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