Hepatitis B for health professionals

National Hepatitis B Follow-up Programme

Hep_B_for_health_professionalsImportant: While the Foundation no longer operates a Hepatitis C Follow-up Programme, we still operate a Hepatitis B 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 enrolled in the programme, in partnership with health providers, the Hepatitis Foundation will become responsible for managing patients with hepatitis B. The Foundation ensures 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 on-going 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 while 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. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Education and training

Below are links to useful education tools.

Immigration and FibroScans

Information about ordering Fibroscans for immigration purposes.



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