Does Australia need targeted screening for liver disease?

A trial community-based program in a high-risk population in NSW detected chronic liver disease in 13% of participants

Screening migrant communities and injecting drug users would help detect and treat people at risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, researchers say.

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They acknowledge, however, that their study flagged difficulties in persuading patients to remain in care long-term.

Associate Professor Amany Zekry, head of the gastroenterology and hepatology department at St George Hospital in Kogarah, Sydney, led the intervention, setting up a screening program run by two nurse consultants (one fluent in Mandarin) in

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