JCU Travel Medicine

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World Safety Organization Collaborating Centre for Travel Health and Safety

PHTM Travel Medicine Senior Staff

Professor Peter Leggat, AM (Director, WSO Collaborating Centre)

Emeritus Professor Rick Speare, AM

PHTM Travel Medicine Adjunct Staff

Associate Professor Ian Cheng (Aviation Medicine)

Associate Professor Geoff Gordon (Diving and Marine Medicine)

Associate Professor Bernie Hudson (Infectious Diseases)

Professor Marc Shaw

Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith

Professor Jeff Wilks (Tourism)

Professor Jane Zuckerman

PHTM Travel Medicine Affiliations

Member, Australian Travel Health Advisory Group

Member, Charter for Safe Travel, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

World Safety Organization Collaborating Centre

Useful Weblinks in Travel Medicine-Index

The Anton Breinl Centre’s Travel Medicine Useful Weblinks is designed to assist travel medicine practitioners in finding useful sites on the Internet. It does not necessarily endorse any of these websites.


Sites with Comprehensive Travel Health Data

Sites with Regional Data

Sites with Data on Outbreaks

Travel Medicine Clinics on the Web

Other Data Useful to Travel Health

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PHTM Travel Medicine Staff

Electronic Journals Relevant to Travel Medicine

Discussion Boards relevant to Travel Medicine

Travel Medicine Organizations

Courses in Travel Medicine

Primer of Travel Medicine

Data Bases for Travel Medicine

Sites with Comprehensive Travel Health Information

  1. Australian Travel Health Advisory Group.
    THAG is a joint initiative between the travel industry and travel medicine professionals that aims to promote healthy travel amongst travellers. THAG membership is drawn predominantly from representatives of the travel industry and travel medicine. These representatives are drawn from both the private and public sectors.

  2. Travel Health Online (TRAVEX) The Travex database has been the industry standard in North America for travel health professionals. Shoreland, the owners of Travex, has now made this database accessible on-line to the Internet user. This is a very comprehensive database of use to both the traveller and the travel health professional.

  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CDC has very high quality travel health data. Data is accurate, reliable, and reflects US government policy.

  4. International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) site This is a useful site for accessing data for the travel medicine professional. Data is accurate, reliable and up to date. It has links to reliable non-ISTM sources and to travel medicine clinic home pages. The Travex database can be accessed via this site. Although the ISTM is an international organisation, the site reflects ISTM's North American origins. It has a comprehensive listing of travel medicine physicians based in USA.

  5. Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad (MASTA). The MASTA home page is probably of more use for the traveller than the travel medicine practitioner since the data provided free is fairly basic. More comprehensive data has to be purchased from MASTA.

  6. Lonely Planet. This site has some useful travel health related data designed more for the traveller than for their physician.

  7. International Travel and Health The WHO International Travel and Health is now on-line in English, Spanish and Japanese. This very useful publication gives data on hazards and vaccine requirements for international travel and for individual countries.

  8. High Altitude Health. This site at Princeton has comprehensive information on the health problems of high altitude travel.

  9. Healthy Flying with Diana Fairechild. A site devoted to the problems of flying and how to overcome them. The data provided is possibly not comprehensive enough to be of use to medical practitioners, but it would be useful for the inexperienced air traveller.

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Sites with Regional Data

  1. CDC, country data. Good quality comprehensive data with the authority of the world's leading organisation for control of infectious diseases.

  2. Travel Health Online, Country Profiles. The US Department of State Consular Advice is included with each country profile.

  3. Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The PAHO Web site deals with the Americas only, and is designed for the health professional. It has very detailed country and regional data, including excellent overviews of significant diseases.

  4. US State Department Travel Advisories. All countries in the world have one or more databases. A very useful site for reports on civil unrest and personal risks to travelling US citizens. The updates issued periodically to the Travel Advisories mailing list are stored here. In addition this site contains useful information on legal topics particularly relevant to US citizens.

