DATES: 08 – 12 MAY 2024



Dr Albie de Frey

Is the Founding Member of Worldwide Travel Medical Consultants and Director of the Travel Doctor Corporate in South Africa.

Dr de Frey was instrumental in the development of the Wits Travel Medicine Course in 2000 and is a Senior Honorary Lecturer at the School of Public Health at Wits University.

He lectures to 2nd and 5th year medical students at several universities and the DTM&H at Wits.

Member of the WHO Expert Roster on Travel Health.

Dr Therese Maarschalk

Therese Maarschalk is a travel health practitioner at Travel Doctor Corporate doing pre- and post-travel consultations and looking after some 3000 expatriates worldwide. After working in Malawi and the UK she did diplomas in obstetrics, anaesthetics, tropical medicine and occupational health while in general practice. 

Therese did the first certificate in Travel Medicine at WITS in 2000 and delivered papers and posters at the ISTM conferences in New York, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Shanghai and AECTM. She is the CMO for De Beers and the OMP for AngloAmerican Corporate Campus. She is a volunteer Palliative Care doctor at a Hospice for homeless people in Hillbrow.                                  

Dr Jeremy Nel

Dr Nel graduated with an MBChB for UCT in 2006 and thereafter specialized in internal medicine at Wits University, where he later completed a fellowship in infectious diseases.

He has published research in the fields of tuberculosis, nontuberculous mycobacteria, HIV and cryptococcal meningitis.

He served as a member of the South African Ministerial Advisory Council on COVID-19, and is the national co-PI of WHO’s Solidarity Therapeutics Trial in South Africa.

Prof Mary Ross

Mary was a founder member of SASTM and the SASTM course while she was on the full-time staff of the University of the Witwatersrand in 2000. She is now an independent consultant in occupational, public health and travel medicine. During her career, she has worked in diverse positions managing health services at local, provincial and national levels, teaching, and overseeing research in her fields of interest.

Mary holds an academic appointment as honorary professor in public health medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mary is currently Chair of the ICOH working group on occupational infectious agents and convenor of the ILO group to develop occupational guideline for biological hazards. She is also a member of the WHO advisory group for the International Health Regulations. 

Dr Max Winkler

Dr Winkler completed his MBChB at UCT in 2008, in 2018 he completed his diploma in occupational health also at UCT passing with distinction. In 2015 he completed the travel medicine course where he obtained the Best Student Award. 

He is self-employed and divides his time between his general practice in Hout Bay and his various occupational health commitments across Cape Town. He is passionate about travel medicine and it’s growth across the African continent. 

Max is the current President of SASTM.

Dr Fanie Jute

Dr Fanie Jute is currently employed as Regional Medical Director Africa with International SOS based in Johannesburg.

He joined International SOS in 2008 as Regional Medical Director based in Jakarta, Indonesia and was subsequently re-assigned to Dubai, UAE until August 2018. Prior to joining International SOS, Dr Jute was employed by an international mining company in 2003 as a health services manager to remote mining projects based in Mali and Tanzania. During this period he managed all aspects of remote health care delivery including Public and Occupational Health. 

Dr Jute is a South African citizen with 30 years of professional experience. He completed his Masters in Family Medicine from University of Orange Free State, South Africa in 2000 and attained postgraduate qualifications in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and Travel Medicine. He is a member of various professional bodies including the South African Society of Travel Medicine, International Society of Travel Medicine and South African Academy of Family Practice/Primary Care.

Dr Kim Pieton

Dr Pieton completed her MBBCh in 2004 at Wits University. She has been in private practice in Rosebank since July 2018. She holds an Honorary post as consultant of infectious diseases at Chris Hani Baragwaneth Hospital and has a dual position with Wits University as a lecturer.

Mrs Lynda Steyn

Mrs Steyn studied pharmacy at the University of the Witwatersrand and graduated with a BPharm in 1993. She then worked in retail and hospital pharmacy in South Africa before moving to the United States in 1997, where she worked as a pharmacist for six years.

