Saturday 1 November 2014

Sydney - All day workshop in the Rural Medicine Australia 2014 Conference

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel

If you see refugees and Aboriginal patients from rural or remote communities, at least 5% will be infected with the intestinal nematode Strongyloides stercoralis. In some Aboriginal communities the prevalence can be 20% or higher. Strongyloides has also infected people working in Aboriginal communities or traveling in these areas.

At its worst this worm can kill, but in most people it causes a chronic, long-term disease that manifests with epigastric pain, and recurrent episodes of diarrhoea and urticaria. If you don't look for Strongyloides, you won't find it. Fatal cases of strongyloidiasis typically die with septicaemia and the underlying cause is missed.

Join this workshop to learn about the parasite and its biology, clinical syndromes, diagnosis, treatment and control. The workshop is highly relevant for any doctor or health professional dealing with Indigenous patients from rural and remote areas, with refugees particularly from southeast Asia and Africa, and for those caring for peace keeping personnel who worked in southeast Asia and the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

Preliminary program: Download the preliminary program please.

Registration: Please visit the conference site and register for the workshop only; or for the whole conference if you wish. The Rural Medicine Australia 2014 conference runs from 30 October to 1 November 2014.

Abstract: Instructions follow those of RMA2014.

Contacts for the workshop: Jenny Shield and Rick Speare

Posted by Rick Speare
Updated 9 October 2014