Friday 6 – Sunday 8 September 2019

PARKROYAL, Darling Harbour, 150 Day Street, Sydney

The 2018 Southern Cross Travel Medicine Conference was a huge success. Over 160 people came together to learn, discuss and share information about travel and tropical medicine.

This year will be even bigger and better with both local and international leaders in their field coming to speak to you in beautiful Sydney. Be sure not to miss out. Register here and save the date for Friday 6 – Sunday 8 September 2019. 

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
1pm – 1:50pm REGISTRATION
1:50pm – 2pm OPENING SESSION:
Chair, Scientific Program Committee: Dr Bernard Hudson;
Opening by College President, Professor Geoff Quail, OAM
‘To Vaccinate, or NOT to vaccinate; a Rhetorical Question!’
Chair: Dr Bernard Hudson
2pm – 2.30pm Rabid Rampant Rabies: an Update
Professor Kevin Kain
2.30pm – 3pm Here’s Hope! Dengue fever vaccination now and into the future
Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith
3pm – 3.30pm Vaccination and limits of the immune system
Professor Leo Visser
3.30pm – 3.45pm AFTERNOON TEA
3.45pm – 4.45pm PLENARY:
Aerospace Medicine
Chair: Professor Peter Leggat
3.45pm – 4.15pm Airline clearance of travellers
4.15pm – 4.45pm Robert Steffen Lecture

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

Saturday 7 September 2019 - Preliminary Plenary Sessions
8am – 8.45am Common problems amongst travellers: Case studies
Professor Nick Zwar
9am – 10.30am PLENARY SESSION:
Chair: Professor Peter Leggat
9am – 9.30am The Endgame of Polio
Professor Leo Visser
9.30am – 10am Tick-borne Disease: ‘on the way back!’
Dr Bernard Hudson
10am – 10.30am Neglected Tropical Diseases and ‘the traveller’
Professor Joe Torresi
10.30am – 11am MORNING TEA
Chair: Professor Joe Torresi
11am – 11.30am Darwin awards in Travel Medicine
Professor Kevin Kain
11.30am – 11.45am PPP: Jet Lag
Professor Peter Leggat
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
1.30pm – 3.15pm TRAVEL VACCINES
Chair: Professor Marc Shaw
1.30pm – 2pm Vaccine Prioritising: on consideration of epidemiology and severity of disease
2pm – 2.15pm PPP: Vaccination and the HIV positive traveller
Professor Joe Torresi
2.15pm – 2.45pm Immunogenicity of Yellow Fever vaccines: does fractional dosing work?
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?
3.15pm – 3.45pm AFTERNOON TEA
3.45pm – 5pm Non-Communicable Disease
Chair: Professor Nick Zwar
3.45pm – 4.14pm When NOT to go into the water
Professor Kevin Kain
4.15pm – 5pm Dengue vaccines – current status
Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith
Saturday 7 September 2019 - Preliminary Plenary Workshops
8am – 8.45am Common problems amongst travellers: Case studies
Professor Nick Zwar
9am – 12.30pm PLENARY WORKSHOP:
9am – 9.30am SKIN – the barrier to protect us? Blisters, wounds, bites, stings, sunburn, frost bite, ticks, thrush…
9.30am – 10am 15 minutes – Buggar, I’ve Been Bitten!’ RABIES – UP TO DATE!
20 minutes – Case Studies – Experiences Abroad – Open discussion on Rabies
10am – 10.30am Safety and Security – Hot Tips for Travellers
10.30am – 11am MORNING TEA
11am – 11.20am Preparing the Diabetic Traveller
11.20am – 11.40am Preparing the GAP Volunteer
11.40am – 12noon How to prevent bringing more than your luggage back with you. Dengue, Zika, Chik, STI, Pertussis, Measles.
12noon – 12.30pm Travel-Related Product: How to Purify Water – in all its phases!
12.30pm – 1.30pm LUNCH
Convenor: Eddy Bajrovic
1.30pm – 1.45pm Why all the fuss and why am I here? A Short history of yellow fever and the need for approval
1.45pm – 2.15pm What is yellow fever? Epidemiology transmission and clinical features
2.15pm – 2.45pm The legalities: Revised International Health Regulations and how they apply to Yellow Fever
2.45pm – 3.15pm I wouldn’t give it to my mother…: Yellow fever vaccine – indications, contraindications and adverse events
3.15pm – 3.45pm AFTERNOON TEA
Convenor: Dr Eddy Bajrovic
3.45pm – 4.15pm Putting the pieces together: Case studies, comments and questions
4.15pm – 4.45pm Yellow fever test
Short MCQ paper
4.45pm – 5pm What happens now?
Yellow fever approval process, closing remarks

*These workshop sessions are for those that have registered to attend the Practice of Travel Medicine Workshop and/or Yellow Fever Workshop – you will be required to sign in for this session.

Sunday 8 September 2019
8am – 8.50am A Triad of Syndromes – Investigating Eosinophilia, Fever, Rash in the Returned Traveller
Dr Sarah McGuinness
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, Claire Wong and Dr Jennifer Sissons
10.30am – 11am MORNING TEA
11am – 12.30pm CLOSING PLENARY:
Applying the knowledge of Travel Medicine for the Greater Good
Chair: Professor Bernard Hudson
11am – 11.30am Malaria chemoprophylaxis – Tafenoquine
Professor Kevin Kain
11.30am – 12noon The Migrant Traveller
12noon – 12.30pm Travellers diarrhoea, antibiotic resistant bacteria and the microbiome
Professor Leo Visser
12.30pm – 12.45pm CLOSING SESSION:
Chair, Scientific Programm Committee: Dr Bernard Hudson
12.45m – 1.45pm LUNCH (own arrangements)

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

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 \Vorkshop only price per person. For groups of 10 or more, please contact the event organisers.

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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