Friday 6 – Sunday 8 September 2019

PARKROYAL, Darling Harbour, 150 Day Street, Sydney


Introducing our 2019 Speakers

Dr Eddy Bajrovic

Medical Director, Travelvax Australia, Perth

Learn about Dr Bajrovic

Dr. Eddy Bajrovic, MBBS is a respected Medical practitioner from Perth, Western Australia.

A member of ISTM since 1998, he has served as Medical Director of Travelvax Australia since 2008. Eddy has always had a strong involvement in teaching. During his time as a director of the Perth Division of General Practice from 1995-1998, Eddy was responsible for the provision of GP educational programs.

In 2010, Eddy spent a month in Tanzania, undertaking a short course in tropical medicine, visiting local medical centres and hospitals and took the opportunity to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. In March 2016), Eddy spent 4 weeks in Nepal and climbed Mera Peak (6,400m asl).

Dr Russel Brown

Learn about Dr Brown

Completed medicine at Sydney University graduating in 1999. Following residency worked in the RAAF for 6 years, with postings in Canberra, Townsville and Amberley. Then private general practice in Melbourne, until commencing with Qantas Group in 2010. Current airline medical role covers crew and passenger health, occupational ground health, alcohol and other drug program and travel medicine.

Tonia Buzzolini

National Operations Manager, Travelvax Australia

Learn about Tonia Buzzolini

Tonia has an extensive knowledge in travel medicine gained while working at Travelvax Australia for the past 17 years, most recently as the National Operations Manager. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, she passed the International Society of Travel Medicine’s Certificate of Travel Health in 2005, and was a contributing author to the ‘The Practical Compendium of Immunisations for International Travel’; Springer 2015.

As part of her role as National Operations Manager for Travelvax she is responsible for devising education modules, standard protocols and operating procedures pertaining to the practice of travel medicine. In addition to organising and presenting at the annual national Travelvax conference, she has frequently been asked to speak to healthcare professionals on the topic of travel medicine, including for the Australian GPCE & Australian Practice Nurse Association meetings in NSW, the Worldwise Travellers Health and Vaccination Centres national conference in New Zealand in 2015 and, most recently, she was invited by Primary Health Tasmania to speak to GP and nurse audiences on a tour in May.

Dr Ian Cheng

Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney

Learn about Dr Cheng

Ian is a Staff Specialist in Occupational & Environmental Medicine based at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He also conducts a private practice in Aviation and Occupational Medicine. Ian previously held fractional specialist appointments at QANTAS Aviation Medical Services, IBM and CASA Aviation Medicine.

Ian is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, an academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Ian is currently an elected council member of ISTM’s Travel for Work interest group. He is also the Immediate Past-President of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ASAM) where he feels privileged to have been given the opportunity to contribute to ASAM through his breadth of aviation medicine experience that ranges from commercial airline operations, regulator involvement to being a very active CASA designated aviation medical examiner.

A/Prof Richard Franklin

Associate Professor of Public Health at James Cook University, Australia in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences.

Learn about A/Prof Franklin

Richard Franklin FPHAA FARL has a PhD in public health and is currently Associate Professor of Public Health at James Cook University, Australia in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. He is Director of the World Safety Organization Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, James Cook University as-well-as on the boards for the Public Health Association of Australia, Auschem and Farmsafe Queensland. He is the Co-convenor of the Injury Prevention SIG of the PHAA. His research interests’ focus around public health in injury prevention, specifically around drowning prevention, farm safety, workplace health and safety, rural road safety, masculinity, alcohol & drugs, travel and disasters. He teaches into the Master of Public Health around foundation public health issues, management and workplace health and safety. He supervises a range of masters and doctorate students in public health.

Prof Stephen Graves

Medical microbiologist and Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA).

Learn about Prof Groves

Stephen R. Graves is a medical microbiologist and Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA). He is Chair of the RCPA Faculty of Science.

