Travel Health: Epidemiology and Education of Health Professionals

From the Travel Health series

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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) provides basic information of common issues surrounding pre-travel departure and preparation. You are encouraged to seek further learning on this topic if you wish to undertake a broader comprehensive course in travel health.

Topics include:

  • Travel trends and statistics
  • Common diseases
  • Vulnerable travellers
  • Preparation of the travel health provider
  • Continuing education and resources
  • Documentation

Target audience:

This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is appropriate for those 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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Use your knowledge of immediate travel-related disease risks to inform and prepare travellers for their trip to South East Asia
  2. Create a learning plan of how to ensure your counselling and knowledge can be kept up-to-date for those who want to engage in pre-travel preparation


The purpose of this VLA is for nurses to further their understanding of the epidemiology of travel-related diseases in the South East Asia region, as well as associated responsibilities.


Australians travel overseas for a variety of reasons; increasingly nurses are part of the preparation of these travelers. 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 travelers have special needs; children, pregnant travelers, elderly and those that are immune compromised. These individuals need special considerations. Vector-borne diseases, such as Zika, are spreading throughout the world; travelers need to be informed how to protect themselves and nurses need to know what information to give them.

Nurses in Australia are required to obtain a minimum of 20 continuing professional development (CPD) hours each year that relates to their context of practice in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.


Citing this Video Learning Activity

  1. Using Harvard referencing style:

    Ramsey, L 2017, 'Travel Health: Epidemiology and Education of Health Professionals', Ausmed Education, viewed (insert date),

  2. Using American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition referencing style:

  3. Ramsey, L. (2017). Travel Health: Epidemiology and Education of Health Professionals [Video]. Retrieved from