About the
guidelines

Purpose of Information


The Travel Medicine Clinical Guidelines Australia and New Zealand provide information on preparing travellers medically for international travel. It is designed as a travel medicine resource for healthcare professionals, including travel health practitioners, general practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists. The guidelines will be produced in a phased manner, starting with International travel for Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee is currently working on the guidelines for insect-borne diseases, Japanese encephalitis, and the Pre-Travel consultation. The range of topics covered will be expanded over time.

Each section will be developed as a one-stop repository for travel medicine information, which will be readily available for general practitioners and travel health practitioners as a reference to provide guidance to assist with travel medicine consultations. The aim is to facilitate the provision of comprehensive information to travel medicine practitioners advising Australian and New Zealand travellers.

Additionally, you will find relevant links and printable resources available as supplementary information to the guidelines.

These guidelines have been developed and endorsed by the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM) and supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Sanofi ANZ. Technical and editorial assistance has been provided by Arterial Education Ltd. Information on committee members to follow.


About the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM)


The ACTM is committed to developing tropical medicine and works with professionals to help manage the global burden of tropical disease and injury through networking, education, research, and development.

The ACTM was founded on 29th May 1991 and at present has over 600 members from over 30 countries around the world, including doctors, nurses, veterinarians, academics, military, laboratory scientists and other health professionals. It is the pre-eminent organisation in the Australasian region representing professional interests in Tropical Medicine, Travel Medicine, and Wilderness Medicine.

In March 2000, the College established a Faculty of Travel Medicine and, in 2011, the Faculty of Wilderness and Expedition Medicine. This was the first Faculty of Travel Medicine in the world. Together with other regional and global organisations such as the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College and Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow, the International Society of Travel Medicine, the Asia Pacific Travel Health Society and the New Zealand Society of Travel Medicine, these societies have contributed significantly to the development of the field of Travel Medicine.

The Faculty of Travel Medicine (ACTM) also organises an annual Southern Cross Travel Medicine Conference. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has been organising monthly webinars covering Travel Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, and One Health.

Region-specific guidelines in Travel Medicine for practitioners in Australia and New Zealand were not previously available, but work is well underway to provide this valuable resource. In the past, practitioners have had to use a myriad of resources from the Americas and Europe. Until they are, Practitioners will continue to use a myriad of sources from the Americas and Europe as they access information to aid in the preparation of our travellers prior to international travel. There are textbooks available for practitioners, such as the Manual of Travel Medicine (Torresi J and McGuiness S, et al.), which is now in its 4th edition. Practitioners in our region require easily accessible, comprehensive, and locally relevant guidelines in Travel Medicine that can be rapidly updated as situations change.