Twenty years ago he established the Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory (ARRL) as a boutique, not-for-profit, microbiology diagnostic and research laboratory, located at University Hospital Geelong, Victoria. He is the Approved Pathology Provider (APP) for this laboratory which specializes in diagnosing infections transmitted by ectoparasites such as ticks, lice, fleas and mites. In Australia these infections are mainly rickettsial and Q Fever (Coxiella burnetii). He was involved in the discovery of Flinders Island Spotted Fever (Rickettsia honei) and has had a new rickettsia, found in the kangaroo tick (Amblyomma triguttatum), named after him (Rickettsia gravesii). He is involved in the development of new vaccines against Q Fever, for use in goats and humans.

He continues to work part-time as a senior staff specialist in microbiology at Nepean Hospital in Penrith, NSW.

Professor Bruce Gummow

Specialist, Veterinary Preventative Medicine (Epidemiology)

Learn about Prof Gummow

Professor Bruce Gummow is a registered specialist in Veterinary Preventative Medicine (Epidemiology) and a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Public Health with European certification as a specialist in population medicine. He is also recognised as a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM) due to his interest in One Health and zoonotic diseases. He is currently heading the section of Veterinary Preventative Medicine at James Cook University and chairs the steering committee on One Health in the ACTM.

He holds a dual appointment with the University of Pretoria in South Africa where he is an Extraordinary Professor and has taught for many years at their Faculty of Veterinary Science. He is recognised as a leading scientist in South Africa by the National Research Foundation and is one of their top rated scientists. He is also a registered specialist with the South African Veterinary Council and Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

In addition, he Chairs the reseach and postgraduate committee in the Discipline of Veterinary Science, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences and is their Academic Advisor for Veterinary Postgraduate Studies. He also serves on several other JCU committees and is a senior staff member at JCU and a member of the Veterinary Science Executive management team.

His other activities include being an external examiner for the epidemiology Fellowship exams of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and member of the examiners committee for the VPH management programme at the University of Sydney.

Dr Peter Hall

Founder and owner of Whangaparaoa Family Doctors

Learn about Dr Hall

Peter trained at Auckland Medical School before completing a Diploma in Obstetrics and then going on to gain his Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Peter enjoys looking after families and is now seeing some of the babies he delivered growing up to have children of their own. His special interests are ADHD and travel medicine, as well as doing minor surgery. Peter is the founder and owner of Whangaparaoa Family Doctors and has expanded the practice to include a very impressive team of General Practitioners.

A/Professor Anita Heywood

A/Professor and Director of Teaching, Public Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Learn about Anita Heywood

Anita Heywood is an Associate Professor in Public Health at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW, Sydney and Director of Teaching. She is an infectious disease epidemiologist whose research focuses on three key areas: vaccine-preventable disease epidemiology; travel-associated infectious disease risks; and migrant, refugee and international traveller immunisation gaps. She has led several large-scale research projects including airport studies of departing Australian and international travellers and their risk behaviours, an enhanced surveillance study of Australians with travel-associated infectious diseases and a population immunity study, estimating susceptibility to vaccine-preventable diseases among university students. Previously, she held a policy role at Australia’s National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), supporting the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on new vaccine submissions. She is a council member of the Migrant and Refugee Health Interest group of the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Associate Professor Heywood is Director of Teaching at SPHCM with oversite across undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in public health, international public health, health management and infectious disease intelligence. She convenes Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health and Immunisation Policy and Practice in the Master of Public Health program.

Marion Howie

Nurse, Occupational Health and Immunisation

Learn about Marion Howie

When Marion and her husband blew all their ‘house’ money to travel with their two and a half children in a camper van around Britain and Europe, on their way to work in a mission hospital in Nepal, the seeds were sown for the family to become keen travellers and for Marion to switch from school teaching to a more medically orientated career. Since training as a nurse, she has been a specialist in Occupational Health and Immunisation and has taken to Travel Medicine like a duck to water, working at Worldwise in Auckland. Not for them the cathedrals, art galleries and museums, being keen cyclists, the family holidays are now cycling centric, and they have explored Myanmar, Vietnam, India and parts of Europe as well as one by one ‘knocking off’ the many beautiful trails in New Zealand……all handy experiences when advising people about staying healthy on their travels.

