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Dr. Ben Burford
Medical Practitioner, Expatriate Health, Tropical Medicine, Rural Medicine

Returned Traveller com is a resource to improve your management of illnesses in returned travellers with a focus on tropical illnesses. Recognise and manage these better to benefit your patients and improve the efficiency of your pre-travel advice.

The blog is regularly updated and there is a course on dengue you can enrol in for those with an interest to manage tropical diseases better.

Hi, I am Ben Burford; my interest in tropical diseases started after my parents moved to Hyderabad, India in the late 1970s. After finishing a medical degree in Adelaide, I spent 8 months in 1991 travelling mainly overland across South-East Asia from Timor to Nepal and India.

In 1993 I completed a DTM&H at Mahidol University, Bangkok. Then followed work in remote northern Australia and several missions for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on the Kenyan/Somali border, PNG & Kosovo.

In between diverse shorter term contracts e.g. working in TB/Malaria on the Thai/Myanmar border; AusAID contract in public health Bougainville; I worked in both rural and urban general practice in Australia.

From 2000, I settled down slightly, and spent 12 years in Lao P.D.R. firstly as the Australian Embassy doctor; and then as the UN Physician from 2007-2009. Since 2012 I have been based in Thailand. I am also a reviewer for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Life isn’t just about us, and since I have worked in lots of countries less fortunate than Australia, you might have the question about any good organisations to make any donations to. 

One aid project I do like is this one https://shop.ata.org.au/gift-of-light  from the The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) in Melbourne. Volunteers help to install solar lighting etc in remote East Timorese villages without electricity. We like donating a solar set for a house, and have donated a few, but there are many options. It is also tax deductible.

We also donate to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) https://www.msf.org.au/

Understanding Dengue Including Severe Dengue
Recognise and manage appropriately cases of Severe Dengue as separate from simple Dengue (Primary Dengue.) This course distills the knowledge gained from personally working in the field in Southeast Asia as well as studying hundreds of papers and articles.
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