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                                                                Newsletter
www.racp.edu.au/asid                                                JULY 2006

  ASID Council 2006/2007
President:                              Report from the
Professor Lindsay Grayson
Immediate Past President:
                                          President
A/Professor Philip Jones
Vice President:
Dr Thomas Gottlieb
                                    As some of you may be aware, I have now taken over as ASID
Honorary Secretary:                 President from Dr Phil Jones who stepped down after the ASID
Dr Anthony Allworth                 Annual Scientific Meeting in Wellington.

Honorary Treasurer:                 Phil has done a tremendous job as President over the past 3
Dr David Looke                      years. Among a list of important achievements, he has co-
                                    ordinated with the Australian Society for Antimicrobials, the
Councillors:                        release of the joint ASID/ASA Staphylococcal Treatment
                                    Guidelines on a CD-ROM and has led the large survey of ASID
Dr Pam Palasanthiran                members to better identify members’ views. The results of this
Dr Richard Lawrence                 survey are now being incorporated into a 5-year development
                                    strategy for ASID. Although I will have time at next year’s
Dr Monica Slavin                    ASID meeting to formally thank Phil, I would like to thank him
Dr Sally Roberts (NZ rep.)          now for all his efforts during the past 3 years on behalf of the
                                    ASID membership.
Dr Astrid Arellano (Adv.Tr. rep.)
                                    Other important issues that should be mentioned in this
Patron:                             President’s Report include:
Professor Frank J. Fenner
                                    1. Development of an ASID Strategic Plan
Secretariat:                            Council are in the process of developing a 5-year Strategic
Ms Diane Walsh                      Plan that will hopefully raise the national profile of ASID as the
145 Macquarie Street                foremost Infectious Diseases expert body in Australasia. This
SYDNEY NSW 2000                     will require particular attention to financial issues to support
                                    this initiative. To this end the ASID Executive met in Sydney
Tel: 02 9256.5475                   recently to review various models for fundraising. In addition
Fax: 02 9256 9692                   to the routine collection of membership subscriptions and any
Email: asid@racp.edu.au             small profits that sometimes flow from the Annual Scientific
                                    Meeting, other funding options are being explored. There will
Website: www.racp.edu.au/asid       be more to report on this soon.

                                                                             (continued on Page 2)
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    President’s Report (continued from Page 1)
    2. Change of Conference Organisers
        After almost 20 years great service, Dart Associates are stepping down as the organisers of the Annual
    Scientific Meeting. The 2007 Annual Scientific Meeting will be organised by the Conference organising
    section of ASHM (Australasian Society for HIV Medicine). We are also in active discussions with these
    organisers to develop the new funding model for both the Annual Scientific Meeting and ASID as a whole.
    3. 2007 ASID Annual Scientific Meeting
        The 2007 ASID meeting will be held in Hobart, Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th March. Dr Scott Hammer
    (Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York) has kindly agreed to be the Macfarlane Burnet Speaker. Dr
    Hammer is a world-renowned HIV expert, is the incoming chairman of the ICAAC Program Committee and
    on the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine. His participation in the 2007 meeting will help
    provide an important HIV focus to a number of the symposia.
    4. Relationship between ASID & the Infectious Diseases SAC
        The RACP is currently reviewing the relationship between the Specialty Societies (e.g. ASID) and the
    Specialist Advisory Committees of the RACP. These will be defined in a soon-to-be-released “Memorandum
    of Understanding” between ASID and the RACP and should include more funding to ASID for educational
    activities. Clearly there will need to be more discussions about how ASID and the I.D. SAC wish to progress
    this issue over the next 9-12 months.
         So, there is the current update.                                     Professor Lindsay Grayson

           New travel arrangements with RACP
        1. This information is for Fellows, trainees and College staff              HOW TO MAKE A BOOKING: 
        in  Australia.    (New  Zealand  resident  Fellows  and  trainees           Travellers Basic Profile   
        should contact the Wellington office to make travel bookings.)              Before  a  booking  can  be  made,  traveller  details  must  be 
                                                                                    registered with HRG Travel. 
        2. All flights, accommodation and car hire should be booked 
                                                                                    1. Email support@bti.com.au with subject as ‘CPMC travel 
        via HRG Travel. 
                                                                                    profile for RACP’. 
        3. HRG  will  invoice  the  College  for  travel  costs  incurred  on       2. In  body  of  email,  put  the  following:  1.  Name  of 
        College business.                                                           traveller  (last  name,  first  name,  middle  initial)  2.  Email 
                                                                                    address of traveller 3. Phone number of traveller 
        4. Please use Qantas on domestic routes unless other airlines’              3. HRG will create a basic profile and email instructions to 
        schedules suit better.                                                      travellers about adding more information to their profile, eg 
        5. HRG will book all domestic flights on Qantas “Flexi Saver                frequent flyer and contact details (optional). 
                                                                                     
