7th Southern Cross Australasian Travel and Tropical Medicine Conference

27 – 29 September 2024. Venue: Sofitel Brisbane Central


Welcome and Invitation to the SCTMC 2024

A very warm welcome to the official website of the 7th Southern Cross Australasian Travel and Tropical Medicine Conference (SCTMC), to be held at the Sofitel Brisbane Central, Australia, from 27 to 29 September 2024.

Like our previous conferences, the 2024 SCTMC will build on a strong platform of professional development for health practitioners working in the fields of travel medicine and tropical medicine. The SCTMC 2024 will include stimulating, succinct and interactive sessions covering a range of important topics, including vaccine preventable diseases, case studies in tropical medicine and travel medicine, malaria prophylaxis, arboviruses including Japanese Encephalitis, rabies, clinical guidelines for travel medicine, laboratory diagnostics, toxinology, military medicine, emerging infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, and more. We will be hosting the ever-popular workshops on Practice of Travel Medicine, Yellow Fever, One Health. Following on from our very successful inaugural Southern Cross Tropical Medicine Conferences in 2022 and 2023, we plan to expand the program on tropical public health and research in the region, including workshops on spatial epidemiology and other research methods.

We invite all doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other health professionals, and students working in the field of travel and tropical medicine, general practice, military medicine, occupational health, infectious diseases, and related fields throughout the region to take full advantage of the professional development opportunities offered at SCTMC 2024. It is also an opportunity to network with colleagues, including our international and national invited speakers, and enjoy as much as possible of the fabulous city of Brisbane. SCTMC 2024 will be accredited for RACGP CPD points.

Brisbane City is alight with a new energy – amidst the skyscrapers sits an open-air city that embraces the river at its heart. Discover a growing selection of hotels, world-class culinary experiences, subtropical parks and gardens, museums, performing arts, cultural events, and family activities. https://visit.brisbane.qld.au/

The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM) and the ACTM Faculty of Travel Medicine are proud to be hosting SCTMC 2024 in association with their partners and sponsors. Hope to see you in Brisbane from 27 to 29 September 2024.

Professor Colleen Lau
ACTM President

2024 International Keynote Speakers

Professor Gerard Flaherty

Professor of Travel Medicine and International Health, School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Galway, Galway, Ireland
Adjunct Professor, Mahidol University, Thailand and International Medical University, Malaysia

Professor Anne McCarthy

Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Ottawa Hospital.
Director of the Tropical Medicine and International Health Clinic at the Ottawa Hospital.
Professor Gerard Flaherty's Bio

Prof Gerard Flaherty, Professor of Travel Medicine and International Health, School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Galway, Galway, Ireland

Adjunct Professor, Mahidol University, Thailand and International Medical University, Malaysia

MD, PhD, BSc (Hons.), MB, BCh, BAO, FRCPI, MRCPI, Cert. Travel Med. (RCSI), Dip. SEM (GB & I), FFSEM (RCPI & RCSI), FAcadMEd, DTM RCPS (Glas), FFTM RCPS (Glas), FACTM, FFTM (ACTM), MFSEM (UK), MMedSc, Dip. HSc. (Clinical Teaching), MSc Int Trav Health (Sheffield), MECOSEP, MMEd (Dundee), Diop. sa Ghaeilge, Cert. Traffic Med, Cert. Ornith., Cert. Bird Behaviour, FIFA Dip. Foot. Med., PG Cert Sc. Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety, FISTM, AFAMEE, FRGS, FIPC, MRSTMH.

Gerard Flaherty was elected to the role of President-elect of the ISTM in May 2021 and President in May 2023. His research interests include pre-travel risk assessment, travel health behaviour, travellers with pre-existing medical conditions, high altitude medicine, mental health issues and travel, older travellers, technology and artificial intelligence in travel medicine, and travel health education. He has 20 years of clinical experience in travel medicine and has completed tropical medicine courses and expeditions in Kenya, Tanzania, Nepal, Russia, Cuba, Peru, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Ghana, Morocco, and South Africa. He has over 250 publications and research presentations to date.

Professor Anne McCarthy's Bio

Anne McCarthy is an Infectious Diseases, Travel and Tropical Medicine Physician and Professor of Medicine in Ottawa, Canada. She is the president-elect of the International Society of Travel Medicine. She has been an active member of the ISTM as well as the American Society of Tropical Medicine Clinical Group for almost three decades.

Her clinical work includes Tropical Medicine and Travellers’ Helath. Throughout her career she has been committed to health care education and mentoring. She was a longstanding faculty for the ISTM Travel Medicine Update and Review Course. She is a co-Director of the Asian Clinical Tropical Medicine Course, held every two years in Thailand and Cambodia.

She is an active participant in the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network and CanTravNet. Her clinical research has included studies related to infectious disease, travel medicine, malaria, migrant health, and global health.