Friday 6 – Sunday 8 September 2019

PARKROYAL, Darling Harbour, 150 Day Street, Sydney


Introducing our 2019 Speakers

Dr Eddy Bajrovic

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).

After spending several years travelling and working in hospital placements, Eddy settled on a career in his passion – general practice. Part-time, he is a sought-after presenter at Travel Medicine meetings around the world.

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.

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.

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

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

James Cook University, Townsville

Learn about Prof Leggat

Professor Peter A. Leggat, AM, 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 President, The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM), and Dean, Faculty of Travel Medicine, ACTM. He is also Secretary-Treasurer 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. The WHOCC assists the WHO in furthering their efforts to control or eliminate are range of VBDs and NTDs, endemic in the region.

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.

Lisa Scotland

Nurse Specialist and Director of Worldwise Travellers Health and Vaccination Centre

Learn about Lisa Scotland

Lisa is a travel nurse specialist with a special interest in women’s health and sexual health.

She set up the Worldwise Traveller’s Health clinic in Palmerston North in 2009 She is now the sole director of the Palmerston North and Whanganui clinics.

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 in New Zealand.  

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 locations and often high risk. Managing this risk is often challenging.

She has recently returned from the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) Conference in Washington DC. She is an active member of the ISTM Nurse Professional Group and presented at the South East Asian pre-conference workshop.

Lisa’s enjoys passing on her knowledge to others after attending international and national conferences.

Professor Marc Shaw

Worldwise Travel Health & Vaccination Centre, Auckland

Learn about Prof Shaw

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 remote regions.  Currently he is Medical Director of Worldwise Travellers Health Centres of New Zealand.

He admires fine-humour, and can definitely tell the difference between a glass of Château d’Yquem and a bottle of gin!

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 Pro 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

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

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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