A/Prof Bernard Hudson


Learn about A/Prof Hudson

Associate Professor School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sciences at James Cook University, Townsville. Clinical Microbiologist/Infectious Diseases Physician. Clinical Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases at Sydney University. Director of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney Australia.

He worked as specialist physician in PNG (5 years), where he was a member of national committee introducing short course treatments for TB/leprosy, edited standard treatment guidelines, investigated disease outbreaks, implemented control programs in rural areas. He has been involved in travel health for over 30 years, having been a pioneer in the field in Australia. Since 1988 he has been the founding director of Travel Health Advisor, formerly known in ANZ as MASTA, a subscription based travel health database/website service for doctors and health professionals.

He has worked on health projects and initiatives as a consultant to private and public sector organisations and governments in developing countries. Interests and areas of activity, apart from day-to-day laboratory microbiology and clinical infectious diseases include, inter alia, appropriate diagnostic tests and algorithms for developing countries, vectorborne diseases, onehealth initiatives and travel health and vaccination.

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

Learn about Prof Kane

Dr. Kain is the Director, SAR Laboratories, Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health, UHN-Toronto General Hospital, Director, Tropical Disease Unit at the UHN-Toronto General Hospital, a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and holds a Canada Research Chair. Dr. Kain received his medical degree (cum laude) from the University of Western Ontario, undertook his residency training at the University of British Columbia, and post-doctoral research training as a Senior Research Associate at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington DC, working on the 1st generation of malaria vaccines. Dr. Kain has worked extensively in the topics including New Guinea, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Madagascar, Honduras, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia and the Amazon basin. He is the recipient of the C. Woolf Award for the Excellence in Teaching from the University of Toronto, a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Young Investigators Award from the Canadian Infectious Disease Society, and Bailey K Ashford Medal from the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, awarded for distinguished work in tropical medicine; and the Sornchai Looareesuwan Medal, from Mahidol University in Bangkok in 2015 for leadership and research accomplishments in malaria. Dr Kain was profiled by TIME magazine as one of “Canada’s Best in Medicine”. He also received the: Fred Barrett Lectureship, University of Tennessee; Distinguished Global Health Service Award, University of California (2006); John Evans Lectureship in Global Health (2006); The Henry and Sylvia Wong Lectureship In Medicine, MacMaster University (2006), 2005 Forbes Lectureship, University of Melbourne, Australia (2005), and the University Health Network “Inventor of the Year” Award (2003). He has served as a board member or consultant to many organizations including the Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, WHO, Red Cross, Canadian Blood Services, and the CDC.

Dr. Kain’s research efforts are focused on developing a translational research program that characterizes host-parasite interactions responsible for major global infectious disease threats, particularly as they pertain to women and children. Dr Kain’s efforts are also focused on global equity, knowledge sharing and education, including the transfer of appropriate technologies and the training of research scientists in the developing world, enabling and empowering them to address their own problems in a sustainable fashion.

A/Professor Colleen Lau

NHMRC Fellow, Research School of Population Health; Clinician

Learn about A/Prof Lau

Associate Prof Colleen Lau is a clinician with special interest in travel medicine and infectious disease epidemiology. She is currently an NHMRC Fellow at the Research School of Population Health, Australian National University.  In addition to her medical qualifications and FRACGP, she holds a Certificate of Travel Health (ISTM), Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology.

Colleen’s research interests include travel medicine, emerging infectious diseases, and neglected tropical diseases.  Her travel medicine research has included studies on travel vaccines, malaria prophylaxis, and the health and wellbeing of travellers.  Another area of expertise is the eco-epidemiology of leptospirosis, and the impact of global environmental change (including climate change, flooding, population growth, urbanisation, agricultural intensification, and biodiversity loss) on the transmission dynamics of this disease.

