6th Annual Southern Cross Travel Medicine Conference and the 2nd Southern Cross Tropical Medicine Conference

Friday 1 – Sunday 3 September 2023 – Hilton Hotel Sydney

SPEAKERS 2023

International Keynote Speakers

Dr Camilla Rothe

Tropical medicine specialist based in Munich, Germany.
Head of the Tropical and Travel Medicine Outpatient Department at LMU Hospital Centre.
Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of Travel Medicine
Editor of the popular textbook “Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine”.
Learn about Dr Camilla Rothe

Dr Camilla Rothe is a tropical medicine specialist based in Munich, Germany. She is the head of the Tropical and Travel Medicine Outpatient Department at LMU Hospital Centre. She is chairwoman of the Advisory Board of Travel Medicine which issues national recommendations for malaria prophylaxis and travel vaccinations. She lived and worked in Malawi for several years. Camilla is editor of the popular textbook “Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine”. In 2020 she was placed on the TIME 100 list of “most influential people of the world” for being the first person to report asymptomatic transmission of COVID19.

Prof Christoph Hatz

Chief medical officer of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Professor of Tropical and Travel Medicine at the University of Basel
Professor of Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases at the University of Zürich
Head of University Travel Clinic and the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaboration Centre
Learn about Prof Christoph Hatz

Christoph Hatz was born in Basel, Switzerland. He obtained his MD and DTM&H degrees in Basel and London, worked in Thailand, Tanzania and several hospitals in Switzerland, specializing in Internal Medicine and Tropical Medicine. He acted as Professor of Epidemiology, Tropical and Travel Medicine at the Universities of Basel and Zürich. Research priorities focus on schistosomiasis, malaria and health systems. His current activities include working as consultant in clinical and public health projects at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel and chairing the international Expert Committee for Travel Medicine and the ‘Malaria Summit’ project of the International Society of Travel Medicine.

INVITED SPEAKERS

A/Prof Phil Britton

Staff Specialist Infectious Diseases Physician and Associate Professor

A/Prof Phil Britton's Bio

Dr Britton is a paediatrician and infectious diseases physician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and a senior lecturer in child and adolescent health with the University of Sydney. He is an early-mid career clinician researcher with expertise in surveillance of severe childhood infectious disease especially neurological infections. He co-leads the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network in which he is lead investigator for surveillance of childhood encephalitis, Acute Flaccid Paralysis and from 2020 COVID-19 in children and the newly described Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome Temporally associated with SARS-COV-2 (PIMS-TS).

Prof Bart Currie

Leads the Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases team of the Global and Tropical Health Division at Menzies Institute.

Prof Bart Currie's Bio
Bart Currie is an infectious diseases and public health physician at Royal Darwin Hospital and Professor in Medicine at the Northern Territory Medical Program. He leads the Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases team at Menzies School of Health Research.

Prof Margie Danchin MBBS PhD FRACP

Group Leader, Vaccine Uptake, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Paediatrician, Department of General Medicine, The Royal Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor and David Bickart Clinician Scientist Fellow, Department of Paediatrics and School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne
Director Clinician Scientist pathways, The University of Melbourne 
Chair, Collaboration on Social Science and Immunisation (COSSI)

Prof Margie Danchin's Bio

Margie is a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Childrens Hospital and Clinician Scientist, University of Melbourne, and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI). As leader of the Vaccine Uptake Group, MCRI, her research focuses on vaccine confidence and uptake, particularly amongst high risk-groups and in low and middle-income countries, and on effective risk communication. In Australia, she is a member of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and chair of the Social Science Advisory Board and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS). She is committed to efforts to improve vaccine confidence and uptake in the Asia Pacific Region, particularly Fiji, Tonga, the Philippines and Vietnam, and she works closely with DFAT to provide technical immunisation support for the region. She is Chair, Australian Regional Immunisation Alliance (ARIA) and is on the Australian Expert Technical Assistance Program for Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Access: Policy, Planning and Implementation (AETAP-PPI) Advisory Board. She is on the steering committee for the MCRI COVID Governance Committee and Melbourne Children’s Global Health.

During the pandemic, Margie worked closely with the Commonwealth and Victorian State Governments on the COVID-19 rollout, including work to optimise uptake with priority adult and paediatric populations and co-led the Victoria’s COVID-19 Response: Stronger Together conference with the Victorian Department of Health to reflect on what was achieved, discuss successes and challenges and to shape the future of Victoria’s public health. Margie received the Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship in 2020 to improve vaccine and risk communication to optimise COVID and routine vaccine acceptance and uptake in Australia (taken 2023)

As Director of Clinician Scientist Pathways within the Melbourne Medical School (MMS), she is an associate director of the MACH-Track, founded the MMS Women Clinicians in Academic Leadership (WCAL) group and is passionate about instilling belief and ensuring women reach their leadership potential. Margie works closely with the media, is co-host of the RCH Kids Health Info podcast and is passionate about effective science communication.

Prof Danchin received the Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship in 2020 to improve vaccine and risk communication to optimise COVID and routine vaccine acceptance and uptake in Australia (taken in 2023) is now a member of the the Health and Medicine Panel of the Victorian Selection Committee for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Dr Myrielle Dupont-Rouzeyrol

Head of URE Dengue et Arboviroses
Institut Pasteur of New Caledonia

Dr Myrielle Dupont-Rouzeyrol's Bio

My aim is to decipher the specific relations between viruses and their variety of hosts in the specific insular environment of New Caledonia. For this purpose, in the past years, I have conducted research to understand the phylodynamic of arbovirus circulation in New Caledonia and the Pacific region. We also identified specific factors at the origin of outbreaks and their importance for dengue virus vector-driven selection. Currently, we are investigating dengue virus evolution in Aedes aegypti driven by Wolbachia-selective pressure in the framework of the World Mosquito Program, to guide the Wolbachia strategy application. In addition, we are deploying research projects linked to the specific populations of New Caledonia and Vanuatu to study their previous exposure to infectious diseases.

