Communicable disease screening and prevalence among migrants

Migrants make up an estimated 28 percent of the Australian population. Understanding current migrant health status is necessary to inform health policy and planning, to ensure health equity for migrants and to improve health care within Australia.

Up-to-date research on the health of newly-arrived migrants is particularly important given changing migrant source countries and demographics, and potential implications for changing patterns of disease.

The study will utilise routinely-collected pre-migration health screening data collected by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to provide recommendations to inform evidence-based policy and practice to improve communicable diseases health outcomes among migrants entering Australia.

The study will determine screening rates for key communicable diseases (tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C), measure the prevalence of these diseases, and identify socio-demographic, migration and health-related factors associated with disease positivity.


June 2017 – May 2018


Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Doctor Danielle Horyniak

NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow