Primary health has a key role in the prevention of infectious disease through immunisation, early management and helping the community to take preventive action. UNSW’s research is leading to a greater role for GPs.
For example, the Kirby Institute has pioneered the management of Hepatitis C in the community, enabling GPs to initiate and treat patients with hepatitis C antiviral therapy. GPs in Australia are now able to prescribe highly effective new treatments, meaning Australia may be one of the first countries in the world to be able to eliminate this disease.
Our research into infectious disease management in primary care is conducted mainly through the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and in the Kirby Institute, in partnership with primary healthcare services in the community including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services and Corrections Health.