Keeping Kids Healthy while Travelling Overseas

An initiative by The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

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As GPs, we know the importance of keeping kids healthy when travelling. With summer holidays around the corner, families are gearing up for international trips and it’s a crucial time for GPs to be prepared. The Education team at The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network caught up with Dr. Phil Britton, an infectious diseases expert from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, to chat about travel-related illness in children and the crucial role GPs play in identifying children most at risk for typhoid and malaria, and ensuring safer travels for children and families.
Questions covered:

  • What are the most common illnesses seen in kids in Western Sydney after international travel?
  • Are there particular high-risk destinations for malaria and typhoid infection?
  • Which kids are at greater risk for malaria and typhoid?
  • What are the options for prevention for typhoid and malaria?
  • Tips for GPs for capturing these higher-risk families before they travel

This initiative is developed by the Sydney Child Health Program to prompt GPs of the upcoming holiday period and the flags to look out for when screening kids for travel. Part of the The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, SCHP is the external facing education team providing online paediatric education for doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals treating children and young people. To learn more, visit:

Interview with Dr Paula Mazzocato, General Practitioner and Paediatric Academic Team at Sydney Child Health Program, and Dr Phil Britton, Staff Specialist Infectious Diseases at The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network.

Interested in continuing education? SCHP provide a range of learning opportunities for health professionals including The Graduate Diploma in Child Health and short paediatric courses.

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The Graduate Diploma in Child Health is a postgraduate qualification delivered by The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and in partnership with Western Sydney University