The December newsletter is an Outreach Special, find out what wonderful programs our members have been involved in; including the Australian Helminthological Collection (AHC) at the South Australian Museum. Can you name these Fellows? (http://parasite.org.au/the-society/fellows-of-the-society/). Details of the 2018 ASP Annual Conference 24-27 September at St Kilda, Melbourne (we’re excited!). We have a Researcher Exchange report from PhD Student Michael Hammond who visited the laboratory of Tom Cribb at the University of Queensland. Many congratulations to Abdul Jabbar awarded the Peter Nansen Young Scientist Award at 2017 WAAVP and to Kiaran Kirk elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. This newsletter includes some stunning photographs from our IJP:PAW editor Andy Thompson and his daughter Holly from Kruger National Park along with the latest from IJP, IJP PAW and IJP DDR editors. Read the news from the 2017 Malaria in Melbourne (MiM) conference and from the 9th Tick & Tick-borne Pathogen Conference; researcher grants, publications and the World Federation of Parasitologists have launched their new website (http://www.wfpnet.org). Check the latest jobs and scholarships and read the concluding transcript from POD’s “Parasites: Friends Without Benefits” and of course a newsletter favourite – ASP State news! Happy New Year!