Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that targets the lungs and can cause serious illness or death. It is spread through the air by coughing, sneezing, shouting, speaking or singing. Some infected people will not experience any symptoms because their bodies are able to fight off the infection. This is called latent or inactive TB, and is not infectious. Other people may be unable to fight off the bacteria and are said to have active TB. These people will experience symptoms and are infectious.
People with latent TB can be prescribed medication to reduce the risk of developing active TB.
Requirements for students
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences students undertaking placement are required to be screened for active TB infection annually. TB screening involves two components:
- QuantiFERON-Gold in-tube test (QFN-GIT)
- Inspection for symptoms of active TB by an appropriate medical practitioner registered to practice in Australia
Students must submit via Sonia a Tuberculosis Screening Form completed by an appropriate medical practitioner registered to practice in Australia annually. Re-screening is required within 12 months of the student's last QFN-GIT.