Lani Ramsey
26 Aug 2016

Travel Health: Epidemiology and Education of Health Professionals

This Course provides basic information of common issues surrounding pre-travel departure and preparation. You are encouraged to seek further learning on this topic if you wish to undertake a broader comprehensive course in travel health.


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


Create a learning plan of how to ensure your counselling and knowledge can be kept up-to-date for those who want to engage in pre-travel preparation



29 Jun 2018
Good learning
24 Jun 2018
27 May 2018
good topic
20 May 2018
This VLA has provided me the opportunity to understand the importance of vaccination before travelling to overseas.
14 May 2018
10 May 2018
Very clear and educational.
09 May 2018
The educator was engaging
18 Apr 2018
educator was engaging and recommend to other health professionals

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Travel trends and statistics
  • Common diseases
  • Vulnerable travellers
  • Preparation of the travel health provider
  • Continuing education and resources
  • Documentation

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 epidemiology of travel-related diseases in the South-East Asia region, as well as associated responsibilities.


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, elderly 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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