Professor Peter Leggat AM

James Cook University, Townsville

Learn about Prof Leggat

Professor Peter A. Leggat, AM, ADC, is co-Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases (VBDs & NTDs) at James Cook University, Townsville. He is Acting Honorary Secretary and Past President, The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM), and Dean, Faculty of Travel Medicine, ACTM. He is also President-Elect of the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Professor Leggat has published more than 500 journal papers, 30 books and directories, and 90 chapters, and presented more than 400 papers at national and international conferences. A former Fulbright Scholar, he has consulted with or assisted as an External Expert for various organisations, including the Australian Defence Force, the Tertiary Education Qualiy and Standards Agency (Australia), the Therapeutic Goods Administration (Australia) and the WHO. His JCU profile is available at:

Professor Peter Massey

Clinical Nurse Consultant and Program Manager, Hunter New England Local Health District

Learn about Prof Massey

Peter Massey is a Clinical Nurse Consultant and Program Manager for Health Protection with Hunter New England Population Health. He has worked in public health in rural/regional NSW for over 30 years and has expertise in immunisation, communicable disease control, zoonoses, public health emergencies and Aboriginal health. Peter brings a strong rural and equity focus to all aspects of public health and experience in research capacity building and community based research.

Peter currently has 90 publications and more than $2.4mill. in grants.

Peter leads a team of Clinical Nurse Consultants, Public Health Physicians and other Public Health staff in the control of communicable diseases for the Hunter New England Local Health District. Peter has strengths in mixed methods research, translational research, and has operational research experience across a range of public health issues.

Dr Sarah McGuinness

Infectious diseases physician, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne

Learn about Dr McGuinness

Dr Sarah McGuinness is an infectious diseases physician with special interests in travel medicine and infectious disease epidemiology. Sarah leads a hospital-based travel medicine clinic at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne that provides care for patients with complex medical needs including solid organ and bone marrow transplant recipients and patients living with HIV.

In addition to her medical qualifications, Sarah holds a Certificate in Travel Health (ISTM) and a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She teaches in the Monash University Master of Public Health program, and along with Professor Karin Leder and Associate Professor Mike Starr, runs an annual Travel Medicine Masterclass in Melbourne.

Caroline Nash

Clinical Manager, Aspen Medical

Learn about Caroline Nash

Caroline Nash is a Clinical Manager for Aspen Medical, an Australian Global Health Care Provider. Caroline has postgraduate qualifications in Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Infection Prevention and Control, Travel Medicine and Immunisation practice. Caroline has undertaken a number of overseas deployments to the Pacific region and to Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak. She has studied tropical medicine internationally and has a special interest in Rabies, having co-authored a Rabies Awareness brochure for travellers.

Caroline is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (FACTM) and a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FFTM). Caroline is passionate about educating travellers and health professionals about all aspects of travel medicine. Caroline was elected on to the steering committee of the ISTM Nurses Professional Group (NPG) in 2016 and currently holds the position of Chair Elect.

Professor Robert Norton

Director of Microbiology at Townsville Hospital, Queensland

Learn about Dr Norton

Dr Robert Norton graduated in Medicine in 1980 and has worked in a variety of clinical positions including five years in Australian indigenous communities. He trained in Microbiology at the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science in Adelaide. In his current capacity as Director of Microbiology at Townsville Hospital, Queensland, he has collaborated with researchers locally and nationally on projects relating to melioidosis, rheumatic fever, invasive group A streptococcal disease and Q-fever.

Professor Geoffrey Quail OAM

President of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM)

Learn about Prof Quail

Professor Geoffrey Quail is currently President of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM). He was previously a Unit Head at Monash Health for many years and Consultant in tropical medicine and medical education in the RAAF (Specialist Reserve). He holds degrees from Melbourne, Liverpool and Toronto Universities and academic appointments at Melbourne and Monash Universities since 1961.

