The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Incorporated (ACTM) was founded at a meeting in Townsville, Australia, on the 29th May, 1991.

Membership now extends to all states of Australia and overseas. Membership includes many eminent professionals working in various fields related to tropical medicine, such as parasitology, infectious diseases and tropical veterinary science, reflecting the broadest definition of tropical medicine.

The college was incorporated in Queensland in 1994. The original secretariat was based at the Anton Breinl Centre, James Cook University, which was itself the original establishment for the Australian Institute for Tropical Medicine established in 1910. Dr Anton Breinl of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine was appointed Director of Australia’s first medical research institute.