  5. Australian Consular Advice. The Australian Government has a site with the official consular advice for Australians. All countries in the world have a file giving details on legal requirements, civil unrest, and risks to Australian citizens. In addition it has a general travel advice section. The advisories seem less comprehensive than those from the US Consul.

  6. CIA World Fact Book. The CIA World Fact Book (yes, it is what it says it is!) contains a wealth of statistics for each country, and summarised information for global regions. There is no specific travel health data per se, but one gets a very comprehensive idea of the nature of the country, its economy, infrastructure, population statistics including crude health indices, and its politics.

  7. USAID Country Data. Here one can access data on USAID projects, including health projects. Background briefings particularly for the health projects often provide useful information about country specific problems. Information can also be obtained by query. Information is available only for countries with projects run by USAID. 11.

  8. International Federation of the Red Cross. Both contain press reports and Situation Reports on civil and natural disasters of interest to IFRC. The Situation Reports are more comprehensive than the press reports. Situation reports are now in Acrobat format on the WWW server, but ASCII on the IFRC Gopher.

  9. Data on countries with AusAID projects. AusAID is the Australian Assistance and International Development organisation funded by the Australian Government. This site contains good information on the Pacific and other regions from an Australian perspective.

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Sites with Data on Outbreaks

  1. ProMED Archives. This site contains all the posting from ProMED in a searchable archive.

  2. WHO Global Health Observatory. The WHO has global statistics on diseases, particularly in developing countries, on outbreaks, and WHO official recommendations. It also has the Weekly Epidemiological Record, a publication that reports on global disease trends and events including epidemics.

  3. Communicable Diseases Intelligence (CDI). This journal focusses on communicable disease in Australia and New Zealand, but does have summaries of disease outbreaks outside Australia.

  4. EuroSurveillance. This is a site that contains the European Communicable Disease Bulletin on behalf of the European Union. The site has a comprehensive overview of vaccination schedules in European countries.

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Travel Medicine Clinics on the Web

There are a number of sites on the WWW that list home pages of travel medicine clinics. Here I have listed only those travel medicine clinics sites that provide original data of interest to travel medicine practitioners.

  1. International Travelers Clinic at Medical College of Wisconsin. The ITC clinic has reliable information on infectious diseases, as well as some unique pages, Travelling While Pregnant, Altitude Sickness, Auto Accidents,and Motion Sickness.

  2. Travel Doctor: Travellers' Medical and Vaccination Centres. A very comprehensive site with accurate and up to date information, and a focus on the needs of Australian travellers. TMVC also send out periodic alerts on risky events in their Travel Health News.

  3. Travel Medicine Alliance. This is the newest of the travel medicine groups in Australia and has a comprehensive site of useful information, including weblinks, for the traveller.

  4. Travel Clinics Australia. This is a moderately large travel clinic group based in Australia (more than 30 clinics). There is some useful information for travellers available. For clinicians, there is a link to the site to purchase the handy reference for travellers: the Traveller's Pocket Medical Guide and International Certificate of Vaccination.

  5. Tropical Medicine Bureau. This Irish site has original data on a range of tropical diseases. It also has a series of email news groups where people can post questions or comments on a range of tropical medicine and travel medicine related topics (e.g., Tropical Travellers' Lounge, Insect Bite Forum, Malaria Forum, and Vaccination Forum). Medical questions posted on these groups are usually answered by a medical practitioner.

  6. Worldwise New Zealand Worldwise NZ is network of travel clinics in New Zealand and has a number of useful educational websites for the traveller and the travel health practitioner. Worldwise NZ offers courses for beginning and advanced professionals working in travel medicine. It also maintains a substantial travel medicine database, Worldwise Online with comprehensive country by country data.

  7. ISTM Global Travel Clinic Locator The ISTM maintains a Clinic Directory for its international membership. With more than 2000 members and listings of clinics in more than 65 countries, the ISTM Global Travel Clinic Locator is a large database of travel clinics.

  8. IAMAT-International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers IAMAT is a member organization, which also maintains a large database of travel clinics around the world. It also has some useful educational resources for the travel health practitioner.