        K Class  B” fares.  You can make  changes, even on the  day of              College provides HRG with committee lists 
        travel,  and  the  ticket  is  fully  refundable.    Contact  HRG  to       1. HRG  will  only  accept  bookings  if  (a)  the  traveller  has 
        make changes, or go to the Qantas check‐in at the airport.  The             registered a basic profile and (b) the College has sent a list 
        College will reimburse any charges incurred with Qantas.                    of travellers for each meeting with a billing code. 
                                                                                    2. Important:    all  travellers  must  notify  billing  codes  to 
                                                                                    HRG  when  booking.    If  a  specific  code  is  unavailable,  a 
    HRG contact details:                                                            short description of the meeting will suffice. 
             

        Toll free phone 1300 889 181 (Carmela Nardella,  Miles Wilks and Vanessa Vitali)     Email:  cpmc.au@hrg.worldwide.com 
        24 hr emergency assistance worldwide (+61) 1300 284 287   ‐   Fees may apply to non‐emergency calls 
     
    Email is the preferred method of booking.                                       Confirmation:  Same  day  bookings  will  be  confirmed  within 
    Please advise when  booking:‐                                                   one  hour  of  booking  request.    All  other  bookings  will  be 
•   you are from RACP                                                               confirmed  within  two  hours  for  domestic  flights,  and  four 
•   traveller name (as per traveller profile)                                       hours  for  international.    These  response  times  do  not  relate  to 
•   travel code or describe purpose of travel                                       complex  bookings  e.g.  complex  multi  sector  and  international 
•   date of travel, departure city and destination city                             bookings may take up to 24 hours.   Please see RACP Travel 
•   time of departure OR time traveller is required to be at the destination.       Guidelines for more information. 
•   accommodation and car hire requirements 
•   any other services required (visa, foreign exchange, travel insurance, etc). 


        Congratulations to our Patron
                Senior Australian of the Year 2006 – Australian Capital Territory:
                Emeritus Professor Frank Fenner, CMG MBE AC
        Professor Fenner could have retired in 1979 after a highly distinguished career as a microbiologist
        and world-renowned expert on pox viruses. He continues to take a very active role in environmental
        and science ethics issues and is an inspirational role model for people half his age.
ASID Newsletter July 2006                                                                  Page 3
     AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES INC. - A.B.N. 20 108 151 093

      INCOME & EXPENDITURE STATEMENT FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2005
                                                                       2005         2004
INCOME                                                                    $            $
Members’ Subscriptions                                               43,150       41,838
Conference Income                                                   233,865      173,044
Trust Distributions Received                                         29,072       13,739
Market Value Movements in Investments                                 6,538       20,047
Sale of “Management of Perinatal Infections”                          3,503        3,586
Advertising Income                                                    1,320            -
Scholarships Received                                                10,000       10,000
Interest Received                                                     2,914        3,371
                                                                    330,362      265,625
EXPENDITURE
Auditor’s Remuneration                                                3,615        3,500
Bank Charges                                                          3,114        4,331
Computer and Website Expenses                                         1,714        2,786
Conference Expenses                                                 197,835      151,039
Council Meeting Expenses                                              3,279        2,854
Depreciation                                                            808          808
Donation                                                              5,000            -
Filing Fees & Subscriptions                                             874          245
Foreign Exchange (Gain) Loss                                            280        (136)
General Expenses                                                        222           60
Insurance                                                             3,171        4,211
Meeting Expenses – Advanced Trainees                                  2,344        3,990
Meeting Expenses – International Conferences                          8,051       11,907
Photocopying                                                            614        2,560
Postage, Stationery & Couriers                                        2,301        2,565
Production of “Management of Perinatal Infections”                    6,815            -
Printing                                                              5,776        5,607
Scholarships Expenses                                                37,148       11,344
Secretariat Wage Costs                                               30,941       28,224
Secretariat Leave Provided                                              110           93
Telephone & Facsimile                                                 1,045          502
                                                                    315,057      236,490
Profit from ordinary activities before tax                              15,305    29,135
Income tax expense                                                           -         -
Profit from ordinary activities after income tax                        15,305    29,135
Retained profits at the beginning of the financial year             429,201      400,066
Retained profits at the end of the financial year                   444,506      429,201



