Anyone can get TB. Everyone has their own health journey. We work with you to achieve your healthiest life, through high quality, culturally responsive care.

If you or a member of your family have been affected by TB, you may be contacted by the Victorian Tuberculosis Program. 

Treatment and care

The Victorian Tuberculosis Program (VTP) acts to ensure that every person with TB receives the right treatment at the right time.

Specialist nurse consultants from the VTP work with people affected by TB to make sure they get the appropriate treatment, including antibiotics and hospital care. The nurse works with you and your treating doctor, to help you get better, feel better, and stay better.

TB treatment is provided free of charge in Australia for anyone who needs it. If you have been diagnosed with TB, other support might be available depending on your circumstances, and you can discuss financial or other needs with the VTP.

Our VTP nurses can work with you to identify family, friends, or community members who may also have acquired TB infection, offering them testing and suggesting treatment to prevent illness from TB.

In listening to your story, our nurses might suggest speaking with other health professionals to make it easier for you to access appropriate treatment.

What is latent tuberculosis?

This video explains what latent tuberculosis is, and what testing and treatment might involve. The video is useful for people who are about to have a test for TB, have been diagnosed with TB and to help support people talking about TB with their doctor.

Dr Kasha Singh from the Royal Melbourne Hospital gives a short overview of what latent tuberculosis is, and what testing and treatment might involve.

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Last updated 19 January 2023