Upon returning to South Africa in 2003 she worked in retail and hospital pharmacies until joining Amayeza Info Services as a Medicine Information Pharmacist in 2015.
As part of medicine information, she writes articles for various medical journals and also does training for nurses, pharmacists and doctors in Vaccinology.
Mrs Steyn completed the SASTM Travel Medicine Course in 2019 with distinction and became a member of the SASTM Executive Committee in October 2021.

Dr Chris Van Straten

Dr Chris van Straten – Global Health Advisor & Medical Director of Clinical Governance at International SOS. Chris is responsible for the oversight and support of Regional Medical Directors and teams in the implementation of all aspects of clinical governance systems, site medical reporting and remote site medical support. Chris studied music prior to studying medicine in Pretoria and holds a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Global eHealth from the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Robert Weiss

Robert Weiss graduated at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1980. He studied dermatology at the University of the Witwatersrand and completed his Fellow of the College of Dermatology exams in 1986.

He is currently the immediate past- President of the Dermatology Society of South Africa

Dr Weiss has been the editor of S A Dermatology Review for the last 14 years He has published widely in both local and international peer-reviewed journals and is on the South African National Guidelines Committees for Atopic eczema, Acne, Psoriasis and the Psoriasis biologics review committee.

Dr Weiss serves on a number of medical advisory boards to multinational companies.

His interests include bird watching, cycling and mountain climbing. He has recently published a book on high altitude trekking in the Himalayas.

Prof Lucille Blumberg

Professor Lucille Blumberg is an infectious diseases and clinical microbiology specialist at ‘Right to Care’. She has honorary appointments at the National institute for Communicable Diseases and the Universities of Stellenbosch and Pretoria (Faculty of Veterinary Science). 

Her special interests are in tropical diseases, travel medicine, malaria, the viral haemorrhagic fevers, rabies and One Health.

She is a member of a number of International and South African expert groups including the National Rabies Advisory Group and the National Malaria Advisory Group. 

Dr Jack Meintjes

Dr Meintjes is presently employed at the Tygerberg Academic Hospital and the Facility of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University.

He is a Specialist Consultant in Occupational Medicine, Head of the Unit for Infection Prevention and Control as well as the programme co-ordinator of all postgraduate programmes in Underwater Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine.

He is the Medical director of Divers Alert Network Southern Africa, and Director of MedOccs – a company providing operational medical support to commercial divers.

Practical experience: He was employed in the military for 11 years and was responsible for the medical support for the SA Navy divers and submariners.  After this he got involved in the international commercial diving sector, doing approximately 800 diving medical examinations per year.  Dr Meintjes was the medical officer on site during the 270m deep dive in 2005, where Dave Shaw lost his life (and spent more than 9 hours in the chamber saving the lives of his companions).

Dr Salim Parker

Dr Parker is a General practitioner from Cape Town with an interest in all aspects of Travel Medicine.

He has been accompanying pilgrims as a medical officer since 2000 and has conducted and published research relating to mass gatherings including the chapter in the CDC Yellow Book.

He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Travel Medicine and the International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health.

Dr Parker is a SASTM Executive Member and a Board Member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM).

Dr Evan Shoul

Dr Evan Shoul is a Specialist Physician / Sub-Specialist in Infectious Diseases working in Private Practice in Johannesburg.

Dr Marius van Aswegen

Dr Marius van Aswegen is an Industrial Psychologist by profession, specialising in Expatriate Psychology. He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.   

Marius provides professional consulting services in the following areas:

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and conflict resolution
  • International assignee/expatriate selection, preparation and management
  • Marius is contracted with International SOS and Inhemaco in providing psychological counseling support to international assignees and their families relating to trauma situations.
  • He is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) Interest Group for Traveller Psychological Health.

