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The Standing Committee for Travel Health Nurses of Australia and New Zealand
aims to create, support and provide leadership for a network of nurses working in the travel health specialty in Australia and New Zealand, while also promoting professional development and evidence-based, safe practice.

The Standing Committee for Travel Health Nurses of Australia and New Zealand (THNANZ) was established in 2020 to represent travel health nurses in Australia and New Zealand. Currently the Standing Committee is made up of 10 members, all with a diverse range and wealth of experience within the travel health field. Joint Chairs: Catherine Keil (Australia) and Lisa Scotland (New Zealand).

THNANZ PURPOSE

To create, support and provide leadership for a network of nurses working in the travel health specialty in Australia and New Zealand, while also promoting professional development and evidence-based, safe practice.

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THNANZ OBJECTIVES

The THNANZ Standing Committee has the following objectives:

  • To raise the profile of travel health nurses in Australia and New Zealand and their importance to the practice of travel medicine.
  • To enable and engage with colleagues across travel health networks.
  • To promote and support professional development.
  • To promote healthy, safe and responsible travel.
  • To have representation at travel health conferences.
  • To promote ACTM membership for nurses interested in travel health.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Catherine Keil

Catherine is a Nurse Practitioner in Travel Health and Immunisations and consults from the Barossa, South Australia. She has over 25 years experience in travel medicine including working for Emirates Airline in Dubai for 10 years where she was instrumental in setting up a travel health clinic for the crew and families. In 2006 she completed the Diploma in Travel Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, UK, and in 2014 completed the ISTM Certificate in Travel Health. In 2019 she became a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FFTM), Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and is Chair Elect of the ISTM Nurses Professional Group Steering Committee. She is Co-Chair of THNANZ.

Lisa Scotland

Lisa is a Nurse Specialist in Travel Medicine and Women’s Health and based in Palmerston North, New Zealand. She has over 25 years’ experience in Primary Health nursing. She completed a Diploma of Travel Medicine through Otago University in 2011. She was then awarded the ISTM Certificate of Travel Medicine after sitting the exams in Barcelona in 2017. In 2018 she became a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FFTM), Australasian College of Tropical Medicine.

She is an active member of the ISTM Nurses Professional Group Steering Committee.

Lisa is passionate about travel and looks forward to freedom and open borders so we can enjoy the world again.

Danielle Peel

Danielle is a Nurse Practitioner with a scope of practice that includes Travel Medicine, Vaccinations & Immunisations, Women’s Health & Contraception, Primary Care, Minor Procedures and Sexual health. Danielle is an Academic at the University of Technology, Sydney and James Cook University, Townsville as well as co-director of Travel Clinics Australia – Matraville, in Sydney. Danielle completed her Bachelor of Nursing, Post Graduate Cert of Travel Medicine and Master of Nursing with the view of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. In 2014 Danielle sat and passed the ISTM Certificate in Travel Health. Danielle joined the Nurses Professional Group of the ISTM in 2017 and became a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FFTM) in 2019.

Caroline Nash

Caroline is a Clinical Manager for Aspen Medical, an Australian-owned global provider of healthcare solutions. She has completed a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and has postgraduate qualifications in Infection Prevention and Control. Caroline is a recipient of the Australian Government Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for her work in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. She has studied tropical medicine internationally and has a special interest in Rabies, having co-authored a Rabies awareness brochure for travellers.

Caroline is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (FACTM) and a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FFTM). She is Chair of the ISTM Nurses Professional Group Steering Committee, a Council Member of the ISTM Responsible Travel Interest Group and a member of the CISTM 17 Scientific Program Committee.

Stacey Bonser

Stacey is a Registered Nurse based in Launceston, Tasmania. She has been qualified as a RN for 15 years, with the past 6 years working within Travel Health and Immunisation. Stacey has a passion for travel and spent 4 years working as a Senior Nursing Officer on cruise ships, travelling to over 55 countries. The combination of travel and nursing both aligned to shape a career in travel health. In 2020 she became a Member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (MFTM), Australasian College of Tropical Medicine.

Vicki Lee

Vicki became involved in Travel Medicine when she left hospital nursing 13 years ago. She feels the scope of Travel Medicine is huge and is very passionate about it.
She works for Sonic HealthPlus, West Perth which is a General Practitioner, Travel Medicine and Occupational Health Clinic. They operate a nurse-led travel health clinic daily, working in liaison with the Travelvax Director and other medical officers.
Vicki also assists Travelvax (part of Sonic HealthPlus) in training of nurses from Western Australia in Travel Health. Vicki has completed a post- graduate certificate in Nursing Education in 2017 (University of Notre Dame Australia, Western Australia). In 2014 Vicki sat and passed the ISTM Certificate in Travel Health.

