13th National Workshop on Strongyloidiasis

“A One-Health Approach to the Prevention and Control of Strongyloidiasis in Australia”

This workshop will take place on Monday 24th September, 2018 from 800am – 430pm at the conference venue, The Novotel St Kilda Hotel, Melbourne.

Cost to attend this one-day workshop is $200 for regular delegates and $150 for student delegates and includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

Please register online for both the Strongyloides Workshop and the  2018 ASP Conference together or you can just register for the Strongyloides Workshop www.conftool.net/parasitology2018/

Strongyloidiasis caused by Strongyloides stercoralis, is endemic in Australia especially in Aboriginal communities in the tropics and subtropics, in both high and low rainfall regions. Prevalences between 5% and 59% have been recorded. Strongyloidiasis is also seen in immigrants, returned service personnel and returned travellers from countries where it is endemic.

Strongyloidiasis is a soil-transmitted helminth and has been classified by the WHO as a Neglected Tropical Disease.  Infected individuals can become asymptomatically chronic carriers and help ongoing transmission of the disease. Laboratory diagnosis is difficult because larval output in faeces is low and intermittent. Serological diagnosis also has limitations especially in borderline cases and for follow up after treatment.

The aims of the National Strongyloidiasis Working Group (NSWG) are:

  • to raise awareness of strongyloidiasis
  • to inform health professionals and community members about the disease and its diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control
  • to advocate on behalf of affected peoples, particularly Indigenous communities in Australia for appropriate changes to government policy in relation to prevention, diagnosis and treatment based upon current research.

The workshop will include presentations of research in the biology of Strongyloides stercoralis, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease, as well as panel discussions about gaps in our knowledge and strategies for eliminating the disease in endemic communities.

The ultimate goal of the NSWG is prevention and elimination of the disease from Australia, through strategies that respect the needs of all groups of people suffering from strongyloidiasis.

The registration fee for the Strongyloides Workshop does not entitle the delegate to attend any 2018 ASP Conference events, if you would like to attend the 2018 ASP Conference as well as the Strongyloides Workshop you will need to register and pay for both the workshop and conference registration.

Please email the ASP Conference coordinator with any queries about registration parasitologycommunicator@gmail.com

Speakers at the Workshop include the following

Public Health

Jenni Judd
Central Queensland University, Bundaberg, Qld
Is the “One Health” approach the way forward to prevent and control strongyloidiasis?

Jan Allen
Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities, Darwin, NT
One Health in Aboriginal communities

Harriet Whiley and Kirstin Ross
Flinders University, Adelaide, SA
Environmental control of Strongyloides – an update of work being done at Flinders University

Wendy Page
Miwatj Health, Nhulunbuy, NT
Strongyloides stercoralis life cycle and implications for public health initiatives

Charlotte Mulder
Medicines Development for Global Health, Southbank, Vic
Moxidectin for parasitic Neglected Tropical Diseases

Diagnosis and treatment

Sharon Hedtke and Warwick Grant
La Trobe University, Bundoora, Vic
The genomics of responses to ivermectin: considerations relevant to Strongyloides stercoralis chemotherapy and epidemiology

Siddhartha Mahanty and Suellen Nicholson
Doherty Institute, Melbourne University, Vic
NIE antigen ELISA  serology for stronygloidiasis

Rahmah Noordin
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
Development of a rapid lateral flow test for strongyloidiasis

Matthew Watts and Rogan Lee
ICPMR, Westmead, and Sydney University, NSW
DNA extraction of stool: the limiting factor in molecular testing for strongyloidiasis

Epidemiology

Warwick Grant
La Trobe University, Bundoora, Vic
Application of some genomics of Strongyloides spp to develop tools for genetic epidemiology

Tim Walker
School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newastle, NSW
Strongyloides stercoralis and other STHs in rural Rwanda

Lloyd Einsiedel
Central Australia Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Alice Springs, NT
Strongyloides and HTLV-1 in Central Australia

Matthew Paltridge
James Cook University, Townsville, QLD
Strongyloides in children and pregnant women in North Queensland

Sarah Hanieh and Beverley-Ann Biggs
Peter Doherty Institute, Melbourne University, Vic
Gut parasites in children under 2 years in NE Arnhem Land

Angela Wilson and Debbie Fearon
Department of Paediatrics, Alice Springs Hospital, NT
A paediatric Strongyloides audit at Alice Springs Hospital

Jenny Shield
La Trobe University, Bendigo, Vic
The distribution of Strongyloides stercoralis in Australia

The way forward

Harriet Whiley and Mira Beknazarova
Flinders University, Adelaide, SA
The case for making strongyloidiasis notifiable nationally