Course Overview


This Course provides an epidemiological overview of common diseases in the South East Asia region, covering how they are contracted, signs and symptoms, key syndromes to be aware of, and preventative measures to take in order to lower the risk of contracting these diseases. Additionally, other common travel risks such as accidents and animal bites are discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use your knowledge of immediate travel-related disease risks to inform and prepare travellers for the trip to South East Asia locations
  • Identify key signs and symptoms of travel-related syndromes in order to be able to initiate early interventions and prevent adverse outcomes for the patient

Topics include:

  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Pertussis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Travellers' diarrhoea
  • Cholera
  • Parasitic diseases
  • Mosquitoes and mosquito protection
  • Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya
  • Malaria
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Scooter and motor vehicle accidents
  • Rabies

Target audience

Health professionals who are counselling patients about pre-travel health strategies, including registered nurses in areas such as paediatrics and general practice, as well as midwives and Nurse Practitioners.


Further understanding of the immediate and common risks for people travelling to South East Asia.
Be able to recognise key signs and syndromes in returning travellers that may require urgent referral.


Australians travel overseas for a variety of reasons; increasingly nurses are part of the preparation of these travellers. Knowing what subjects to discuss for preventative health strategies is important. Understanding that those patients travelling to the South East Asia pacific region, may have different needs according to time of year and style of travel is important for nurses to understand. Many types of travellers have special needs; children, pregnant travellers, older adults and those that are immune compromised. These individuals need special considerations. Vector-borne diseases, such as Zika, are spreading throughout the world; travellers need to be informed how to protect themselves and nurses need to know what information to give them.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.