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History of Tuberculosis Control in Australia: an NHMRC case study

TB-CRE researchers and collaborators at the Menzies School of Health Research examine our journey from TB as Australia's leading cause of death, to Australia as a country with one of the lowest TB incidence rates in the world.

Professor Anna Ralph and Dr Chris Lowbridge, TB-CRE researchers and experts at the Menzies School of Health Research, have recently published the first NHMRC case study on the History of Tuberculosis control in Australia. The study available here highlights the interplay of TB research, funding, and government support over a 30 year period. The powerful impact of these factors in establishing the world-renowned TB control program Australia enjoys today is evident, as well as the individuals who played a critical role in our TB control journey.

This NHMRC case study provides valuable insight into effective strategies for the elimination of TB transmission in an entire country. The second NHMRC TB case study highlighting the work of TB researchers in Australia, including those at the Burnet, the Menzies and the University of Sydney, is due to be released later this year. The lessons in TB control to be garnered from Australia's successful implementation campaigns in the 20th century offer important proof-of-concept to countries in our region with similar TB control aims.

The full study is free-to-access and available here for online access and PDF download.

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