Among others, the specific focus area of the Interest Group is the provision of relevant and research-based solutions for international mental health service providers in managing the new world of work and living during and post the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Prof Theuns Avenant

Theunis Avenant heads the Department of Paediatrics at Kalafong Provincial Tertiary Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of Pretoria. He is a registered sub-specialist in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and regularly lectures at conferences on diverse topics in this field. In addition to serving on several University and Hospital committees has served on the executive committees of the South African Paediatric Association (SAPA) and the Southern African Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases. He has published in leading peer-reviewed journals such as PLOS Medicine, Journal of Clinical Virology and Clinical Infectious Diseases. Other interests include travel medicine, undergraduate and postgraduate medical training

Prof Andreas Engelbrecht

Dr Linda Erasmus

Linda Erasmus is a medical epidemiologist working at the Centre for Enteric Diseases (CED), National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

Linda joined the NHLS in 1992, after completing her specialist degree. She worked in routine diagnostic laboratories until she joined the NICD in 2010.

Prof John Frean

Prof Frean is currently the Principal pathologist and Senior Lecturer at the National Health Laboratory Services and the University of the Witwatersrand.

Prof Frean’s areas of expertise are clinical and diagnostic microbiology, especially parasitology and malaria parasite drug resistance.


Southern Sun Hotel Rosebank, Johannesburg

Corner Tyrwitt & Sturdee Ave, Rosebank, Gauteng, South Africa


  • Standard Registration: ZAR 11 200. incl. VAT
  • Standard Registration including Halaal: ZAR 12 750. incl. VAT
  • Standard Registration including Kosher: ZAR 12 750. incl. VAT


A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCE IN TRAVEL MEDICINE will be issued by the University of the Witwatersrand to each student on successful completion of the course.

Successful completion of the Travel Medicine Course is required by the Department of Health for the issuing of a YELLOW FEVER LICENCE. Details on how to obtain your licence will be provided to you on the course.

Registration Form:

SASTM is no longer accepting new registrations for the 2024 Travel Medicine Course

Important Information:

Admission Requirements:

The following requirements are applicable for admission on the Travel Medicine Course: (If these criteria are not met, you application will not be successful).

Target group: The course is aimed at licensed health care practitioners who are already involved in travel medicine or who intend to set up practice in travel health care.

Minimum operational requirements: Please refer to Starting a Clinic on the Menu for the minimum operational requirements for establishing a Travel Medicine Clinic.

Other requirements:

SASTM has the following requirements for the operation of Travel Medicine Clinics and these requirements are applicable for admission to the course:

Individuals who practice travel medicine should be licensed health-care practitioners (e.g. a registered nurse and a medical practitioner working collaboratively) with a background in family practice, internal medicine, paediatrics, public health or infectious diseases. 

A medical practitioner, suitably qualified in travel medicine and who has a yellow fever license, must be in overall charge of a Travel Medicine Clinic.  The overseeing medical practitioner must give proof of attending a Travel Medicine Course, Refresher Course, Congress or Update meeting pertaining to the discipline of Travel Medicine in the past five years.

The medical practitioner will assume medico-legal responsibility for and oversee the entire operation of the Travel Medicine Clinic.  

The knowledge base is broad, and it is for this reason that a Travel Medicine Clinic must be supervised by a health-care professional as indicated above. The core knowledge includes a basic knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • Geography
  • Global distribution, epidemiology, mode of transmission, prevention and, if appropriate, self-treatment of travel-associated infectious diseases.             
  • Immunology and the immune system.                 
  • Indications, contraindications, pharmacology, drug interactions and adverse events of available travel-related drugs and vaccines.           
  • Preventions and management of non-infectious disease risks for travellers.
  • Aside from the skills required to practice as a health care professional, the following skills are mandatory for the travel medicine practitioner:
  • The ability to undertake a basic health assessment.         
  • Evaluation of any underlying health problems.

The assessment of the health of the traveller is an important aspect of the pre-travel consultation. This would often necessitate examination of the traveller, evaluation of underlying or concurrent chronic conditions, general health and providing information to obtain optimal control of chronic illness.

  • Individual risk assessment to determine the traveller’s health risks.
  • Risk reduction strategies
  • Recognition of any travel-related illness 
  • All post-travel consultations should be managed by a medical practitioner        
  • Timely medical assessment for the management of travel-related illness 

CPD Points – This course is a CPD accredited activity: Points TBC

Study Material:

What you will receive when accepted on the Travel Medicine Course:

Your course material will be sent to you via Postnet counter to counter service or can be collected from the SASTM office once you receive confirmation of acceptance on the course and have made payment. 

