School of Population Health

Travellers visiting friends and relatives: new approaches to understanding and reducing infectious disease risks

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This research will investigate the contribution to the burden of infectious diseases in Australia from travel by migrant Australians who visit friends and relatives in their country of birth. Currently, little is known about the burden of travel-associated infections or the barriers to preventative pre-travel health practices amongst migrant travellers, particularly in the Australian context. This study will quantify modifiable behaviours, motivations and risk perceptions of migrant Australian travellers. This project will provide the necessary evidence to guide an effective response to reduce travel-associated infectious disease amongst this target at-risk group, developed in conjunction with stakeholder consultation.

Project Members
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Professor Raina MacIntyre
Head, Biosecurity Program, and Professor of Global Biosecurity, Kirby Institute and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
Conjoint Associate Professor
Ph 02 8778 0770
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Honorary Professor
Ph (612) 9385 8658
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Director, Master of Public Health
Ph 02 9385 3667
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Associate Professor
Ph +61 2 9385 3129
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Dr Mohamud Sheikh
Adjunct Associate Professor
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Adjunct Professor
Ph 9385 2515
Project Supporters

Australian Research Council - Discovery Project|DP120100189