Friday 6 – Sunday 8 September 2019

PARKROYAL, Darling Harbour, 150 Day Street, Sydney

Welcome and Invitation to SCTMC 2019

A very warm welcome to the official website of the 4th Annual Southern Cross Travel Medicine Conference (SCTMC 2019), which will be held at the ParkRoyal Hotel, Darling Harbour, Sydney,  Australia, from 6-8 September 2019.  Sydney is one of Australia’s most vibrant international gateway cities. It is home to the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge, incredible shopping, restaurants, sporting events and numerous other attractions. Darling Harbour is in the heart of Sydney and has its own waterside precinct with shopping and restaurants. It is also close to China Town, the Maritime Museum, the Sydney Aquarium and much more.

Like our previous three conferences in Auckland (2016), Melbourne (2017) and Brisbane (2018), SCTMC 2019 will build on a strong platform of professional development for health practitioners working in the field of travel medicine with stimulating, succinct and novel sessions covering a range of important travel and tropical medicine topics, including:  Vaccine preventable disease; Safety and security of travellers; Dengue, zika and chikungunya; Malaria; Special groups of travellers; Applying the knowledge of travel medicine for the greater good; Neglected diseases; and Aerospace medicine We will again be hosting the popular Introductory Travel Medicine Workshop on Saturday morning 7 September 2019 and the Yellow Fever Workshop on Saturday afternoon 7 September 2019. There will also be an opportunity for participants to attend a new One Health / Zoonoses Workshop on Saturday afternoon 7 September 2019.

We invite all doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals working in the field of travel and tropical medicine, general practice, military medicine, occupational health, infectious diseases and related fields to travel health throughout the region to take full advantage of all the professional development opportunities offered at SCTMC 2019. It is also an opportunity to network with colleagues, including our international and national invited speakers, and enjoy as much as possible of our fabulous host city of Sydney.

The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM) and the ACTM Faculty of Travel Medicine are proud to be hosting SCTMC 2019. See you in Sydney from 6-8 September 2019.

Professor Peter A Leggat, AM, ADC, MD, PhD, DrPH
Chair of SCTMC 2019 Organising Committee
Dean, Faculty of Travel Medicine and Immediate Past President ACTM

We are very excited to announce that the 2019 SCTMC Conference has been approved with the RACGP.
Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Inc. (Provider No. 645629)
Activity No. 1673111
Allocated up to maximum 30 Category 2 points in the QI&CPD program for the 2017-19 triennium

Introducing our 2019 International Speakers

Professor Leo Visser

Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and President of the International Society of Travel Medicine

Professor Kevin Kain

Tropical disease expert in the University of Toronto based at the Toronto General Hospital, also serves as Director of the Center for Travel and Tropical Medicine

Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith

Professor at the Lee Kong Chain School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Immediate Past President of the International Society of Travel Medicine

Preliminary Program

Friday 6 September 2019 - Plenary Sessions
1pm – 1.50pm REGISTRATION
(Pre-function Area)
1.50pm – 2pm OPENING SESSION:
Chairs: A/Professor Bernard Hudson and Professor Geoff Quail
2pm – 3.30pm OPENING PLENARY:
Chair: A/Professor Bernard Hudson
2pm – 2.30pm Rabid Rampant Rabies: an Update
Professor Kevin Kain
2.30pm – 3pm Dengue vaccines: update on Dengvaxia and second-generation dengue vaccines
Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith
3pm – 3.30pm Vaccination and limits of the immune system
Professor Leo Visser
3.30pm – 3.45pm AFTERNOON TEA
(Pre-function Area)
3.45pm – 5pm PLENARY 2:
Chair: A/Professor Richard Franklin
3.45pm – 4.15pm Passenger fitness to fly
Dr Ian Chang
4.15pm – 4.30pm PPP Jetlag
Professor Peter Laggat
4.30pm – 5pm Inflight medical drinks
Dr Russell Brown
(Barkers Restaurant – PARKROYAL Darling Harbour)