                                 BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2005
                                                                         2005      2004
                                                                            $         $
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash Assets                                                         382,568      384,783
Receivables                                                          83,276       72,617
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                                                465,844      457,400
NON-CURRENT ASSETS
Office Furniture & Equipment                                            809        1,617
TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS                                                809        1,617
TOTAL ASSETS                                                        466,653      459,017
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Creditors & Accruals                                                    19,616    27,394
Provisions                                                               2,531     2,422
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES                                               22,147    29,816
NET ASSETS                                                          444,506      429,201
MEMBERS’ FUNDS
Retained Profits                                                    444,506      429,201
TOTAL MEMBERS’ FUNDS                                                444,506      429,201
ASID Newsletter July 2006                                                                                                                Page 4
                                                         BOOK REVIEW
Antimicrobial Therapy and Vaccines, Volume I: Microbes,                  there were multiple authors. Lastly, the tables are clear and well
Editors: Victor L. Yu, Rainer Weber, Didier Raoult,                      organised, and the bibliographies are up-to-date and comprehensive.
Associate Editors: John H. Rex, Robert W. Shafer, Nicholas                 One commendable feature of this textbook is its accompanying
J. White, John J. Treanor, Apple Trees Productions, LLC,                   website: http://www.antimicrobe.org. The website extends the
2005. New York: ISBN: 0-9700027-5-0, 1728 pp., illustrated.                contents of each chapter including photographs and information on
$US195.00.                                                                 historical aspects of infectious diseases. The websites’ great
Antimicrobial Therapy and Vaccines, Volume II:                             strengths are the search engines, Smart Search and the Guided
                                                                           PubMed Search, which help direct and hone queries. The website
Antimicrobial Agents, Editors: Victor L. Yu, Geoffrey
                                                                           not only provides direct access to the appropriate sections from
Edwards, Peggy S. McKinnon, Charles Peloquin, Gene D.
                                                                           Volumes I and II, but it also offers access to original research, and
Morse, ESun Technologies, 2005. Pittsburgh: ISBN: 0-                       prompts permit the user to ask questions regarding causation,
9744641-1-2, 1207 pp., illustrated. $US195.00.                             diagnosis, and treatment. The website has numerous clinical
Antimicrobial Therapy and Vaccines, Volume I: Microbes, 2nd.               vignettes, which are useful for the practicing clinician. Because of
Edition, has been significantly revised, providing excellent               its access to a number of databases and its intuitive search strategies,
summaries on common pathogens. Moreover, the reviews on some               the website is one resource that every physician who treats patients
of the more uncommon pathogens are quite outstanding. Specific             with infections needs. Overall the format is a further step away
treatment advice is provided where possible, plus various alternatives     from the traditional hardcover textbook, more towards a cyberspace
are given, if first-line therapies are contra-indicated.                   portal; directly linking the specialist with the rapidly changing pace
                                                                           of the infectious diseases literature.
Antimicrobial Therapy and Vaccines, Volume II: Antimicrobial
Agents, 2nd. Edition, has 74 new chapters, an expanded section on          On the whole there is little to dislike about these texts, although
HIV therapy, a new section on parasites, and summaries on                  there are some weaknesses. First, the textbooks have a few
microbiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, laboratory diagnosis, and        formatting and spelling errors. Second, the conventional index is
clinical manifestations. Detailed discussions of the newer agents are      rather limited, and it is better to use the website version for this
provided including the ketolides, tigecycline, oxazolidinones,             purpose.
echinocandins, fusion inhibitors, and newer antiparasitic drugs.
                                                                           In summary, these texts can be recommended as a reference,
The 2nd. Edition of these texts is a dramatic improvement relative to      particularly for trainees who will find that the information is clear
the 1st. Edition, with more complete and better organisation than the      and concise. In my opinion, if a copy is not kept in your office, then
first, and with all sections expanded in detail. The editors are           there probably should be a copy of these texts (in one or more
internationally recognised experts in infectious diseases, clinical        format) in most departments of infectious diseases and/or
microbiology and clinical pharmacology, and they have created a            microbiology in Australasia.
truly encyclopedic resource with detailed and up-to-date coverage on       Reviewed by Christopher Heath, Infectious Diseases Physician
human pathogens and antimicrobials. Current controversies in               & Clinical Microbiologist, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA.
management are also discussed. The texts have a significant number
of authors from the Australasian region including notable                  The textbooks (with website) can be purchased on the internet.
contributions from some members of ASID. In general the content is         Ordering information can be found on www.antimicrobe.org.
scholarly and in each section the chapters on pathogens and drugs are      A free trial of the website www.antimicrobe.org is also available:
presented in a logical and consistent style throughout, even though        The username is “asid" and the password is "asid"
===================================================================================

