Summer Studentship in Travel Medicine
Dec 2015 - Feb 2016
Worldwise Travel Health Clinic
I was involved in writing the 'Guidelines for the Prevention of Malaria in New Zealand Travellers when they Travel Abroad.' This involved research of the current malaria prophylaxis guidelines by WHO, CDC (USA), Public Health England and the Public Health Agency of Canada as well as peer-reviewed journals in travel medicine. The information obtained was simplified and used to write the New Zealand malaria guidelines. The guidelines are currently under review by an Australasian panel of travel medicine and infectious disease specialists. The aim is to ultimately publish the work with the New Zealand Ministry of Health to be used in travel health advice in New Zealand.
Other experiences in the travel health clinic included:
- Involvement in the weekly meetings to gain an understanding of the administration and logistics of running a health clinic.
- Observing and sitting in patient consultations to get a first hand experience in travel health advice and vaccination of common diseases encountered in exotic destinations.