New research project offering cash rewards to people commencing Hepatitis C treatment  

March 20, 2024

Most people with hepatitis C can be cured with as little as 8 weeks of treatment. Despite this, many Australians with hepatitis C are yet to undertake the treatment and be cured.
The Motivate C project is studying whether the offer of a cash incentive will encourage people to take up hepatitis C treatment in primary care and is looking for people living with hepatitis C to take part.

The University of Sydney is leading this national project in collaboration with researchers, healthcare providers and GP experts within the hepatitis C field. Funding for the project is provided by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund. The Motivate C study is approved by the Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee
(2022/ETH01681) and is now recruiting participants.

Adults with hepatitis C and who haven’t been tested for hepatitis C in the past 4 weeks can take part. Participants self-register for this study and will be connected with a treatment navigator, to guide them through all study procedures. The project will provide all participants with a compensation payment for their time. Additionally, participants may be randomly assigned to receive a reward payment for commencing hepatitis c therapy. GPs and NPs are critical to the success of the Motivate C project. They can help by identifying eligible participants and letting them know about the project.

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