ASID Memberships ratified at the AGM – 4/4/06:

Associate Members:                         Full Members:
Michelle Balm                              James Beeson                               Applicants for ASID membership
Naor Bar-Zeev                              Andrew Block                               please note:-
Christina Chang                            Mark Boyd                                  Applicants need to submit a signed
Jonathan Darby                             Yumin Chan                                 application form (available on ASID
Josephine Elfick                           Jonathan Gubbay
                                                                                      website), also signed by proposer
Yiing Hong Foo                             Katherine Hale
Rory Hannah                                Rupert Handy                               and      seconder     (Full    ASID
Simon Iles                                 Syed Hasan                                 members) and include current CV
Douglas Johnson                            Christine Johnson                          at least one week before a Council
Alison Keed                                Karina Kennedy                             meeting (next Council meeting
Peter Kelley                               Chris Mansell
                                                                                      will be held on 24 November
Jen Kok                                    Mark Page
Peter Leung                                Anton Peleg                                2006).
Laurens Manning                            Anna Ralph                                 Current members please note:-
Seija Erica Peters                         Jonathan Richards
Kathryn Roberts                            Andrew Snelling                            If your membership fees for the
Naomi Runnegar                             Aaron Walton                               2006 year are outstanding a copy
Matthew Skinner                            Morgyn Warner                              of your invoice will be included with
Emma Spencer                               Paul Wilson                                this newsletter.      Please make
Cameron Wolfe                              **************                             payment as soon as possible.
*****************
ASID Newsletter July 2006                                                                                Page 5


MEETINGS, SYMPOSIUMS, COURSES, etc
                    Sexual Health courses – The University of Queensland
   Education Course in Hepatitis C Brisbane Fri 4 August 2006

  HIV & Working Overseas Workshop Brisbane Sat 26 August 2006

  Education Course on HIV Medicine Cairns Tue 29 & Wed 30 August 2006

  Education Course on HIV Medicine Brisbane Sat 9 & Sun 10 September 2006

  Update in HIV, HBV, HCV & STI's for GPs Brisbane attached to RACGPConference Tues 3 & Wed 4 October 2006

  Update in Sexual Health for Nurses Working in Sexual Health Brisbane Sun 29 October 2006

  Education Course in Sexual Health for GPs Coolangatta Sat 25 & Sun 26 November 2006

  Contact: Jean Martin,
  HIV & HCV Education Projects,
  The University of Queensland
  Email: jean.martin@uq.edu.au
  Phone 07 3346 4749, fax 07 3346 4757.                             Website: www.som.uq.edu.au/hivandhcvprojects

                               AIDS 2006: XVI International AIDS Conference
                                                Toronto, Canada
                                              13 – 18 August 2006
   Email: info@aids2006                                                                Website: www/aids2006.org

                               Vaccine Preventable Diseases Symposium
                          Presented by CIDM Public Health with the National Centre
                            for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)
                                          Westmead Hospital, NSW
                                                 18 August 2006

  Contact: Judith Holford, Phone:(02) 9845 6255
  Email: judithh@icpmr.wsahs.nsw.gov.au.                                    Website: www.cidmpublichealth.info

                             IMC8 Eighth International Mycological Congress
                             Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
                                              20 – 25 August 2006
   Email: imc8@sapmea.asn.au                              Website: www.sapmea.asn.au/conventions/imc8/index.html

                                 The 3rd Critical Care Science Symposium
                               in conjunction with Queensland ANZICS Regional Meeting
                                      The Mercure Hotel, Brisbane, Australia
                                             24 - 26 August 2006

 Contact: Ms Katrina Smith
 Katrina.smith@wesley.com.au                               Websites: www.icuscience.com.au,   www.anzics.com.au.