Saturday – You have the choice to attend a Session or a Workshop.
Learn about the workshops here >

Saturday 7 September 2019 - Plenary Sessions
7.30am – 9am REGISTRATION
(Pre-function Area)
8am – 8.50am Common problems amongst travellers: Case studies
Professor Nick Zwar and A/Professor Colleen Lau
9am – 10.30am PLENARY 3:
Chair: Professor Peter Leggat
9am – 9.30am The Endgame of Polio
Professor Leo Visser
9.30am – 10am Tick-borne Disease: ‘on the way back!’
A/Professor Bernard Hudson
10am – 10.30am Neglected Tropical Diseases and ‘the traveller’
Professor Joe Torresi
10.30am – 11am MORNING TEA
(Pre-function Area)
11am – 12.30pm PLENARY 4:
Chair: Professor Joe Torresi
11am – 11.30am Darwin awards in Travel Medicine
Professor Kevin Kain
11.30am – 11.45am PPP: Drowning
A/Professor Richard Franklin
11.45am – 12.15pm Keeping Travellers Safe
Professor Marc Shaw
12.15pm – 12.30pm PPP: The Bold but Frail Older Traveller – Managing the Risks
Dr Eddy Bajrovic
12.30pm – 1.30pm LUNCH
(Barkers Restaurant)
1.30pm – 3.15pm PLENARY 5:
Chair: Professor Marc Shaw
1.30pm – 2pm Vaccine Prioritising:
on consideration of epidemiology and severity of disease
Dr Sarah McGuinness
2pm – 2.15pm PPP: Vaccination and the HIV positive traveller
Professor Joe Torresi
2.15pm – 2.45pm Fractional Yellow Fever vaccines: what is the evidence?
Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith
2.45pm – 3.15pm TB – The incoming scourge: Understand the Mantoux test, the Quantiferon Gold test and the need for a BCG. Is it needed?
A/Professor Bernard Hudson
3.15pm – 3.45pm AFTERNOON TEA
(Pre-function Area)
3.45pm – 5pm PLENARY 6:
Out of the Ordinary
Chair: Professor Nick Zwar
3.45pm – 4.15pm When NOT to go into the water
Professor Kevin Kain
4.15pm – 4.30pm Water Purification
Marion Howie and A/Professor Bernard Hudson
4.30pm – 5pm Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya in pregnant travelers: pathogenesis, risks pre-and post-travel advice
Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith
Saturday 7 September 2019 - Workshops
7.30am – 9am REGISTRATION
(Pre-function Area)
8am – 8.50am Common problems amongst travellers: Case studies
Professor Nick Zwar and A/Professor Colleen Lau
9am – 12.30pm WORKSHOP:
Convenors: Tonia Buzzolini and Lisa Scotland
(Cockle Bay Room)
9am – 9.30am Safety and Security – HOT Tips for travellers
Caroline Nash
9.30am – 10am 15 minutes – Buggar, I’ve Been Bitten!’ RABIES – UP TO DATE!
15 minutes – Case Studies – Experiences Abroad – Open discussion on Rabies
Professor Marc Shaw
10am – 10.30am SKIN – the barrier to protect us? Blisters, wounds, bites, stings, sunburn, frost bite, ticks, thrush…
Lisa Scotland
10.30am – 11am MORNING TEA
(Pre-function Area)
11am – 11.20am Preparing the Diabetic Traveller
Tonia Buzzolini
11.20am – 11.40am Preparing the GAP Volunteer
Tonia Buzzolini
11.40am – 12noon How to prevent bringing more than your luggage back with you. Dengue, Zika, Chik, STI, Pertussis, Measles
Lisa Scotland
12noon – 12.30pm Travel-Related Product: How to Purify Water – in all its phases!
Claire Wong
12.30pm – 1.30pm LUNCH
1.30pm – 3.15pm YELLOW FEVER WORKSHOP*
Convenors: Dr Eddy Bajrovic, Dr Jennifer Sisson and Claire Wong
(Cockle Bay Room)
1.30pm – 1.45pm Why all the fuss and why am I here?
A Short history of yellow fever and the development of approval processes
Dr Eddy Bajrovic
1.45pm – 2.15pm What is yellow fever?
Epidemiology transmission and clinical features
Dr Eddy Bajrovic
2.15pm – 2.45pm The legalities:
Revised International Health Regulations and how they apply to Yellow Fever
Dr Jennifer Sisson
2.45pm – 3.15pm I wouldn’t give it to my mother…:
Yellow fever vaccine – indications, contraindications and adverse events
Claire Wong
Convenors: Professor Bruce Gummow and A/Professor Richard Franklin
(Rose Bay Room)
1.30pm – 1.45pm Meliodosis, an environmental pathogen
Professor Robert Norton
4.45pm – 2.45pm Leptospirosis
A/Professor Colleen Lau
2.45pm – 3.15pm Diagnosing rickettsial infections in Australians and returned travellers
Professor Stephen Graves
3.15pm – 3.45pm AFTERNOON TEA
(Pre-function Area)
3.45pm – 5pm YELLOW FEVER WORKSHOP Cont’d*
Convenors: Dr Eddy Bajrovic, Dr Jennifer Sisson and Claire Wong
(Cockle Bay Room)
3.45pm – 4.15pm Putting the pieces together:
Case studies, comments and questions
Dr Eddy Bajrovic and Dr Jennifer Sisson
4.15pm – 4.45pm Yellow fever test
Short MCQ paper
Dr Eddy Bajrovic and Dr Jennifer Sisson
4.45pm – 5pm What happens now?
Yellow fever approval process New Zealand and Australia, closing remarks
Dr Eddy Bajrovic and Dr Jennifer Sisson
Convenors: Professor Bruce Gummow and A/Professor Richard Franklin
(Rose Bay Room)
3.45pm – 4.15pm Rabies spread in our neighbourhood and prepareness in northern Australia
Professor Michael Ward
4.15pm – 4.30pm Q-Fever
A/Professor Peter Massey
4.30pm – 4.45pm Q-Fever cont.
A/Professor Nicholas Wood
4.45pm – 5pm Panel session on the future of OneHealth and its impact

