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The Little Book aims to give the traveller targeted information about travel health issues.
Tropical diseases are explained in simple terms. The various protective vaccines are discussed but it is our aim to make sure that the reader understands that travel health is about much more than immunisations, malaria medication and first aid. Traveller's diarrhoea affects between 30 and 50 % of travellers during a two-week stay in a less developed area. Insect-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever are still major concerns in many parts of the world.
Emerging Infectious Diseases including Ebola and Zika are discussed along with age-old problems such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Accidents are a major cause of death and injury in younger travellers, and yet many still travel uninsured. Challenging activities and environments are addressed. The reader is provided with self-help guides and medical-kit suggestions for illness and injury. This 200 plus page book provides interactivity through review questions and useful web links. Historical "quirky facts" will, hopefully, be of interest to both young and old readers. Medical Practitioners will also find this a useful educational tool for their patients who come requesting Travel Medicine advice.
Those planning a trip often seek medical advice from their travel agents who may also find The Little Book a helpful reference point.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Dr Bob Kass
Bob holds specialist qualifications in paediatrics and public health medicine and is one of Australia's pioneers in the discipline of travel medicine. He served on the board of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) for three years. He has vast international experience, having worked overseas in public health, paediatrics and tropical medicine. " Personal experience in travel" is fundamental for the practice of travel medicine. His work has taken him to Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, Tokelau, Uganda, India, Nepal, Burma and the UK. Recently he visited Kiribati. He has also worked as a paediatrician in Central Australia.
In recent years he has experienced a number of extreme treks including Kokoda, Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kinabalu. Bob's extensive and diverse international experience allows him to offer rich and invaluable insights in his clinical practice and at health briefings for intending overseas placements. These are provided to employees and their families being placed in medium to high risk overseas locations.
He is also Medical Advisor to a number of volunteer groups including the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB). He maintains a special interest in medical education relating to vaccine preventable disease.
Dr Maggie Phillips
Maggie is now retired from clinical practice having worked in the discipline of travel and tropical medicine for almost 30 years. She has always had a special interest in tropical and infectious diseases and enjoyed the challenge of diagnosing the sick returned traveller. Her early work with Legionnaire's disease and suspected cases of Lassa Fever at Fazakerley Infectious Diseases Hospital in Liverpool, UK, fostered this interest. Maggie is also well travelled and has worked in Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, Samoa and the UK.
On return to Australia in 1988 she worked as a "flying doctor" providing primary care services to remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. In 2005 she helped establish Globe Medical as a primary care service for international students , intending travellers and travellers experiencing health problems while visiting Adelaide. She also looked after many inner city workers requiring health care.
Maggie remains connected to the clinic as co-author of the Little Book....staying healthy when travelling" and provides medical content for the Globe Medical website.