                                    Workshop on ‘HIV & Overseas Work’
                                  Brisbane, Australia (venue confirmed on enrolment)
                                             9.00am – 5.00pm
                                              26 August 2006

 Contact: Mr Dale Symons
 Phone: + 61 6 3365 5926
 Email: d. symons1@uq.edu.au                                    Website: www.som.uq.edu.au/hivandhcvprojects.
ASID Newsletter July 2006                                                                                              Page 6

MEETINGS, SYMPOSIUMS, COURSES, etc (continued)
                                         12th Asian Pacific Congress of Paediatrics
                             Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Colombo, Sri Lanka
                                                   5 – 8 September 2006
   Contact: Sr Lanka College of Paediatricians
   No. 6, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka.
   Phone: +0094 11 2863 178, Fax: +0094 11 2863 178
   Email: slcp@sltnet.lk                                                                               Website: www.slcp.slt.lk

                             RACP New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting
                       (combined with IMSANZ & the ANZ Society of Nephrology – NZ Chapter)
                                Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown, New Zealand
                                               19 – 22 September 2006
                                                                                            Website: www.dcms.co.nz/racp/


                                                    ICAAC 2006
                     46th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
                                           San Franciso, California, U.S.A.
                                             27 – 30 September 2006
   Contact: American Society for Microbiology
   1752 N Street, NW, Washington DC, 20036-2904, USA
   Email: icaac@amusa.org                                                                        Website: www.icaac.org

                ACH Workshop 2006 (Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research)
                                     Carlton Crest Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
                                                     8 - 11 October 2006
   Contact: ASHM Conference 2006
   Locked Mail Bag 5057, Darlinghurst NSW 1300, Australia
   Email: conferenceinfo@ashm.org.au
   Phone: +61 2 8204 0770; Fax: +61 2 9212 4670                                      Website: www.ashm.org.au/conference

                                 Australasian Sexual Health Conference 2006
                                          Preventions and Interventions for All
                                     Carlton Crest Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
                                                     9 - 11 October 2006
   Contact: Australasian Sexual Health Conference 2006
   Locked Mail Bag 5057, Darlinghurst NSW 1300, Australia
   Email: conferenceinfo@sexualhealth2006.com.au
   Phone: +61 2 8204 0770; Fax: +61 2 9212 4670                                   Website: www.sexualhealth2006.com.au
                th
             18 ASHM Annual Conference 2006 (Australasian Society for HIV Medicine Inc.)
                                     Carlton Crest Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
                                        (in conjunction with the 3rd ACH Workshop)
                                                 11 – 14 October 2006
   Contact: ASHM Conference 2006
   Locked Mail Bag 5057, Darlinghurst NSW 1300, Australia
   Email: conferenceinfo@ashm.org.au
   Phone: +61 2 8204 0770; Fax: +61 2 9212 4670                                Website: www.ashm.org.au/conference

                            NICS Using Evidence: Using Guidelines Symposium
                                                   Melbourne, Australia.
                                                 19 – 20 October 2006
   Contact: Conference Secretariat,
   National Institute of Clinical Studies,
   Level 5, 499 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Vic. 3004, Australia
   Email: info@nicsl.com.au
   Phone: +61 3 8866 0400; Fax: +61 3 8866 0499                                       Website: www.usingevidence.com.au

                                      9th Asia Oceania Congress of Sexology
                                                    Bangkok, Thailand
                                                 1 – 4 November 2006
    Contact: cverapol@ratree.psu.ac.th                                                            Website: www.cottisa.org
ASID Newsletter July 2006                                                                                        Page 7

MEETINGS, SYMPOSIUMS, COURSES, etc (continued)
                   The Australian Health & Medical Research Congress 2006
                            Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia
                                         26 November – 1 December 2006
                                                           ***** (See                page 11 for more details)
    Contact: ASN Events
    Phone: +61 3 9863 7867, Email: congress@asnevents.net.au                                  Website: www.asmr.org.au

                   The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases
                       Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania
                                 22 – 24 March 2007

    Contact: ASID Annual Scientific Meeting 2007
    Locked Mail Bag 5057, Darlinghurst NSW 1300.
    Phone: +61 2 8204 0770 Fax: +61 2 9212 4670                        Website: www.racp.edu.au/asid/asm.htm
                   17th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
                                        and 25th International Congress of Chemotherapy
                                                     31 March– 3 April 2007
   Contact: AKM Congress Service,
   PO Box CH4005 Basel, Switzerland
   Email: info@akm.ch                                                                       Website: www.eccmid-icc.org

                                               R.A.C.P. Congress 2007
                                                      Melbourne, Australia
                                                       6 – 10 May 2007
   Contact: congress@ acp.edu.au                                         Website: www.racp.edu.au/asm/index.htm

                                      25th International Congress of Pediatrics (ICP)
                                                       Athens, Greece
                                                    25 – 30 August 2007
   Contact: C & C International S.A. Conventions & Congresses
   16, Paradisou Street, 151 25 Athens – Greece
   Phone: +30 210 6889 100; Fax: +30 210 6844 777
   Email: icp2007@cnc.gr                                                                          Website: www.cnc.gr

