TMA Group Published Research

Members of the Travel Medicine Alliance are committed to best practice travel medicine and to that end, we have a commitment to undertaking and publishing research in the field of travel medicine.

Our team includes Dr Luis Furuya Kanamori,  Dr Colleen Lau and Dr Deb Mills 

More information and our list of our published research can be found at

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Exploring the Nile Valley

By Dr Jo Grey, Launceston Medical Centre

Egypt, with its long history of successive waves of invasion, occupation and religious upheaval has held a lifelong fascination for me. So when offered the opportunity to spend three weeks exploring the Nile Valley with its myriad tombs and temples, I jumped at the chance. Travelling as accompanying doctor on a custom designed exploration of the Nile Valley, I visited all the sites I had read about since childhood (and many I hadn’t heard about).

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Season Return of Cruising in Brisbane for Quantum of the Seas (QOS)

By Dr Dr T Huynh, Grange Road Medical Services

We tried for the first time a cruise holiday, partly because friends of ours had booked and asked if we wanted to come along. It was 7 day cruise with two stops at Mystery Island, and Port Vila, both in Vanuata, aboard one of the largest ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Quantum of the Seas (QOS). At 2095 staterooms, with a maximum capacity of 4950 guests, and 1500 international staff, and lots of activities, I was excited to test it out.

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Hadrians Wall Path

By Carmel Limpus, Registered Nurse, Ipswich TMA

Finally after two years of being confined to Australia, I’m off to the UK to get my hiking on! It’s very freeing to the spirit when boarding the plane on the outbound journey (although no one looks forward to the 24 hrs of sitting), all the potential adventures to be had. My adult children come along for the ride and to be my Uber service should I need it. Where to this time? Destination – Hadrians Wall Path in the North of England.

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The Re-emergence of Tropical Diseases

A bicycle leaning against a colourful wall on the Camino trail

by Dr David Rutherford

After my own return to overseas travel after an enforced three year gap, it reignited my passion for travel once again and gave me a chance to reflect on what I have learned from seeing others prepare for their trips.

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A Magical Adventure in Iceland

by Dr Andropov

Greetings ex-pandemic adventurers!  As Europe suffers through another record summer, we take you to a cooler alternative destination.  A journey to natural wonders and breathtaking landscapes … in magical Iceland!

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A Tropical Escape to Bali

In October 2022 we decided to go for a tropical escape.  It felt like it has been forever since I had a travel consult and surely it had been an eternity since I had travelled overseas. (Ok that really is a first world problem guilty as charged).  

So, at short notice and with little prior planning we decided to book a trip to Bali. The party consisted of two adults (both Doctors), a 12 year old and a 6 month old infant. The plan was to just stay at a 5-star resort only eat at the resort. 

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Are you contemplating a trip to Nepal?

Namaste! Are you contemplating a trip to Nepal?

I travelled there recently with my husband and 2 teen daughters (in December), to trek up to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), and we have fallen in love with the place! Having previously enjoyed family multi-day hiking trips in New Zealand and Tasmania, we decided trekking in Nepal would foster some interesting new challenges and cultural aspects for our next adventure.

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A trip to the Tropical Northern Queensland

By Dr Rafia Akhter

A few days ago, I took some time off from work to visit Cairns, a city in tropical ‘Far North Queensland’ and considered to be the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. I went there for a holiday trip with my extended family (group of 10 people!) for a week. I was so amazed by the natural beauty there that I will remember this trip for the rest of my life.

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All about Japanese Encephalitis

Dr Chris Rook Adelaide Member TMA
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a viral disease that can damage the brain and is transmitted by mosquitoes. It is the most common vaccine-preventable cause of epidemic encephalitis world-wide with most cases occurring in Asia. It was first identified in 1935 and it is estimated there are more than 30- 50,000 cases and 10,000 deaths annually. It has recently been reported in Australia  Read on for more information

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Are you protected against yellow fever?

by Dr Alan Leeb,  Ballajura

As we emerge from the acute Covid era and the world gets moving once again, it is a timely reminder about the diseases we may be exposed to overseas and the vaccinations that are required when travelling to certain destinations.

Yellow fever is prevalent in many areas of Africa and Central and South America. It is a serious disease that is transmitted by infected mosquitos.

So named because it causes the skin to turn yellow or jaundiced in severe cases, yellow fever is estimated to cause 30,000 deaths each year.

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