Dr Luis Furuya Kanamori 

Clinical epidemiologist, Senior Lecturer and Amplify Fellow at the University of Queensland, School of Public Health

Dr Furuya Kanamori's Bio

Dr Furuya Kanamori is a medically trained clinical epidemiologist, Senior Lecturer and Amplify Fellow at the University of Queensland, School of Public Health. His research focuses on optimisation of vaccination strategies by dose sparing to reduce costs and increase uptake, while maintaining vaccine efficacy and safety; and the implementation of decision support systems for personalised risk assessment.

Prof Peter Gething

Kerry M Stokes AC Chair in Child Health and Professor in Epidemiology at Curtin University and Telethon Kids Institute in Perth

Prof Peter Gething's Bio
Pete Gething is the Kerry M Stokes AC Chair in Child Health and John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University and Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Western Australia. With a background in geospatial modelling and epidemiology, he has worked on malaria and other vector borne disease since 2002. He leads the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP), an international collaboration providing geospatial intelligence on global malaria epidemiology and control and his group is also the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Geospatial Modelling. He has authored more than 200 peer reviewed papers, collectively cited nearly 100,000 times. His Perth Team comprises 30 postdoctoral and graduate scientists, working on research grants worth over USD$10M. Pete obtained his doctorate at the University of Southampton, UK, and was based at the University of Oxford from 2008 until moving to Western Australia in 2019.

Prof Kristine Macartney

Director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), a paediatric infectious disease consultant at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney.

Prof Kristine Macartney's Bio

Prof Kristine Macartney is a paediatrician specialising in infectious diseases and vaccinology. She is the Director of the Australian National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) and a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health of the University of Sydney. She is the senior editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook, a member of numerous Australian Government advisory committees, and an expert consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO). She is the founding Chair of the Australian Regional Immunisation Alliance (ARIA) and a member of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety.

Prof Karin Leder

Head of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit and co-leads the Planetary Health Division at the School of Public Health at Monash University & Director of Travel and Migrant Health Services at Melbourne Health

Prof Karin Leder's Bio

Prof Karin Leder is an infectious diseases clinician, epidemiologist and public health researcher.

She is internationally recognised for expertise in transdisciplinary collaborations related to environmental exposures and spread of pathogens across international borders. She is Head of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit and co-leads the Planetary Health Division at the School of Public Health at Monash University.

She is also Director of Travel and Migrant Health Services at Melbourne Health. She has >280 manuscripts and book chapters, and has secured >$45 million in career funding. She serves as an expert advisor to WHO and the Australian Academy of Science.

She has been on the EB of ISTM, is Past-President of the Asia-Pacific Travel Health Society, is Chair of the Research Committee for GeoSentinel, Section Editor for the Travel Medicine chapters of UpToDate, Regional Advisor for the Journal of Travel Medicine, and Editor for two travel medicine textbooks.

Robert Steffen, MD

Professor Emeritus at the University of Zurich; Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.

Robert Steffen, MD's Bio

Robert Steffen, Professor Emeritus at the University of Zurich was the Head of the Division of Communicable Diseases in the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute and Director of a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Traveller’s Health. He also is Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.

  In the 1970’s he started systematic research in morbidity and mortality of illnesses and accidents related to international travel. Meanwhile he has (co-)authored over 400 publications, among them many relating to vaccination. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Travel Medicine, of the International Journal of Public Health and Section Editor for Clinical Infectious Diseases. In the 27 years of his tenure at the Zurich University Center for Travel Medicine he supervised over 1 million vaccinations as in that travel clinic there were almost 20,000 consultations per year.

Robert Steffen presided the Swiss Federal Commission for Influenza; he was Vice-President both of the Federal Commission on Vaccination and of the Swiss Bioterrorism Committee. The WHO often has invited him to advisory boards, such as during the revision of the International Health Regulations (IHR). During the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa 2014-2016 and 2018-2020 in the DRC he served as Chair of the Ebola Emergency Committee.

Dr Jenny Visser BSc, MBChB, FRNZCGP, MTravMed

Lead academic for Travel Medicine Postgraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, University of Otago, Wellington

 

Dr Jenny Visser's Bio

Jenny is the lead academic for Travel Medicine Postgraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, University of Otago, Wellington. She teaches and convenes the University’s postgraduate qualifications in Travel Medicine enjoying the stimulation that teaching brings. Her research interests include the travel health needs of long term expatriates and expedition medicine. She also works part time in clinical travel medicine in Wellington.  

Jenny’s background is in general practice. She has worked in many roles and places, including being a full time general practitioner in Wellington for 12 years before specialising in travel medicine. She is medical advisor to New Zealand Land Search and Rescue, has been medical officer on the research vessel Tangaroa (spending nine summers in Antarctica), a season as a volunteer doctor at a high altitude rescue post in Nepal, two months on set in a remote village in Bougainville as film crew doctor and expedition doctor on treks to Kilimanjaro, China and Fiji. Her personal travels have taken her to all continents where her preferred mode of travel is backpacking, cycle touring and hiking.  

Prof Nicholas Wood

Senior Staff Specialist, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW; Professor, The University of Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School, NSW

Prof Nicholas Wood's Bio

Nick is a staff specialist general paediatrician and Associate Professor and Sub-Dean (Postgraduate Research) in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney.

He holds anNHMRC 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 vaccine safety and the genetics of adverse events.