                                                      ICAAC 2007
                   47th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
                                            San Franciso, California, U.S.A.
                                              17 – 20 September 2007
   Contact: American Society for Microbiology
   1752 N Street, NW, Washington DC, 20036-2904, USA
   Email: icaac@amusa.org                                                                      Website: www.icaac.org

             5th World Congress of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID)
                                            Bangkok, Thailand
                                        15 – 18 November 2007
   Contact: Kenes International / WSPID 2007
   17 Rue du Cendrier, PO Box 1726
   CH-1211 Geneva 1, Switzerland
   Phone: +41 22 908 0488; Fax: +41 22 732 2850
   Email: wspid@kenes.com                                                                 Website: www.kenes.com/wspid

                     Annual Scientific Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
                                 Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia
                                         29 November – 4 December 2007
   Contact: Department of Thoracic Medicine
   Royal Adelaide Hospital Chest Clinic
   275 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
    Phone: + 61 8 8222 5376; Fax: + 61 8 8222 5957
ASID Newsletter July 2006                                                                              Page 8
                                                 AUSTRALIAN HERPES MANAGEMENT FORUM
                                                 (AHFM)  is offering a Travel Grant
                                                 Scholarship of $5,000                 to allow health and

        Guidelines                               medical professionals be granted the opportunity to attend a
                                                 national or international conference at which he or she will
                                                 present a paper on laboratory, clinical or public health
                                                 research related to the herpes virus.       The Scholarship is
                                                 open to all medical graduates, fellows, trainees, sexual health
The following Guidelines have been sent to       nurses,     general   practitioners   and/or    allied   health
ASID for comment:                                professionals, and exists to increase awareness of, and
                                                 interest in, the subject of herpes in the health and medical
                                                 professions.
•   Recommendations for the Prevention           Website: http://www.ahmf.com.au/scholarship/default.htm
    of Post-Splenectomy Sepsis –                 Email: trish.berger@ahmf.com.au
    comments  received    from   ASID
    members.

•   Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic,
    Version 13 – final version endorsed by
    ASID.

•   Australasian Contact Tracing Manual
    Ed 3 Draft – available in ASID
    secretariat. The manual is designed as
    an STI contact tracing resource for
    general practitioners and public sexual
    health clinic staff.

•   National Clinical Guidelines for
    Chemical Weapons and Toxic
    Industrial Chemicals of Concern:
    Draft document for clinical consultation
    – available in ASID secretariat.

•   Two of the important technical annexes
    of    the   new    Australian    Health
    Management Plan for Pandemic
    Influenza,   the    interim    Clinical
    Guidelines and the Infection Control
    Guidelines are available on the DOHA
    website, www.health.gov.au.
    Please contact Dr Dominic Dwyer,
    dominic_dwyer@wmi.usyd.edu.au.

•   Guidelines for Use of Antifungal
    Agents in Treatment of Invasive
    Fungal Infection (available on the
    ASID website).
    Please contact:      Dr Monica Slavin,
    email: Monica.Slavin@petermac.org, if
    interested in participating in revision of
    these guidelines.
ASID Newsletter July 2006                                                                                             Page 9

                       AWARDS OFFERED TO ASID MEMBERS
•    Frank Fenner Award for Advanced Research in Infectious Diseases 2007
ASID is offering this Award of $5,000, which is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens who have performed original
research in Infectious Diseases, who have been enrolled in or completed an MD or a PhD programme in the previous seven
years, and whose Full or Associate membership has been ratified at an ASID AGM. Previous winners may not apply. The
Award will not be granted on the basis of research for which a previous award has been received. Previous unsuccessful
applicants are encouraged to apply if they are still eligible.
Applicants should submit to the ASID secretariat, 145 Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000, 4 (four) copies of:
    •    letter of application;
    •    a record of original research consisting of 5 – 10 papers published not more than 7 years prior to the closing date
         for entries, along with list of publications and summary of research; applicant’s contribution to the research must be
         specified and other authors must be listed (in the case of multiple authors, the contribution of the applicant should
         be clearly defined);
    •    any unpublished manuscripts suitable for publication, and based on work performed over the same period;
    •    current CV (include date the degree was awarded);
    •    letters from two referees who are ASID Full members.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 10 November 2006.

•    ASID ASM International Travel Award 2007
This award includes an economy class return airfare to attend an international infectious diseases meeting, accommodation
and registration up to the value of $5,000. All advanced trainees who are training with the Royal Australasian College of
Physicians and whose Associate membership has been ratified at an AGM are eligible to apply (except previous winners)
and are judged on the basis of their previous year’s Project Report submitted to the RACP. Letters will be sent to all I.D.
trainees registered for the RACP 2006 training year, inviting applications for this Award.
Applicants should submit to the ASID secretariat, 145 Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000, 4 (four) copies of:
    •    letter of application;
    •    copy of previous year’s Project Report submitted to RACP;
    •    a statement, signed by the supervisor, outlining the contribution of the trainee to the project.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 10 November 2006.

