Log in with your email address username.


Important notice

doctorportal Learning is on the move as we will be launching a new website very shortly. If you would like to sign up to dp Learning now to register for CPD learning or to use our CPD tracker, please email support@doctorportal.com.au so we can assist you. If you are already signed up to doctorportal Learning, your login will work in the new site so you can continue to enrol for learning, complete an online module, or access your CPD tracker report.

To access and/or sign up for other resources such as Jobs Board, Bookshop or InSight+, please go to www.mja.com.au, or click the relevant menu item and you will be redirected.

All other doctorportal services, such as Find A Doctor, are no longer available.

Immigration screening for latent tuberculosis infection

- Featured Image

Epidemiologist Justin Denholm advocates universal screening of migrants from high-incidence countries

In Australia, 1222 cases of tuberculosis (TB) were notified in 2011, which represents an annual incidence of six cases per 100 000 population.1 Despite this relatively low incidence by global standards, TB disease continues to cause significant morbidity and mortality, and has a substantial impact on the health and wellbeing of affected individuals and communities.2 In addition to the direct clinical impact, effective management of TB imposes a substantial burden on health care systems and public health programs. Opportunities to reduce TB incidence further in Australia, therefore, would be welcome and should be actively pursued.

Over the past decade, 80%–90% of people who developed TB in Australia were born overseas, with by far the most common clinical pathway to presentation being reactivation of previously latent TB infection (LTBI).3 People migrating to Australia from countries with high TB incidence are at significant risk of developing TB disease, even decades after arrival.4 In 2012, the National…