of first sentence.
  • 2.0 Diagnostic Strategies
    • a smaller working group was established to rewrite the whole section and incorporate HCV antigen testing. The testing pathway was also reformatted to reflect the inclusion of HCV antigen testing and options if the second immune assay (IA) is negative
  • 3.1.3 Recipients of organs...
    • changed "organs" to "recipients" are screened for HC
  • 3.1.7 Sexual partners of people with HCV
    • changed "The risk of sexual transmission of HCV is low" to "The risk of heterosexual transmission of HCV is low").
  • 3.1.9 Transmission and infection control in healthcare settings
    • dot point 2: changed wording to “Health care workers must not perform EPPs if they are hepatitis C RNA positive (by nucleic acid test)” [as per exact wording in ref 27,  C2.5.1 Responsibilities, Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2010)].
    • added dot point 5.
  • 5.1 Conveying a negative result
    • deleted “in the context of conventional testing” from title.
  • 5.2 Conveying a positive result
    • deleted “in the context of conventional testing” from title.
    • changed wording in first and last sentence of first paragraph to clarify a positive result could be a positive Ab or positive HCV RNA result and further testing may be needed if just HCV Ab.
  • 8.1 Routine Testing
    • added “with clinical suspicion of infection (see section 3.0) and/or “ to third sentence.
  • 8.2  Testing of infants born to HCV-infected mothers
    • reworded last paragraph.
  • 11.2 Schedule interpretation
    • changed paragraph wording and department responsible to Dept of Human Services.
    • Changed personal tense in last sentence.

Previous version :  2012 National HCV Testing Policy v1.1 (PDF, 333KB)

Previous version :  2012 National HCV Testing Policy v1.0 (PDF, 439KB)