Project summary

The “Treatment for hepatitis B” brochure is a resource for patients beginning treatment for hepatitis B and their clinicians.

The brochure supports discussions between clinicians and patients to explain the need for regular check-ups, ongoing monitoring and test results. Patients can then take the brochure home as a reminder.

The brochure comes in the form of a ‘tear-off pad’, which makes it easy for clinicians to use.

The resource is available in English, Vietnamese, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese.


The Brochure

To download the brochure click on the image below and  scroll down the page to the ‘Publications’ section.


What are the benefits? 

Unmanaged hepatitis B has a high mortality rate from liver cancer. Nearly 50% of people go undiagnosed; of these around two thirds come from non- Anglo backgrounds.

Many clients living with hepatitis B have low health literacy and there are many challenges to engaging people in care.

The brochures cater to low health literacy levels, and increased clients’ understanding of the need for 6 monthly check-ups and the risk of liver cancer. They also encouraged clinicians to discuss test results and engage clients in care and decisions.


How does the Hepatitis B Brochure make St Vincent’s Hospital a more Health Literate Organisation?

Health Literate Organisations ensure that [1] [2]:

  • Written and verbal communication is tailored to the specific needs of target audiences.
  • Consumer education materials are available in commonly used languages through high-quality translation services.
  • They use culturally appropriate imagery.
  • They use a variety of formats to provide information.
  • Health practitioners routinely provide written and verbal information about conditions, procedures and treatment, including the benefits, risks and likelihood of success.
  • All consumer education materials are evaluated for appropriateness and effectiveness.


How was the brochure developed?

This project was a collaboration between St Vincent’s Melbourne, Cancer Council Victoria, Australian Chinese Medical Association of Victoria and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia. To realise the project, these organisations:

  • Developed a partnership approach, conducted a consultation consultation and developed draft material.
  • Using principles of health literacy, developed images with artist and consumers. Text was adjusted to a Level 7 reading ability.
  • The draft was focus tested with consumers and clinicians.
  • The draft and layout was adjusted based on feedback, and re-tested.
  • The brochure was translated into 3 languages; translations were checked by community and feedback actioned.
  • Final resources were printed in a tear-off pad format (making it easy for clinicians to use).
  • Publicity and distribution of the resource is ongoing.



[1] Ministry of Health, 2015, Health Literacy Review: A guide. Wellington: Ministry of Health.

[2] Trezona, Dodson & Osborne, 2017, Organisational Health Literacy Responsiveness (Org-HLR) Self Assessment Tool and User Guide, Deakin University.

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