VIEW The Practice of Travel Medicine Workshop here

VIEW Yellow Fever Workshop here

VIEW One Health Workshop here

*These workshop sessions are for those that have registered to attend the Practice of Travel Medicine Workshop, Yellow Fever Workshop and/or One Health Zoonoses workshops – you will be required to sign in for these sessions.

** Disclaimer: The Yellow Fever Workshop whilst providing a very comprehensive guideline for practitioners wishing to give Yellow Fever vaccination, does not ensure accreditation by Australian health authorities.

Sunday 8 September 2019 - Plenary Sessions
(Pre-function Area)
8am – 8.50am A Triad of Syndromes – Investigating Eosinophilia, Fever, Rash in the Returned Traveller
Dr Sarah McGuiness
9am – 10.30am The ‘WISEwords’ Talks
Chair: Professor Marc Shaw
9am – 10.30am WISEwords: Short presentations involving “Wisdom, Innovation, Stimulation, Entertainment” in Travel Medicine, including “Ideas to stimulate the brain from those whose brains stimulate”
Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith, Professor Leo Visser, Professor Kevin Kain, Professor Nick Zwar, Dr Eddy Bajrovic, Dr Peter Hall and Dr Jennifer Sissons
10.30am – 11am MORNING TEA
(Pre-function Area)
11am – 12.30pm CLOSING PLENARY:
Applying the knowledge of Travel Medicine for the Greater Good
Chairs: A/Professor Bernard Hudson and Dr Jennifer Sisson
11am – 11.30am Malaria chemoprophylaxis – Tafenoquine
Professor Kevin Kain
11.30am – 12noon The Migrant Traveller
Professor Anita Heywood
12noon – 12.30pm Travellers diarrhoea, antibiotic resistant bacteria and the microbiome
Professor Leo Visser
12.30pm – 12.45pm CLOSING SESSION:
Chair, Scientific Programm Committee: A/Professor Bernard Hudson

Please Note: There may be slight changes to the program to accommodate the requests and needs of presenters and participants.

