The Victorian Tuberculosis Program acts to ensure that every person with TB disease receives the right treatment at the right time.
If you, or a member of your family, have been affected by TB, you may have contact from the VTP. Specialist nurse consultants work to make sure that those affected by TB disease get the appropriate treatment, including antibiotics and hospital care, to treat and cure TB. The nurse will work with you, and your treating doctor, to help you get better, feel better, and stay better.
You can watch our video below to find out what latent tuberculosis is, how to test for it and how it is treated.
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.
The nurses of the VTP 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.
The nurses, in listening to your story, might suggest speaking with other health carers to make it easier for you to access appropriate treatment.
Anyone can get TB. Everyone has their own health journey. We will work with you to achieve your healthiest life, through high quality, culturally responsive care.
Immigration or applying for a new visa
The Victorian Tuberculosis Program does not provide testing or follow up services for immigration and visa applications.
Immigration health examinations for Australian visa applicants are provided by Bupa Medical Visa Services. To find a Bupa Medical Centre or make an appointment you can visit the Bupa Medical Service website.
In Victoria, the Department of Health Services has contracted the screening of all migrants on health undertakings and onshore visa applicants with abnormal chest X-rays to Western Health's Migrant Screening Clinic, which is within their Respiratory and Sleep Disorders Medicine department.
To book, contact the Western Health Adult Specialist Clinics booking team or you can find out more about visiting the clinic.
Bupa Visa Medical Services or the Migration Screening Clinic may refer you to other specialist health services closer to where you live if further assessment is warranted or for treatment as appropriate. Migrant screening for tuberculosis provides further information about the process.
Your visa application is managed by Home Affairs Australia. If you have questions regarding your visa application, please contact your case officer or visit Home Affairs website for further information. If you have one, you can also check for updates on your ImmiAccount.
Health care workers or students
Some organisations, particularly health and childcare, will require testing for latent and active tuberculosis as a condition of employment. While requirements may vary between organisations, a typical approach is outlined in our document Preventing tuberculosis infection and disease among
There are two types of tests for TB infection commonly in use globally. One of these tests, the tuberculin skin test (TST), is not widely available in Victoria. Interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA), such as the commercially available Quantiferon Gold, is generally recommended when testing for TB infection in the context of pre-employment or educational placement within the Victorian community.
The Victorian Tuberculosis Program does not provide pre-employment or educational placement testing. Testing should be arranged (in addition to other tests) with the employer, in the case of hospitals, or commercial pathology providers through your doctor. Your education provider may be able to provide guidance if you are asked to test before starting an educational placement.
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.