Travel Health: Risks of the South East Asia Region

1h 20m of CPD
Lani Ramsey
10 Jun 2018

This Course provides an epidemiological overview of common diseases in the South East Asia region, covering how they are contracted, signs and symptoms, key syndromes to be aware of, and preventative measures to take in order to lower the risk of contracting these diseases. Additionally, other common travel risks such as accidents and animal bites are discussed.


Use your knowledge of immediate travel-related disease risks to inform and prepare travellers for the trip to South East Asia locations


Identify key signs and symptoms of travel-related syndromes in order to be able to initiate early interventions and prevent adverse outcomes for the patient


Lani Ramsey

Lani Ramsey is a Travel Health Consultant Nurse Practitioner. She has a Certificate of Travel Health, a Certificate of Immunisation/Nurse Immuniser, a Diploma of Travel Medicine and also has a Masters of Advanced Clinical Practice.


Candace Pederson04 Sep 2018
Great information. Well presented.

Alison Wright01 Aug 2018
Very well presented. Content was clear and easily understood.

Sara Castelijn01 Aug 2018
Great! Very thorough and well presented.

Elizabeth Anne Blucher27 Jul 2018
Very interesting and not a subject we always think about - even in regard to our own travels. Also, I feel many prospective travellers chose not to mention u coming trips, because of the costs associated with precautions.

Tanya Volzke15 Jul 2018
Easy to understand.

Andrea Notting12 Jul 2018
Very good and good resources

Cecil Maverick Quimio28 Jun 2018
Very informative

Tahnee Berkinshaw22 Jun 2018
relevent and useful information

Naomi Johnston16 Jun 2018
I think a lot of people don't understand about the dangers without immunisations.

Georgia Jones12 Jun 2018

Colleen Norvill20 Mar 2018
Very interesting and relevant to my role as a school nurse when people present to the health centre feeling ill after an overseas trip

Nichole Dutschke18 Mar 2018
The information was comprehensive and use of picture slides and maps and photos made it more visually appealing and helped me with retention and understanding as I am a visual learner

Brie Brown18 Mar 2018
Good information for military staff.

Kathryn Hyde09 Mar 2018
Very interesting VLA. Informative and engaging.

Teena Macdonald27 Feb 2018
Very informative, I enjoyed the lecture..

Citti Taranto22 Feb 2018
Fever in a returning traveler from endemic area, should be assessed immediately

Jeanie Kay Buchanan22 Feb 2018
Was mainly someone just reading the material, but the information was very helpful and organized very well.

Jamie Charlene Ngo12 Feb 2018
This VLA is very educational. I have learned a lot of new things.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Pertussis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Travellers' diarrhoea
  • Cholera
  • Parasitic diseases
  • Mosquitoes and mosquito protection
  • Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya
  • Malaria
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Scooter and motor vehicle accidents
  • Rabies

Target audience

Health professionals who are counselling patients about pre-travel health strategies, including registered nurses in areas such as paediatrics and general practice, as well as midwives and Nurse Practitioners.


Further understanding of the immediate and common risks for people travelling to South East Asia.
Be able to recognise key signs and syndromes in returning travellers that may require urgent referral.


Australians travel overseas for a variety of reasons; increasingly nurses are part of the preparation of these travellers. Knowing what subjects to discuss for preventative health strategies is important. Understanding that those patients travelling to the South East Asia pacific region, may have different needs according to time of year and style of travel is important for nurses to understand. Many types of travellers have special needs; children, pregnant travellers, older adults and those that are immune compromised. These individuals need special considerations. Vector-borne diseases, such as Zika, are spreading throughout the world; travellers need to be informed how to protect themselves and nurses need to know what information to give them.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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