The Hepatitis Foundation of NZ is a charitable trust governed by a board of trustees in terms of the Charitable Trusts Act 1957. It had its origins in the 1980s in the work of the Hepatitis Research Unit, founded by Mr Alexander Milne, MBE.
Over the years the Foundation has undertaken a number of major screening, vaccination and research programmes in New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Vietnam.
The Foundation has been carrying out follow-up of hepatitis B (HBV) carriers in New Zealand since 1994. In June 1999 it was contracted to deliver part of the national hepatitis B screening programme, targeted to the high-risk population groups - Maori, Pacific Island and Asian adults in the North Island.
The Foundation is now contracted to the Ministry of Health as the national provider for long-term follow-up, with approximately 12,000 confirmed HBV carriers registered. Regular blood testing enables the early detection of complications such as liver inflammation and cancer. In recent years, increasing numbers of hepatitis C carriers have also registered with the Foundation for follow-up and information.
Mission of the Hepatitis Foundation
To promote positive health outcomes to the people of New Zealand through education and research into viral hepatitis, and early detection and long-term follow-up of chronic hepatitis B and C.