The Australian TB Caucus.
Launched in March 2016, the Australian TB Caucus (ATBC) currently has 23 members and is part of a network of Global TB Caucus comprising over 2,300 MPs in 150 countries.
The ATBC brings together Members of the House of Representatives and Senators with an interest in the issue of tuberculosis (TB) and how Australia can best secure support and expertise to contribute to the global effort to eradicate the disease.
The Caucus focuses primarily on the Asia-Pacific and increasing Parliamentary awareness about TB and its impact. Technical assistance to the ATBC is provided by the Australasian Tuberculosis Forum (ATF), a regional group of researchers, policy-makers and patient advocates working towards control and elimination of TB through leadership, collaboration, advocacy and education.
The Australian TB Caucus is Co-Chaired by the Hon. Warren Entsch MP and the Hon. Sharon Claydon, MP.
The ATBC is formally registered with the Presiding Officers as the Parliamentary Friends of Tuberculosis Group. The ATBC Secretariat is hosted by RESULTS International (Australia) and is supported by a network of Australian and international TB experts and advocacy partners from the Australasian TB Forum.
The role of the Secretariat is to ensure that Caucus members are well-informed in a timely manner about TB related issues. The Secretariat assists in actions that advance the Caucus’s aims among their constituents, in Parliament, through the media and regionally/globally.
The ATBC Secretariat is hosted by RESULTS International (Australia) and is supported by a network of Australian and international TB experts and advocacy partners from the Australasian TB Forum.
Please find here the 2018 Annual Report for the Australian TB Caucus.
Co-Chairs of the Australian TB Caucus.
The Hon. Mr. Warren Entsch MP
It is the only infectious disease transmitted by air and with 60 percent of the world TB burden in the Asia-Pacific region, with PNG and Indonesia baring a lot of that burden. Already, we are seeing TB making its presence into the Torres Strait and Cairns. The stark reality is that with modern travel, TB can be transmitted anywhere in the world in less than 24 hours. There has never been a communicable disease that has not been cured without a vaccine. The current TB vaccine, developed in 1921, is totally ineffective to the new strains of TB.
This disease can be cured but a lot more work needs to be done.