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    Specific clinical concerns of travellers with special needs and specific clinical contexts, applying the principles from Travel Medicine 1.

    This paper builds on the introductory concepts covered in GENA 713. The importance and prevention of non-intentional injury, safety and security issues during travel are explored. Specific clinical contexts to be covered include fitness to fly/aviation medicine, food- and water-borne disease, preventing food- and water-borne disease, preventing insect-borne disease, sexually transmitted infections, travel dermatology and tuberculosis. Management of the returning traveller is also covered. We encourage the participation of all health professionals who may have an interest in travel medicine.

    About this paper

    Paper title Travel Medicine 2: Applied Concepts
    Subject General Practice
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    GENA 713 or GENX 713
    GENX 714, 715
    Limited to
    PGCertTravMed, PGDipTravMed
    Includes residential period/s.

    Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines.

    Enrolments for this paper are limited and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.


    Teaching staff

    Co-convenors: Dr Jenny Visser
    Claire Wong

    Paper Structure

    Core paper for the Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine (PGCertTravMed).
    Core paper for the Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed).

    Material is presented in self-directed learning modules covering the following topics:

    • Fitness to fly
    • Prevention of food- and water-borne disease
    • Prevention of vector-borne disease
    • Sexually transmitted infections and travel
    • Travel-related dermatology
    • Tuberculosis and the traveller
    • The Returning traveller
    • Injury prevention in travellers
    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

    The in-person component is a two-day block course held on-campus in Wellington (dates to be confirmed). The block course may be delivered online via Zoom depending on pandemic restrictions.

    Other teaching, including regular evening sessions and one half day session, is delivered via Blackboard and online via Zoom.

    Study Skills, technology support and resources are provided to students via a custom built site accessed through Blackboard.


    All readings are available for access, free of charge, via Blackboard or other online resources.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

    Please also refer to the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice Graduate Profile.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper should:

    • Understand the role that trauma and accidents play in international traveller mortality and morbidity
    • Have an understanding and core knowledge of aviation physiology and fitness to fly issues
    • Have core knowledge of the travel hazards associated with food and water exposure and their prevention and management, including traveller's diarrhoea, enteric fevers and schistosomiasis
    • Have core knowledge of the travel hazards associated with insect-borne disease, including the epidemiology and prevention of:
      • Malaria
      • The arboviruses
      • Dengue
      • Japanese encephalitis
      • Chikungunya
      • Yellow fever
    • Have core knowledge of the travel hazards associated with blood and body fluid exposure
    • Have core knowledge of the management of the returning traveller, including post-travel screening and managing the ill returning traveller


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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