Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is an asymptomatic condition that may progress to active tuberculosis (TB), sometimes decades after exposure. Most people with active TB in Australia have not had recent contact and have been unaware of their risk.
People being tested or treated for LTBI should read Tuberculosis information for patients.
Since 2018, the Victorian Tuberculosis Program and South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) have collaborated in implementing“Tuberculosis screening, management and prevention in General Practice” in the local government areas of Casey and Greater Dandenong.
The project has piloted a model for LTBI management which can be effectively used in GP settings. People tested for LTBI under this project were found to have high rates of LTBI, and successful treatment completion without referral to tertiary care centres. A summary of these pilot findings can be downloaded here.
In 2021-2023, this program has been expanded to include additional GP clinics across the SEMPHN region. This expanded program has drawn on the findings from the pilot project in continuing to overcome barriers to ensure safe and effective community access to LTBI diagnosis and treatment.
Participating GP clinics
Clinics participating in this program are listed below. Management of latent tuberculosis, including testing and treatment where appropriate, is available through these clinics, with support provided by the Victorian Tuberculosis Program. Please contact clinics directly with referrals or requests for appointments.
Want to find out more?
If your practice is interested in participating in this program, please contact us at email@example.com, or phone (03) 9342 9478. Currently, enrolment is limited to practices within the SEMPHN region.
|LTBI community of practices|
56-58 Stud Road
Phone (03) 9791 5344
176 Lonsdale Street
Phone: (03) 8763 8900
525 Springvale Road
Phone (03) 9548 1666
76 Clyde Road
Phone (03) 9796 1500
25/14-26 Audsley Street
Keys Medical Centre
Map of LTBI clinics
This series of videos have been created to help guide the safe and effective management of LTBI in the community, particularly through GP clinics.
What is latent tuberculosis, and why is it important in Australia? This video provides a short overview of TB and LTBI, including introducing an algorithm for general practice management. (7 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ru7Aw3byRk[DJ3]
How to diagnosis latent tuberculosis infection
What diagnostic tests are available for LTBI in Australia, and how should you select and interpret tests? What is needed to exclude active TB?
Initiating treatment for latent tuberculosis
What treatment options exist for LTBI, and how do you decide what’s right? Who should be referred elsewhere rather than being managed in the GP setting? Includes case examples.
Follow up and monitoring your patient with latent tuberculosis
How often should you see someone after starting treatment, and what side effects will you monitor for? Includes support strategies for assisting with treatment adherence and completion, and dealing with issues that arise during treatment.
Next steps once LTBI treatment is finished
Includes communication and documentation, follow up testing and important patient messages.