In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in Tuberculosis related activities around Australia and New Zealand. It is exciting to see so many people involved in TB research, clinical practice, policy development and other areas of engagement. This expansion has also made it more challenging to communicate with the broad range of people passionate about TB in our region. The Australasian Tuberculosis Forum is an opportunity to facilitate greater connection between and recognition for the broad range of policy makers, clinicians, patients, scientists and public health workers working for tuberculosis control and elimination in our region. We intend to promote collaborations of a variety of kinds, including regular interdisciplinary meetings and research relating to tuberculosis. As time goes on, we hope also to foster development and public awareness around tuberculosis, particularly in relation to the important leadership role Australian and New Zealand can play in regional TB control.
The ATF will start with a regular email newsletter, with notices regarding meetings, TB-related activities and opportunities for collaboration on TB projects. We will also plan to coordinate and promote regular forums for dissemination of tuberculosis research and training. This will include an annual conference intended to gather the broad range of people involved in tuberculosis-related activities from around Australia, New Zealand and our region. The next meeting will be at the Asia Pacific Region Union meeting.
We also hope that this group can be involved in promoting and expanding Australasian efforts towards regional TB control efforts. The ATF will intend to prepare TB related educational and advocacy materials for a range of stakeholders, including media, politicians and policy makers – activities that we hope all interested members can be part of, so watch this space!
Membership and governance
Joining the ATF is free – just email us at the address below. We expect that members of the ATF will be drawn from a variety of other professional bodies, and we will work alongside other organisations to promote effective tuberculosis education and policy. This is a group for anyone interested in TB, and will not be in competition with other overlapping organisation. No qualifications are required to join apart from enthusiasm for tuberculosis! We’ll form an initial steering committee to start the process, and within 12 months we will hold an annual general meeting to review the activities of the group and consider its future directions, including decisions about formalising its structure and governance as appropriate.
How do I get involved or find out more?
Sign up to receive email updates, and please forward this email to anyone interested in TB in our region. We’d also love to hear about TB related meetings, scholarships, activities or collaborative possibilities that we can advertise to other members. We have a newly established website hosted by the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Tuberculosis Control at www.tuberculosisforum.com. If you wish to join or have questions and suggestions, please email Gabriella Scandurra at email@example.com.
Justin Denholm, Ben Marais, Guy Marks,
Warwick Britton Suman Majumdar Chris Coulter
The opinions expressed are those of the authors. They have, however, arisen and been refined from discussions within the ATF. Supporting organisations are listed below
Senior Research Fellow Position Available at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine Goroka, Papua New Guinea – follow the link below