•   John Forbes Developing Nations Travelling Scholarship 2007
This Award could be awarded either to ASID Australian or New Zealand members (whose Full membership has been
ratified at an ASID AGM), wishing to visit centres in PNG or other countries in the Indian-Pacific rim for teaching or research
related to infectious diseases, or for physicians or scientists from PNG and the Indian-Pacific rim, at the invitation of a full
ASID member, to visit centres in Australia or New Zealand and/or attend appropriate meetings. The Society reimburses for
a return full economy airline ticket and travel insurance, as well as itemised reasonable living expenses, up to the value of
$3,000. Previous winners may not apply.
Applicants should submit to the ASID secretariat, 145 Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000, 4 (four) copies of:
    •    letter of application
    •    current CV;
    •    details of the focus of the work to be undertaken;
    •    a tentative itinerary of your proposed trip, if available;
    •    any further documentation you may wish to submit in support of your application.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 10 November 2006.

•   AstraZeneca Travel Scholarships (2) 2007
The ASID Council will fund two scholarships for the Annual Scientific Meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, 1 – 4 April 2006.
Applicants must be ASID members whose Full or Associate membership has been ratified at an ASID AGM, who are
currently undertaking PhDs or other postgraduate study and who are supported by a full-time or unsupplemented part-time
postgraduate scholarship (or equivalent) .Applicants must have had their abstracts accepted for presentation at the Annual
Scientific Meeting 2006. The value of the award is up to $1,500 for travel, registration and accommodation costs to attend
the meeting. (Receipts required to claim reimbursement of actual expenses.)
Applicants should submit to the ASID secretariat, 145 Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000, 4 (four) copies of:
    •    letter of application
    •    current CV;
    •    a tentative itinerary of your proposed trip, if available;
    •    copy of abstract accepted for presentation at the 2006 ASID annual scientific meeting.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 10 November 2006
ASID Newsletter July 2006                                                                                        Page 10

                   AWARDS OFFERED TO ASID MEMBERS(continued)

•   ASID Council Scholarships 2007 (2)
The ASID Council will fund two scholarships for the Annual Scientific Meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, 22-24 March 2007.
Applicants must be ASID members whose Full or Associate membership has been ratified at an ASID AGM, who are
currently enrolled full-time in a PhD or MD at the time of the meeting and who are receiving a NHMRC scholarship or
similar.
Applicants must have had their abstracts accepted for presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting 2006. The value of the
award is up to $1,500 for travel, registration and accommodation costs to attend the meeting. (Receipts required to claim
reimbursement of actual expenses.)
Applicants should submit to the ASID secretariat, 145 Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000, 4 (four) copies of:
   • Letter of application, with details of study currently being undertaken;
   • current CV;
   • abstract(s) accepted for presentation at the ASID ASM 2006.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: to be advised.


• ASID ASM Advanced Trainees Research Award 2007
This Award is seen as a means of recognising and rewarding the valuable contribution made by Advanced Trainees in the
field of Infectious Diseases who are Associate members and whose ASID membership has been ratified by an ASID AGM.
On the basis of abstracts submitted for this Award, applicants will be selected from oral presentations given at the Annual
Scientific Meeting by advanced trainees who are training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and whose
Associate membership has been ratified at an ASID AGM. The prize will be awarded based on the best oral presentation.
The judging panel will be chosen from three senior delegates attending the Meeting. Previous winners may not apply. An
award will not be granted on the basis of research for which a previous award has been received. Applicants must specify
their personal contribution to the research and list other authors.
The value of the 2007 ASID Annual Scientific Meeting Advanced Trainees Research Award is $2,000 and will be awarded
at the Annual Scientific Meeting in Hobart, Tasmania.


•   ASID ASM Best Poster Award 2007
The ASID Annual Scientific Meeting Best Poster Award 2007 will be chosen from posters presented by ASID members at
the Annual Scientific Meeting (whose Full or Associate membership has been ratified at an ASID AGM). This award will be
determined by selecting 4-6 posters for a brief oral presentation during the Meeting. Previous winners may not apply.
The judging panel will consist of a small group of senior delegates who have no association with the posters. The final
choice is based primarily on the merits of the poster supported by the oral presentation.
The value of the 2007 ASID Annual Scientific Meeting Best Poster Award is $1,000 and will be awarded at the Annual
Scientific Meeting in Hobart, Tasmania.