Ruth Anderson

Ruth’s role in business development with Travelvax is a perfect blend of her work experiences and passions, combining her nursing background with a strong history of travel – au pair in London and Rome; holiday resort nurse in New Caledonia, Egypt and Mexico, and long-haul flight attendant. She is now involved in travel health training for nurses, writing a weekly health alert email and speaking to travel agents about the health aspects of travel. Ruth passed the ISTM Certificate in Travel Health in 2007 and spent 6 years on the Society’s Nurses Professional Group Steering Committee, until 2021

Claire Wong

Claire has over 20 years’ experience in travel medicine both in her native UK and now NZ. She passed the Certificate in Travel Health in 2005 and gained a MSc in International and Travel Health in 2007. After 10 years of working for National Travel Health Network and Centre in the UK, Claire moved to NZ in 2013. Since her arrival she has practised travel medicine in both Auckland and Palmerston North. In 2019 she was awarded Fellowship of the International Society of Travel Medicine and the Faculty of Travel Medicine Australasian College of Tropical Medicine.

Tonia Buzzolini

Tonia has an extensive knowledge in travel medicine gained while working at Travelvax Australia for the past 20 years, most recently as the National Operations Manager. Her academic achievements include a MPH & TM, the International Society of Travel Medicine’s Certificate of Travel Health and she was also a contributing author to the ‘The Practical Compendium of Immunisations for International Travel’; Springer 2015. She has been a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Australasian College of Tropical Medicine since 2015. One part of her role has been in devising education modules, standard protocols and operating procedures relating to the practice of travel medicine. She is often called on to present on travel health topics at conferences, including at the annual Sonic Clinical Services national travel medicine conference, as well as co-presenting at the workshop “A practical approach to travel medicine” at a number of Southern Cross Travel Medicine Conferences. Tonia has spent most of 2021 as the resourcing lead for Sonic Clinical Services, recruiting and credentialing nurses needed to work in the COVID vaccination roll-out.

Trish Smith

Trish is a Registered Nurse with post graduate qualifications in Midwifery, Education, Child Health and Travel Medicine. Her career spans four decades, of which the last 19 years has been working and volunteering overseas, while accompanying her spouse with his career transfers to Tinian Island Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, St Thomas US Virgin Islands, London United Kingdom and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. This exposed her to both the positive and negative impact of tourism. She credits these experiences as prompting her interest in responsible travel and tourism.

In March 2011, Trish Completed the Diploma in Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. She was also was admitted as an Associate of the Faculty of Travel Medicine AFTM RCPS (Glasg). An active member of ISTM since 2011, completing the ISTM Certificate in Travel Health™ CTH® examination in 2012.  A member of the Responsible Travel Group council since 2015, she became Chair of the Group in June 2019.  She also became a member of the ISTM Examination Committee in March 2016. In 2020 she became a Member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (MFTM), Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and is looking forward to working in Australia again.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Competency Framework for Travel Health Nurses of Australia and New Zealand.

This competency Framework is a most valuable addition to guide the training and upskilling of nurses who wish to work in the field. It was Adapted from The Royal College of Nursing (2018) Competencies: travel health nursing: career and competence development, London: RCN and endorsed by the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM).

MEMBERSHIP

To become a member of THNANZ, please join ACTM and the Faculty of Medicine. You can join online via this link. (insert link)

Faculty of Travel Medicine membership is drawn predominantly but not exclusively from generalists and specialists in the medical, nursing and pharmacy professions in the private and public sectors. The Faculty is actively seeking to encourage membership amongst those working in travel health and provides professional recognition through different grades of membership, which reflect the level of training and experience of applicants, as well as their commitment to continuing education. Professional grades of membership include Fellow, Associate Fellow, and Member. There is also a non-professional grade of Associate. College affiliation is required to become a member of the Faculty. 

To view more information about the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (Faculty of Travel Medicine) please click here.

FACULTY LEADERSHIP

Dean: Professor Peter Leggat, AM, MD, PhD, DrPH, FAFPHM, FFPH RCP(UK), FPHAA, FACTM, FFTM FFEWM ACTM, FFTM RCPSG, FACAsM, FRGS, FRAS, FAICD, FACE, FISTM, HonFFPM RCP(UK), HonFACTM, HonFFTM ACTM

Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine: A/Professor Jeff Ayton, Antarctic Division

Joint Faculties Registrar: Professor Peter Leggat, AM, MD, PhD, DrPH, FAFPHM, FFPH RCP(UK), FPHAA, FACTM, FFTM FFEWM ACTM, FFTM RCPSG, FACAsM, FRGS, FRAS, FAICD, FACE, FISTM, HonFFPM RCP(UK), HonFACTM, HonFFTM ACTM (Acting)

Immediate Past Dean (formerly Chair): Dr Jennifer Sissons, MBBS, MPH&TM, FACTM, FFTM ACTM, CTH (ISTM)

Representative on the College Council: Dr Deb Mills, MBBS, MPH&TM, FACTM, FFTM ACTM

Standing Committee Joint Chairs:
Catherine Keil, (Australia) MN(NP) RN BSc(Hons), Dip TM(RCPSG), CTH®, FFTM (ACTM)
Lisa Scotland, (New Zealand). NZRCN, PGDipTravMed (Otago), FFTM (ACTM), CTH®