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

Tuberculosis is not a common problem in Australia. There are about 1100 cases a year throughout the country, and this figure has been stable for many years. However, 86% of TB cases in Australia occur in those born overseas.

Indigenous Australians are also six times more likely to be affected than non-Indigenous Australians.