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
Faculty of Medicine
Dr Mitchell Mark Smith
Faculty of Medicine
Professor Heather Worth
Faculty of Medicine
Dr Anita Elizabeth Heywood
Faculty of Medicine
Dr Holly Seale
Faculty of Medicine
Dr Mohamud Sheikh
Faculty of Medicine
Professor Nicholas Zwar
Faculty of Medicine

Key contact

Faculty of Medicine
+61 2 9385 3811
r.macintyre@unsw.edu.au