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The untimely death of Rick Speare

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Rick Speare

Rick Speare was tragically killed in a car accident on the 5th June 2016. He worked tirelessly to improve human and animal health in the tropics, particularly in developing countries. His influence spread world wide through the thousands of masters and doctoral students he taught and supervised. He is sadly missed by family, friends and colleagues. His passionate involvement in research capacity building in the Solomon Islands may be supported by a contribution to the Rick Speare Memorial Fund.

THS providing training for e-Learning

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THS Director, Prof Rick Speare, helped facilitate a workshop in Bangkok in April to improve eLearning across the Thailand One Health University Network (THOHUN). The workshop was called "Planning meeting for e-learning development" and it was held in Bangkok on 4-5 April 2016. The workshop was attended by about 35 university academics from 32 faculties from 6 Thai universities. Disciplines represented included medicine, nursing, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy and environmental science.

Yaws and new projects in the Solomon Islands

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The disease yaws is mostly a disease of children who live in poor, rural settings in the topics. Yaws is caused by the bacterium Treponema pertenue. Yaws is a forgotten disease (WHO 2016). Solomon Islands reports the second highest number of cases of yaws worldwide (Marks 2015). THS in its role supporting the Atoifi Health Research Group (AHRG) is delighted to have the opportunity to work on controlling yaws with Dr Michael Marks of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Celebrating THS research!

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Tropical Health Solutions (THS) assists individuals and groups to undertake research on an ongoing or case by case basis. This is one of our jobs! The THS Directors, however, are productive academics in their own right. THS directors now have 27 publications under the THS banner. Pretty good going for a "commercial" entity! Our goal is to do research to academic standards and we think our publication record attests to this. If you want assistance with publication or any research-related topic, please contact us for an obligation-free quote.

Zika virus becomes the 4th Public Health Emergency of International Concern

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The Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) was convened under the International Health Regulations on 1 February to consider the increased incidence of microcephaly and Guillian-Barre syndrome (GBS) associated with Zika virus (ZIKV). The Committee has decided that the current outbreaks in the Americas justify declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Scholarship to attend National Medicines Symposium: Deadline 19 Feb

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The National Medicines Symposium will be held in Canberra on 18-20 May 2016. Scholarships to attend this symposium are available for folk from Asia and the Pacific Islands. The symposium is about quality use of medicines. The scholarship provides an opportunity for a health academic, health worker or policy maker from the Asia-Pacific region with an interest in quality use of medicines or rational drug use to attend and present their work.

Interested in public health internship with the Carter Centre?

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The Carter Centre is calling for applications for public health internships. If you are interested in a career in international public health interventions, this is a fabulous opportunity!

Founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to alleviation of human suffering and improving health.

Ebola returns to Sierra Leone

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The World Health Organization has confirmed a new case of Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone, a 22 year old female student at Magburaka town in Tonkolili district who died on 12 January 2016 (Gulland 2016; WHO 2016). The case was reported just a day after WHO declared the end of transmission of the virus in west Africa. Human-to-human transmission directly linked to the 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa was declared to have ended in Sierra Leone on 7 November 2015.

Epidemiology 2nd edition - THS Directors' launch their book

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Congratulations to Ray and Petra on the launch of Epidemiology 2nd edition. The launch was held in the Cairns Institute on 17 November. Various speeches were given and Ray responded. Statistic Rock acknowledges Petra's influence on encouraging health research.

Second edition of Epidemiology - book launch 17 Nov

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Epidemiology 2nd edition is now available. THS Directors, Petra Buttner and Reinhold Muller, are the lead authors with input from content specialists. Epidemiology uses Australian examples and although it is written for Australian health professionals, the text has global relevance. A very practical and useful book for undergraduates, postgraduates and health researchers!

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