SCTMC 2019 Registration Fees

Registration Categories Early Bird
Until 30 June 2019
1 July – 24 August
25 August Onwards
Full Conference Registration $750.00 $850.00 $950.00
ACTM Member $675.00 $765.00 $855.00
Full-time Student $250.00 $350.00 $450.00
Day Pass: Friday or Sunday Only $200.00 $250.00 $300.00
ACTM Member $150.00 $200.00 $250.00
Full-time Student $120.00 $170.00 $220.00
Day Pass: Saturday Only $650.00 $750.00 $850.00
ACTM Member $450.00 $550.00 $650.00
Full-time Student $200.00 $300.00 $400.00
Yellow Fever Workshop Only $400.00 $450.00 $500.00
ACTM Member $250.00 $300.00 $350.00
Full-time Student $150.00 $200.00 $250.00
The Practice of Travel Medicine… Workshop $250.00 $300.00 $350.00
ACTM Member $200.00 $250.00 $300.00
Full-time Student $120.00 $170.00 $220.00

All registration fees include GST.

Refer to Terms & Conditions for Cancellation Policy

ACTM Member rates available for existing college members only. Students must present a valid, full-time student card with photo ID on arrival to be eligible. Any students who are unable to present valid ID will be turned away. Day pass and full conference registration prices include all catering breaks per program. Workshop registration price includes lunch and coffee break catering only in conjunction with workshop times. Discounted rates available for 3 or more registrations: Save $50 off full conference price per person/ $25 off Workshop only price per person. For groups of 10 or more, please contact the event organisers.

Discounted rates for nurses are available: Please contact the Conference Secretariat for further information by calling (02) 9954 4400 or email

Event Coordinator: Dr Conferences, Julie Pham
P: 61 2 9954 4400

Conference Venue


Australia’s biggest, oldest; most cosmopolitan and exciting city has a style of its own. Endowed with natural beauty, inspiring arts and culture, a dynamic dining scene, exuberant spirit and near perfect climate, Sydney is one of the world’s most unforgettable places to explore.

Sydney is abundant with natural assets – national parks, botanic gardens, pristine waterways and plenty of green space, there are endless ways to enjoy the outdoors in Sydney after business activities.

Sydney is Australia’s iconic face to the world, home to the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour.


From climbing Sydney’s most iconic landmark the Sydney Harbour bridge, to having a swim in Sydney’s Bondi Beach Sydney has so much to offer. We’ve put together some of our favourite must-dos in Sydney.

For further information on the many attractions you can experience in Sydney please click here.


Sydney is one of the most eclectic food capitals in the world, with diverse, fresh and creative cuisines to be savoured. Our restaurants span the full spectrum when it comes to catering for different tastes and budgets. Check out this great guide to some of the local favourites.


We have secured rooms at the conference venue as and another hotel close by to the with discounted rates exclusively for attendees of the conference. Please see instructions on how book.

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour

Address: 68 Harbour Street Darling Harbour NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9291 0200
Room Type: Superior King Room
Rate: $189 per night
Inclusions: Room only. Additional breakfast $20.
To book, please email or call the hotel directly on 02 9291 0200. Please ensure you quote group name: AC4.

