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TB Team: Valerie Delpech Director of PPHD, Kirsty Browne TB CNC, Ian Penney, TB Admin Officer, Karen Longworth RN, Toni Horsley TB RN

Driving change, awareness and education from Port to Tweed

Mar 22, 2024

On Sunday, 24 March, it’s World TB Day. Meet our team working towards the global push to eliminate tuberculosis.

The North Coast Tuberculosis Service works from Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads running specialist public health services, clinics, vaccinations, and education programs. The team provides free, confidential, and culturally sensitive services to ensure everyone gets the care they need for this curable and preventable illness.

Thanks to our diligent work in clinical care and public health, Australia has a proud history of successfully reducing TB.

However, that doesn’t mean we can be complacent.

TB still causes nearly 1.5 million deaths each year worldwide.

Healthcare workers across the globe are part of the push to eliminate the disease by addressing challenges such as access to care, poverty, environmental factors, and stigma.

You can find out more about the North Coast TB Service.

About World TB Day

On 24 March 1882, Dr Robert Koch discovered the bug (‘mycobacterium’) that causes tuberculosis.

This opened the door towards diagnosis and cure.

TB can damage a person’s lungs and/or other parts of the body and causes serious illness if not treated. Symptoms include a persistent cough that lasts longer than three weeks, fever, weight loss, night sweats, and tiredness.

World TB Day raises public awareness about the impacts of TB around the world.

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