A GP guide to tuberculosis in Australia

Increasing migration from countries with a high incidence of TB means GPs in Australia are still likely to encounter infected patients

Need to know

  • Consider a diagnosis of TB in any person with persistent cough who has lived in a high-prevalence country.
  • In the first instance, suspected TB can be assessed with a simple chest X-ray.
  • The diagnosis is confirmed by tests performed on sputum. Treatment is relatively complex and managed by specialist services.