Geoff is the author of three books and over 30 articles in the medical literature.

Lisa Scotland

Director of Worldwise Travellers Health and Vaccination Centre, Palmerston North and Whanganui, New Zealand

Learn about Lisa Scotland

Lisa Scotland is the Director of Worldwise Travellers Health and Vaccination Centre in Palmerston North and Whanganui, New Zealand. She is nurse specialist in Travel Medicine with a special interest in women’s health and sexual health. She has been fortunate enough to have travelled to many parts of the world for both work and pleasure and this has only increased her passion for travel and travel medicine.

Lisa is an authorised yellow fever vaccinator through the Ministry of Health. Her focus is to provide travellers with knowledge to enable them to make informed choices and enjoy their travel as much as possible. Travel medicine is becoming more complex as our travellers go to more diverse and high
risk locations.

Prof Marc Shaw

Professor of College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Australia

Learn about Prof Shaw

Professor Marc Shaw is Professor College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Australia. A Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice, he was a GP for 15 years before specialising in travel and tropical medicine and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine from Glasgow, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine and Expedition Medicine from the same College.

In 2008 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was a recipient of the Inaugural Award for Travel Medicine from the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. He has research interests in all aspects of travel and geographic medicine, as well as a practical interest in expeditions to re-mote regions. Currently he is Medical Director of Worldwise Travellers Health Centres of New Zealand.

Dr Jennifer Sisson

Chief Medical Officer, The Travel Doctor TMVC

Learn about Dr Sisson

Dr Jennifer Sisson is currently the Chief Medical Officer of The Travel Doctor TMVC. She has worked in the areas of travel, occupationation and tropical  medicine for over 20 years.

She originally trained as a GP and combined both General Practice and travel medicine for 10 years. Now she solely works in this area.

Jennifer obtained  a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from James Cook University.  She is a fellow of both RACGP and ACTM (Australian College of Tropical Medicine)  and belongs to the International Society of Travel Medicine and ANZSOM (ANZ  Society of Occ Medicine).

Currently she  works mainly in the areas of travel consultations, medical assessments for pre-deployment, offshore workers and commercial divers. She also advised multiple companies on requirements for employees and contractors based overseas..  She has designed the doctor training programme for SHP for Travel Medicine , regularly trains doctors and gives lectures at conferences in Australia and overseas.

Professor Joe Torresi

Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne

Learn about Prof Torresi

Prof Torresi is an infectious diseases physician at Knox Private hospital, Boronia, Epworth Eastern hospital, Box Hill, Peninsular Private hospital and the Austin hospital Hepatitis Service, Heidelberg Victoria. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and has a PhD in Microbiology. Prof Torresi heads the travel medicine service at Eastern Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine in Boronia. He was the former Australian director for the GeoSentinel Surveillance network, immediate past chair of the ISTM Publications Committee the current chair of the Older Travellers Special Interest group and Section editor, Older Travelers, Journal of Travel Medicine.

Prof Torresi has over 25 years of experience as an infectious disease physician and is an international leader in travel medicine and multi-centre collaborative research projects. He currently heads the Hepatitis Virology Research laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Peter Doherty Institute, the University of Melbourne with over 20 years of experience as a molecular virologist and with projects in hepatitis B and C, dengue, influenza and viral hepatitis induced liver cancer. His HCV vaccine research has been funded through NHMRC, ARC, Australia-India Biotechnology Fund and ACH2.

He is the author of over 150 publications including original papers, reviews and book chapters and books. He has been a member of ISTM since 1997 and is the former chair of the Viral Hepatitis SIG of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases. He was the chair of 3rd Southern Cross Conference of Travel Medicine 2018 (Australian College of Travel Medicine) and former chair of the 2nd Southern Cross Conference of Travel Medicine 2017. He has served on several scientific committees including those of CISTM8, CISTM9 and was associate chair CISTM10, Chair of the 4th Regional ISTM, (APICTM 2008), Co-chair, 7th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, 2010. His works have 6967 citations and he has a h-Index of 46.

