Hep­ati­tis C cov­er­age brings me­dia medal

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Health -

HEALTH ed­i­tor Adam Cress­well, left, has won Hep­ati­tis Aus­tralia’s top jour­nal­ism award for two sto­ries about hep­ati­tis C.

The sto­ries won the con­sumer cat­e­gory in the in­au­gu­ral awards for the Pro­fes­sor Ge­off Farrell Medal. The sto­ries were a cover pub­lished in Week­endHealth on Septem­ber 30 last year head­lined ‘‘ The Hid­den Epi­demic’’, and ‘‘ Liver dis­eases set to wreak havoc’’ pub­lished in TheAus­tralian ’ s news pages on Oc­to­ber 3 last year.

Both sto­ries fo­cused on the preva­lence of the hep­ati­tis C virus and the chal­lenges faced by peo­ple liv­ing with hep­ati­tis C. Hep­ati­tis Aus­tralia said the award recog­nised both sto­ries’ ac­cu­racy and their bal­anced re­port­ing of the is­sues, and had ‘‘ played an im­por­tant role in rais­ing the aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of hep­ati­tis C in the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity’’.

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