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One Health training in Indonesia


The Indonesian One Health University Network (INDOHUN) ran a training workshop in One Health this week for about 40 academics from universities across Indonesia. The One Health Training Module for Academic Purposes aimed to assist university lecturers to incorporate the One Health approach into undergraduate teaching for doctors, veterinarians, public health students and nurses. Rick Speare, a Director of Tropical Health Solutions, helped by providing guiding principles and practical suggestions.

Air pollution causes 3 million people a year to die prematurely


Outdoor air pollution is a health hazard (as we all know). The impact of air pollution has now been quantified in a study published today in Nature. The authors estimate air pollution causes 3.3 million people a year globally to die earlier than they would have. Most deaths are in Asia. Ill health (not resulting in death) adds immensely to the burden of disease due to air pollution.

Australian government cuts mean hundreds of international volunteer jobs will disappear


Ethical Jobs ( reported on 2 July that the disappearance of a large number of international volunteers jobs will hit the Pacific Island Nations and Territories the most. Australian Red Cross is closing its Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program owing to cuts in international aid by the Australian Government. The first of more than 2,000 volunteer jobs for Australians working overseas have been cut, as the Government’s $11 billion of cuts to international aid kick in.

Pharmacotherapeutics for Remote Area Nurses


A course for RANs offered by Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs helps improve clinical practice in Australia's remote area health workforce. Initially offered face to face this course is soon to have an online option. Listen to Toby Speare's presentation here.

Posted by Rick Speare

Gracelyn Smallwood releases her first book Indigenist Critical Realism: Human Rights and First Australians' Wellbeing


Dr Gracelyn Smallwood (PhD) has been an activist for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait people's rights since childhood. She completed her PhD in 2012. Her first book Indigenist Critical Realism: Human Rights and First Australians' Wellbeing is based on her PhD thesis and has just been released by Routledge. See

Notification of strongyloidiasis in Australia


Infection with the parasitic worm, Strongyloides stercoralis is lifelong, unless treated. This cunning parasite lives in the small intestine of humans and produces infective larvae inside the body. These autoinfective larvae reinfect the unfortunate host from the inside. The original infection is due to infective larvae that have developed in faeces deposited on the ground (just like hookworm). But unlike hookworm, when the old worms die, for Strongyloides, the effete mother worms have been replaced by generations of young and vigorous daughters.

Identifying and Understanding the Factors Affecting Infection Control and Hendra Virus Management in Private Veterinary Practices in Queensland, Australia


Don't miss Diana Mendez's PhD seminar. All are welcome to attend.

Date: Wednesday, 1st April
Venue: James Cook University, Townsville: B145, Room 030
Time: 11:00am

Evaluation of the Filipino Ebola training workshop for hospital preparedness: good outcome!


The Ebola workshop to train hospital staff for Ebola preparedness was developed and implemented by the Philippine Department of Health late last year. The Philippine WHO country office assisted with consultants from Johns Hopkins Hospital, Tropical Health Solutions and privately. A paper just published today in the Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal describes the structure of the workshop and its evaluation.

Ebola: Good news


Good news: 1) Mali declared free of Ebola on 18 January; 2) incidence is falling in all three countries with widespread transmission (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone); 3) Key performance indicators are improving in all countries. In particular there are now sufficient Ebola Treatment Centre beds to isolate each Ebola case and the proportion of contacts followed up daily has risen markedly, being over 95% in Liberia and Sierra Leone and almost 90% in Guinea. But - this is not the time to relax!

No news yet on successful rendomised controlled treatment or vaccine trials.