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Activity description

92946 - Latent TB: For primary care providers

South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network

2 x 90 minute education sessions on recognising and managing latent TB in the community without specialist referral plus a clinical attachment (minimum half day) at Monash Refugee Health & Wellbeing.

Relevance to General Practice

The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in Australia is low, with 6.2 notified cases/100,000 people in 2013. However, the majority of cases (over 85%) occurred in people born outside of Australia, and TB remains a significant risk for those with a history of potential exposure.

Ten per cent of people with latent TB infection will develop active disease, with the highest risk in the first two years post infection. It is important that GPs be educated in how to recognise those with active disease and those with LTBI at risk of conversion to active disease.

As an initiative to improve access to appropriate care, Monash Health clinicians have designed this training program to provide community GPs with the skills to monitor and treat latent TB in the community.

Learning outcomes

  1. Recognise patients with latent TB that can be successfully managed in the community without specialist referral
  2. Identify the clinical challenges in LTB management options: treatment vs observation only
  3. Deliver culturally appropriate education to patients to differentiate between latent and active TB
  4. Implement a model of care incorporating nursing staff in the management of latent TB
  5. Recognise & appreciate potential complications of latent TB therapy

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Critical incidents and potential critical incidents are identified and managed

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Effective clinical leadership is demonstrated

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Adult health
  • General practice teaching

Partnering organisations

Monash Refugee Health & Wellbeing

This activity is also available on these dates

Session summary


Tuesday 1 Aug 2017 12:00am - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 12:00am

This activity is readily available at any time


Monash Refugee Health & Wellbeing or other venue as agreed


Face to face




All attendees welcome

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Mark Timlin
T: 03 9792 8100