Hepatitis B for health professionals

National Hepatitis B Follow-up Programme

Hep_B_for_health_professionalsWe no longer operate a Hepatitis C Follow-up Programme.

The Hepatitis Foundation runs a Ministry of Health-funded national programme for people living with chronic hepatitis B in New Zealand.

The free programme aims to improve health outcomes for people living with hepatitis B by providing life-long follow-up.

Once someone has enrolled in the programme the Hepatitis Foundation will manage their care in partnership with health providers. We ensure patients receive regular monitoring and blood tests. A community hepatitis nurse will also work in partnership with other service providers to support patients. General practitioners are kept informed of all test results and the patient’s management programme.

The programme includes:

  • Initial assessment and ongoing follow up
  • Regular blood tests and FibroScan assessments
  • Education and resources
  • Support
  • Referral to secondary care (if required)
  • Access to a community hepatitis nurse.

Notifiable disease

Only acute hepatitis B is a notifiable disease. Chronic hepatitis B is not.

Referral forms

You can refer patients to the Hepatitis Foundation by clicking on the online Hepatitis B Programme referral form. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Education and training

Below are links to useful education tools.

Immigration and FibroScans

Information about ordering Fibroscans for immigration purposes.



© The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand 2016