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Global Medicine, Parasites, and Tasmania


Goldsmid, J and Bettiol, S, Global Medicine, Parasites, and Tasmania, Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, 5, (1) ISSN 2414-6366 (2020) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.3390/tropicalmed5010007


Until the 1970s, infectious disease training in most medical schools was limited to those diseases common in the area of instruction. Those wishing to explore a more globalised curriculum were encouraged to undertake specialist postgraduate training at schools or institutes of tropical medicine. However, the increase in global trade and travel from the 1970s onward led to dramatic changes in the likelihood of returning travellers and new immigrants presenting with tropical infections in temperate regions. Furthermore, population growth and the changing relationships between animals, the environment, and man in agriculture accentuated the importance of a wider understanding of emerging infectious diseases, zoonotic diseases and parasitic infections. These epidemiological facts were not adequately reflected in the medical literature or medical curriculum at the time. The orientation on tropical infections needed specialised attention, including instruction on diagnosis and treatment of such infections. We describe key global health events and how the changing field of global medicine, from the 1970s to early 2000, impacted on medical education and research. We describe the impact of global health changes in the Tasmanian context, a temperate island state of Australia. We retrospectively analysed data of patients diagnosed with parasites and present a list of endemic and non-endemic parasites reported during this period. Finally, we reflect on the new approaches to the changing needs of global health and challenges that medical programmes, learners and educators face today.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:parasites, zoonoses, war
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Infectious diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Goldsmid, J (Professor John Goldsmid)
UTAS Author:Bettiol, S (Dr Silvana Bettiol)
ID Code:144871
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2021-06-17
Last Modified:2021-06-17

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