While some degree of fat in the liver is normal, it only takes a small increase in the percentage of fat for disease to occur. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is becoming increasingly common. It is considered to be the most prevalent cause of liver disease in Australia. Many people with this disease have an increased risk of cirrhosis and liver-related death.
Jana Van der Jagt is a Hepatology Nurse Practitioner from the Mid North Coast of NSW where she established and developed the Port Macquarie Liver Clinic. She has worked in the field of Hepatology for 18 years. Her current roles include provision of comprehensive liver disease assessment and management in private practice at Port Macquarie Gastroenterology as well as consultancy services developing and delivering education for heath care workers. Particular interests include advanced liver disease, nurse education and the development of responsive models of care. Jana’s qualifications include, Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing, Graduate Diploma Adult Education and Training and Masters in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).