Hep B Bear: not such a funny old fellow

Experts say an estimated 170,000 people live with chronic hepatitis B in Australia - almost half of whom come from endemic countries of the Asia Pacific region – but only 2% receive treatment.

A DVD and flipchart featuring Hepatitis B Bear can be used by doctors during consultations and are designed to better explain the phases of the disease to adult patients.

Dr Miriam Levy, the head of gastroenterology and hepatology at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney, said the disease was particularly complex for patients - and often health professionals - to