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Emerging Infectious Diseases and changing Public Health Policy: The Dengue Fever Management Plan for North Queensland, Australia

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9 Feb 2009

Abstract: Ross Spark was Health Adviser for the Vietnam program of AusAID with the Australian Embassy in Hanoi for a year from September 2007 until late 2008 when he joined Menzies as Deputy Director.  Prior to that he was Director of the Tropical Population Health Network in north Queensland for 15 years.  During that time north Queensland experienced a re-emergence of dengue fever, associated with a number of contributing factors and this required a public health response in the form of a Dengue Fever Management Plan (DFMP).

This presentation, which Ross delivered in a meeting convened by AusAID at the National University of Singapore late last year, outlines the background to the development of the DFMP and its component parts as well as discussing some of the complexities of managing dengue outbreaks in a tourism-dependent environment like north Queensland.