The Victorian Tuberculosis Program (VTP) is the state-wide provider of public health services relating to tuberculosis (TB).
Following relocation from the Department of Health in June 2014, the program is based at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.
The VTP team includes public health nurse consultants, epidemiologists and others working for better public health management of tuberculosis across Victoria.
The VTP operates in partnership with other clinical and laboratory services related to TB, including the Mycobacterial Reference Laboratory at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL).
The Victorian Tuberculosis Program is also involved in international TB activities, including through the Australian Tuberculosis Modelling Network (AuTuMN). AuTuMN involves a diverse group of researchers working on modelling tuberculosis transmission to inform policy makers in their decisions to improve TB control in their countries.
TB clinical services continue to be provided at respiratory, infectious disease and other specialist clinics at Victorian public tertiary referral hospitals, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Medical practitioners can continue to refer patients with TB to their nearest public tertiary referral hospital.
Medical practitioners and pathology laboratories continue to send TB notifications to the Department of Health as required under the Public Health & Wellbeing Act 2008.
TB notifications should be sent to:
Department of Health:
- By mail - Reply paid 65937, Melbourne, Vic, 8060
- By fax - 1300 651 170
- By phone - 1300 651 160
TB drug orders
Orders for TB Drugs can be made downloading the appropriate TB Drug form and mandatory documentation where indicated. Please see criteria for supply of second line drugs for more information.