                           2006 ASID Award recipients:
Grant Mackenzie –              Recipient of the first AstraZeneca Award for 2006.                 His report follows:-
“I was fortunate enough to receive this award and was able to attend the 5th International Symposium on Pneumococci and
Pneumococcal Diseases, Alice Springs. I travelled from London to attend; I’ve being doing 3 months of paediatric ID, HIV,
TB in London.
To summarise the important aspects of the trip: I was able to make one oral presentation concerning my research at
Menzies in Darwin which dealt with indirect effects of infant pneumococcal vaccination, and present two posters, one
dealing with infant vaccination and effects on otitis media and another dealing with the effects on pneumococcal carriage.
The discussion and peer review associated with these presentations were valuable. I was able to strengthen links and
create new links with a number of other researchers. Importantly, I met a number of Kenyan people who I hope to be in
contact with.
I learnt a huge amount from the many other presentations at the conference. Two particularly exciting aspects were the
progress towards conjugate pneumococcal vaccines being used in less affluent countries through a combination of
imaginative financing, establishing efficacy and raising the profile of pneumococcal disease. The other was a resolution to
better fund and address the issue of child mortality due to respiratory infections. All in all, it was great to attend the
conference and I am very grateful to ASID and AstraZeneca for the support.”
   ASID Newsletter July 2006                                                                          Page 11

                          2006 ASID Award recipients:
     ASID ASM Best Poster Award                       ASID ASM Research Award for Advanced Trainees
             Alison Ratcliff                                             Andrew Redmond
                                               Sponsored by
                                                Bayer and
                                               presented by
                                             Macfarlane Burnet
                                             Speaker, Professor
                                              Daniel J. Sexton.




                   Christopher Lemoh                                       Irani Ratnam

                   Recipient of the second 2006                            Recipient of the 2006 ASID
                   AstraZeneca Award.                                      International Travel Award



                   Kumar Visvanathan                                       Vitali Lameko

                   Recipient of the 2006 Frank                             Recipient of the 2006 John
                   Fenner Award for Advanced                               Forbes Travelling
                   Research in Infectious                                  Scholarship (sponsored by
                   Diseases                                                Merck Sharp & Dohme (Aust))

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                                 2006 RACP Award recipient:
                Dr Dale Fisher - who received the John Sands Medal 2006.

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                                                                                 ASID is co-sponsoring with
                                                                              ASHM a one day symposium on
                                                                                   viral drug resistance and
                                                                                 immune escape in HIV and
                                                                                     Hepatitis viruses at the
                                                                               Australian Health and Medical
                                                                                     Research Congress in
                                                                               November 2006. We have Prof
                                                                              Doug Richman from San Diego,
                                                                              an expert in drug resistance and
                                                                                immune escape speaking as
                                                                               well as a stellar line up of local
                                                                              talent. The congress is involving
                                                                               many medical societies, some
                                                                                  of which have overlapping
                                                                                    interests with infectious
                                                                                diseases. Please come along
                                                                              and register, at least for the day,
                                                                                      to support this event.
                                                                                 www.ahmr.congress.org.au
ASID Newsletter July 2006                                                                        Page 12

          Annual Scientific Meeting 1 - 4 April 2006
                  Wellington, New Zealand




Above: ASID members gather for dinner at the        Above (left to right): Relaxing after a long day –
historic Te Marae Meeting Place, Museum of          Julie Stone, Shirley Corley (Dart Associates),
NZ, Te Papa, Tongarewa, Wellington, NZ.             Di Walsh (ASID secretariat), & Tricia Silk (Dart).




Above (left to right): Macfarlane Burnet speaker,   Above (left to right): Dr Sally Roberts (New
Dr    Daniel     Sexton,    receiving   Honorary    Zealand) - ASM conference committee - and
membership of ASID from Immediate Past              Professor Didier Raoult, (France) - invited
President, A/Professor Philip Jones.                speaker.




                                                     Next Annual Scientific
                                                     Meeting will be held in
                                                       Hobart,Tasmania
                                                     THURSDAY 22ND MARCH
                                                                         to
Above (left to right): Moving on……..
Dr Thomas Gottlieb standing down as
                                                     SATURDAY 24TH MARCH
Treasurer, elected as new Vice President;
Shirley Corley, Dart Associates, who has been
organiser of ASID conferences for 19 years;
                                                                      2007
Associate Professor Joe McCormack standing
down from ASID Council after 18 years.