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Other Data Useful to Travel Health

  1. CDC - Cruise Ship inspections This is a US Government service that provides reports on the conditions of cruise ships servicing US ports. The key document with scores on individual inspections is located at ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/ship_inspections/shipscor.txt and is accessible via the CDC WWW Travel page or directly via ftp.

  2. Electronic Maps at the University of Texas Library. Maps for all countries in the world are available here. Some are based on the CIA Fact Book maps; others are not. In general the electronic maps are useful for the broad overview, but detailed maps are hard to locate, although there are a smattering of city maps here too.

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Electronic Journals Relevant to Travel Medicine

Journal of T r avel Medicine . Starting from 1994 all issues of JTM are on line for subscribers. It is the Official Journal of the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Travel Medi c ine and Infectious Disease . This journal commenced publication in 2003 and are available online for subscribers. It is the Official Journal of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Emerging Infectious Diseases . EID is an electronic journal focussing on emerging infectious diseases with 4 issues per year. The compete text is available from the CDC Web pages by ftp in Acrobat format, Postscript or ASCII. Each issue in ASCII can be viewed on-line at the ACTM gopher at gopher://gopher.jcu.edu.au in the path Tropical Medicine Publications / CDC Publications / Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report . The MMWR is published weekly by CDC, and often has data of relevance to travel medicine. MMWR is available in Acrobat format from the CDC Web site By subscribing to the mailing list lists@list.cdc.gov, or to ProMED, one can receive the table of contents of MMWR as each issue becomes available (see Email Lists below). This is efficient as it allows busy people to decide whether the current edition is of relevance. MMWR can be searched at the CDC site.

Weekly Epidemiological Record . WER gives a global overview of disease, including outbreaks.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence . CDI contains data on communicable disease of relevance to Australia and New Zealand, including overseas events.

EuroSurveillance . This is a publication of the European Union and contains information on communicable diseases relevant to the counties of the European Union. It also gives links to the on-line communicable disease bulletins of member countries.

Travel Health News . This newsletter produced by TMVC deals with topics of current interest, with a focus on high risk events in the Pacific and southeast Asia. One can subscribe to Travel Health News at the site and receive notification of new alerts by email.

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Discussion Boards relevant to Travel Medicine

T ravel Med List Serve is a discussion board restricted to members of the ISTM. It is a moderated list which commenced in April 1996. The travel medicine focus makes it uniquely valuable to travel medicine practitioners. See http:www.istm.org for further information.

ProMED is the leading mailing list for disseminating and collating information on emerging diseases. particularly outbreaks. This is a moderated mailing list of good quality. It now has over 11,500 subscribers from 110 countries. For travel medicine practitioners ProMED is an excellent way of staying ahead of the clients! See : http://www.promedmail.org for further information.

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Travel Medicine Organizations

International Society for Travel Medicine

Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Travel Medicine

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Faculty of Travel Medicine

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Courses in Travel Medicine

Travel Medicine

This subject is offered by the Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine for those wishing to gain theoretical skills in travel medicine. It is taught once a year as a distance learning subject with a three day mini-block on campus. Students are health professionals, predominantly doctors and nurses, working or intending to work as travel health advisors. Travel Medicine is the major subject in the Postgraduate Certificate of Travel Medicine offered by James Cook University.

Full course information: Postgraduate Certificate of Travel Medicine

Please email enquiries about Travel medicine courses to sphtm-studentofficer@jcu.edu.au

and enquiries about Internet resources for travel medicine to Peter.Leggat@jcu.edu.au

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Primer of Travel Medicine

The Primer of Travel Medicine aims to give concise, practical information for the general practitioner or health professional who advises or manages people who travel, particularly to more exotic destinations, as well as for those studying travel medicine. It presumes some knowledge of tropical medicine and public health.

The Primer of Travel Medicine is an ACTM Publication:

ACTM Secretariat
PO Box 123

Tel. (07) 3872 2246. Fax. (07) 3856 4727
Email. actm@tropmed.org
Internet. www.tropmed.org

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