World Hepatitis Day 

28 July 2020

Kindly provided by the Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand 

Today is World Hepatitis Day, an annual global event aimed at educating people about hepatitis.

To mark the occasion, College Fellow Dr Rachel Shouler caught up with Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand clinician Dr Alex Lampen-Smith to talk about liver health and how community medicine can treat people living with chronic hepatitis B.

Dr Rachel Shouler has been a GP at Kawerau’s Tarawera Medical Centre for five years. She’s also the Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance’s clinical director one day a week, and a GP liaison for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. These roles give her a diverse perspective on healthcare and allow her to be involved in a wide range of projects with a primary, secondary and community focus. 

Dr Alex Lampen-Smith is the clinical director at the Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand, providing specialist knowledge and support to the organisation’s community nursing team and the many thousands of people living with hepatitis B. She is also the head of the gastroenterology department at Tauranga Hospital.