Travellers visiting friends and relatives: new approaches to understanding and reducing infectious disease risks

This research will investigate the contribution to the burden of infectious diseases in Australia from travel by migrant Australians who visit friends and relatives in their country of birth. Currently, little is known about the burden of travel-associated infections or the barriers to preventative pre-travel health practices amongst migrant travellers, particularly in the Australian context. This study will quantify modifiable behaviours, motivations and risk perceptions of migrant Australian travellers. This project will provide the necessary evidence to guide an effective response to reduce travel-associated infectious disease amongst this target at-risk group, developed in conjunction with stakeholder consultation.

Project team

Professor Raina MacIntyre
Medicine & Health
Dr Mitchell Mark Smith
Medicine & Health
Professor Heather Worth
Medicine & Health
Dr Mohamud Sheikh
Medicine & Health
Professor Nicholas Zwar
Medicine & Health

Key contact

Medicine & Health
+61 2 9385 3811
r.macintyre@unsw.edu.au