Professor Leo Visser

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

Learn about Prof Visser

Professor Leo Visser studied medicine at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He specialized in Infectious Diseases at the Leiden University Medical Center, where he obtained his PhD (1997). The title of his doctoral thesis reads: ‘Virulence Proteins of Yersinia enterocolitica inhibit antimicrobial functions of professional phagocytes’. He was appointed as Professor in Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine in 2014. The title of his inaugural lecture was: ‘I’m going on a journey, and I’m taking with me …’

For more than 20 years, Professor Visser is involved in clinical care, research, teaching and training in internal medicine and infectious diseases, with the emphasis on vaccinology, vaccine-preventable and tropical diseases, travel medicine and global health.

He is head of the LUMC travel clinic, which is a reference centre for travel medicine and vaccination in The Netherlands.

Professor Visser holds a position as Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the LUMC.

Professor Visser holds several positions at national and international committees and scientific organizations. Currently, Professor Visser is the President of the International Society of Travel Medicine and member of the European Expert Committee for Travel Medicine. In the past he was, amongst others, member of the steering committee of TropNet, the European Network on the Surveillance of Imported Infectious Diseases ( and chairman of the National Coordination Centre for Travellers’ Health Advice (LCR).

His current research activities involve vaccination responses in immunosuppressed hosts, immune response to yellow fever vaccine in elderly, alternative vaccination routes, and immunogenicity and safety of intradermally administered rabies vaccines. Malaria vaccine research is performed in close collaboration with the Department of Parasitology (LUMC) and Radboud Universtiy of Nijmegen with special emphasis on the search for biomarkers of protection in the controlled human malaria infection model.

Professor Michael Ward

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

A/Professor Nicholas Wood

Staff specialist general paediatrician and Associate Professor and Academic Lead (Higher Degree Research) in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at The University of Sydney

Learn about A/Professor Wood

Nicholas Wood is a staff specialist general paediatrician and Associate Professor and Academic Lead (Higher Degree Research) in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at The University of Sydney. He holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. He leads the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service and coordinates the Immunisation Adverse Events Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He is interested in maternal and neonatal immunisation, as well as research into Q fever, vaccine safety, including genetics and long-term outcomes of adverse events following immunisation.

Claire Wong

Travel Health Specialist Nurse, Worldwise Travellers Health Centre, Palmerston North

Learn about Claire Wong

Claire’s travel medicine career began in 1996 when she took a locum job in a London based travel clinic simply because it sounded interesting and the hours didn’t include shift work! Little did she know that travel medicine would take over as a major focus in her life. 

Since this time Claire has worked in several specialist travel clinics in the United Kingdom, gaining a Diploma in Travel Health and Medicine along the way. She then became a Specialist Nurse at the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) in 2002, a position she held for over 10 years. This role allowed her to gain experience working at a national level, setting standards in travel medicine, and supporting other practitioners by providing a telephone advice line. Whilst there she sat the ISTM Certificate in Travel Health® exam, gained an MSc in International and Travel Health and became a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow.

In 2013, Claire relocated to New Zealand where she worked as a Travel Health Specialist at Worldwise Travellers Health, Auckland for four years before joining the team at Worldwise Palmerston North.

Professor Nick Zwar

Vice President, Australian Health Advisory Group

Learn about Professor Zwar

Professor Nick Zwar MBBS, MPH, FRACGP, FACTM, CTM has been involved in travel medicine for more than 25 years from a clinical, teaching and research perspective. He has been involved in research on travellers visiting friends and relatives, as well as hepatitis A and hepatitis B risk behaviours and vaccination. Nick was a founding member of the Australian Health Advisory Group and currently serves as the group’s vice president. He has written a regular column on travel medicine for Australian Doctor for more than 20 years.

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