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A clinician’s perspective on providing TB services in the Torres Strait

Stephen D Vincent
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (9): 506-507.
doi:
10.5694/mja11.10327b

For many decades, Australia has been fortunate to have a low prevalence of tuberculosis (TB).1 This has resulted from a firm commitment to screening for and managing TB since early last century. Because of the low rates of disease, the current population, unfortunately, perceives TB to be a “disease of the past”.

Stephen D Vincent, MB BS(Hons), FRACP, Physician
Thoracic Medicine, Cairns Base Hospital and Regional Tuberculosis Control Unit, Cairns, QLD.
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