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Address: 150 Day Street Darling Harbour NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9261 1188
Room Type: Superior Room
Rate: $270 per night
Inclusions: Daily Full Buffet Breakfast included for 1. Additional breakfast $25.
To book, please visit:

Learn more about the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour here

View PARKROYAL e-brochure here

Conveniently located in the heart of Sydney, let PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney spark a beautiful love affair between you and this Australian city. Take a stroll down to the picturesque Cockle Bay, and enjoy a cuppa at one of its quaint cafés. For an authentically Aussie cultural immersion, head to the galleries and museums at The Rocks.
The nearby shopping precinct of Harbourside and Pitt Street Mall offer a chance to indulge in some retail therapy. From beautiful local beaches to fresh seafood, let our PARKROYAL people help you unravel the heart and soul of all the things to do in Sydney.
Explore our local Darling Harbour precinct on foot and download a Darling Harbour map

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney where business meets pleasure , connects you with the heart of Sydney and offers a modern and stylish venue with an abundance of natural light in the pre-function areas; 8 meeting & event spaces and over 550 square meters of flexible space catering for 2 to 300 guests. All our meeting rooms showcase the latest in audio-visual technology, including integrated sound systems, projectors and Wi-Fi access.

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney provides 340 – 4.5* guest accommodation rooms and suites including Club Rooms with Club Lounge access for breakfast, evening canapés and drinks while serving all day refreshments.

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour’s ABODE Bistro and Bar, located on the corner of Day and Bathurst Streets Sydney and set in an invigorating multi spaced interior that draws upon natural earthy tones mixed with striking carpets from Catherine Martin against Florence Broadhurst signature wallpaper. Guests will be able to make themselves at home across various spaces throughout the venue including a lounge, sports bar and decking area as well as stylish and modern dining room.

Other facilities include business centre, gymnasium with easy access to the International Convention Centre and nearby attractions in Darling Harbour, Town Hall station, Sydney CBD and easy access to Sydney domestic & international airports.

Airport Transfers

Limousine Service – Limousine Services (sedan, based on 3 people travelling with luggage) can be booked with the Hotel Concierge, the cost is $90 one – way  Credit Card details are required to secure limousine bookings and the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour can assist with bookings.

Taxi – Taxis are readily available at the airport terminals, the cost is generally around $45 – $55 one way

Shuttle Bus Services – AIRBUS or Redy2GO are readily available outside all the airport terminals, the cost is $22 per person one way or $44 a return ticket. Shuttles services cannot be pre-booked from the Airport to the Hotel but can be arranged from the Information Desk at the arrivals terminal (Approximate Travel Time 45 – 60 Minutes)

Passengers arriving at Domestic Terminal need to make their way to the bus stop, which is located between Terminal 2 and 3. The buses leave the bus stop every 30 minutes.
Passengers arriving at International terminal need to proceed to meeting point, located between gates B and C.

Trains – leave the Domestic & International Airport every 15 minutes. The cost from Domestic Airport – Single $16.40, Return $32.80. The cost from International Airport – Single $17.20, Return $34.40 – The Domestic rail station is located directly between T2 and T3 and is accessible from within the terminals from the arrivals level hall – The International rail station is located at the northern end of the terminal and is accessible from the arrivals level.

At the city/ hotel end you will need to alight at Town Hall train station, at the ground level of the train station look for the Bathurst Street exit. On Bathurst Street turn right down the hill, the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour is the last building on the right before you enter Darling Harbour. It is a two-block walk to the hotel. (Approximate walk time 2 Minutes from the station to the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour)

Car Parking

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney offers valet parking at $65.00 per car per 24 hours – bookings are required as space is dependent on our availability

There are also a number of Public Parking Stations in our area.

  1. CENTRO CINEMA Centre Car Park – over 200 hundred parking spaces
    Entrance: 521 Kent Street or Sussex street – a 2 minute walk from the hotel
    We can offer a self-parking option of $38.00 per car per 24 hours – attached are the costs if they exit throughout the day. They bring their car parking ticket to our reception and we give another exit card and they pay us the costs. OR guests can pay their own way on exiting the car park
    Visit Centro Cinema Centre Car Park website
  1. WILSON Parking – over 200 hundred parking spaces
    Entrance:  11 Harbour Street a 2 minute walk from the hotel

Visit Wilson Parking website

  1. Secure Parking – Over 150 parking places
    Entrance: 1 Dixon Street a 5 minute walk from the hotel
    Visit Secure Parking website

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