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Did you know that your liver is the largest organ inside your body?
Performing over 500 functions, good liver health is incredibly important, so you may be surprised to learn that one in four Australians have liver disease, and one in 100 Australians live with viral hepatitis.
But Natalie Davis, Senior Prevention Officer, Addiction Services, said liver disease can be prevented with some simple lifestyle changes.
“What we eat and drink is a leading risk factor in liver disease so eating a balanced diet and using alcohol responsibly can have a positive effect on our liver’s health,” Natalie said.
“Other preventative measures include regular exercise, getting tested for hepatitis [viral hepatitis is a leading cause of liver disease and liver cancer], and getting vaccinated for hepatitis B.
"We also encourage people to ask their GP for regular liver health checks to identify any issues early on.”
Throughout July, Metro South Health’s Needle Syringe Programs promoted Better Liver health as part of World Hepatitis Day.
The month-long focus culminated in a community event at the Inala Community Health Centre carpark where attendees were educated about liver health and hepatitis and left with ‘cook your own’ healthy meal kits.
The event was run by the Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services Preventative Team, in partnership with Hepatitis Qld, Inala Indigenous Health and Inala Community House as part of World Hepatitis Day 28, July 2022.
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World Hepatitis Day takes place annually on July 28 to raise awareness about viral hepatitis. The 2022 theme is ‘I Can’t Wait’ and aims to highlight the need to accelerate the fight against viral hepatitis and the importance of testing and treatment for the real people who need it. More info can be found at www.worldhepatitisday.org.