This will consist of the following: 

  • A Guide to the Practice of Travel Medicine in the South African Context 3rd Edition (Hard copy)
  • WHO International Travel and Health (electronic copy via Jumpshare)
  • Beyond Childhood Vaccination (Hard copy and electronic update via Jumpshare)
  • The Older Traveller (eBook via Jumpshare)
  • Travel Medicine Anthology (Hard copy)
  • Journal articles (electronic via Jumpshare)
  • Healthy Travel for Seniors (Hard copy)
  • Traveller’s Guide – 3rd Edition 2022 (Hard copy)
  • SASTM 2024 Membership Certificate

You will be given access to the SASTM Moodle where speaker’s presentations will be loaded once they have been received. Please take note, they will only be available to students within the week prior to the start of the Course. 

PLEASE make every effort to STUDY the material as soon as you receive it. It is a large volume of work to cover and you will NOT be able to absorb and know it all if you only start at the time of the course. 

Remember that you will be writing an MCQ exam ON ARRIVAL on the first day of the course, which counts towards your total pass mark. This exam as well as the final (last day) exam is compulsory.

Course and Registration Dates:

COURSE DATES: 08 – 12 MAY 2024



Important Information:

Registration: only on-line applications are accepted / No fax applications will be accepted

Procedure following registration:

Once your On-line application has been received, you will receive confirmation that it has been received by the SASTM office.

Your application is then processed and submitted to the University of the Witwatersrand for approval.

Please note: This process can take several weeks.

Once approval has been received from the University of the Witwatersrand, the SASTM office will invoice you electronically.

Once you have made payment and sent confirmation to the SASTM office your Course Material will be couriered to you.

The Course Material is couriered via Postnet, Counter to Counter service. (This is not applicable to applicants outside the borders of South Africa. In this case the Course Material is couriered directly to you).

Places are limited to 100 students.

Course Cost and Cancellation Policy:

Please refer to the important information below regarding registering for the course:

There is a Halaal surcharge of R 1 550 Incl. VAT

There is a Kosher surcharge of R 1 550 Incl. VAT

Please note the venue has a Halaal friendly kitchen and vegetarian meals are served at no extra charge.

The course fee DOES NOT include the cost of your accommodation and flights.

Included in the course fee:

  • SASTM Membership Fee for 2024 – with full membership benefits (please refer to MEMBERSHIP on the SASTM website to view membership benefits)
  • Includes teas and lunches
  • Includes course material

Full payment will be required on notification of acceptance of application to confirm your place on the course.


Cancellation four months prior to course – full refund less 10% administration fee | Cancellation four to two months prior to the course – 50% refund | Cancellation two months and up to start of course – no refund

IAMAT Travel Medicine Scholarship:


Application for the IAMAT-Violet Williams Travel Medicine Scholarship and the

IAMAT-Robert & Haru Fisher Travel Medicine Scholarship

Thank you for your interest in IAMAT’s Travel Medicine Scholarships.

The two scholarships are administered on behalf of IAMAT by the South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM).


The scholarships are awarded to a doctor or nurse living and working in an African country (outside of South Africa).

Applicants will be considered for both scholarships.

The IAMAT scholar will be chosen based on the following:

• Knowledge in travel medicine

• Capacity and commitment to expand travel medicine in the workplace and region/country

• Currently see travellers in your practice (inbound or outbound travellers)

• Passionate about learning travel medicine best practices and teaching them to your colleagues and students

• Proven excellent English writing and speaking proficiency

• Preference will be given to candidates under the age of 40 years

Scholarship details

The scholarships include the following components:

1.           SASTM Travel Medicine Course

• The course is delivered through a series of lectures, discussions, and problem-solving sessions. The scholar will receive study materials and is expected to review them thoroughly prior to the course. The scholar must take two exams (before and after the course) and submit a travel medicine project following the course. Upon successful completion, a Certificate of Competence will be issued by the University of the Witwatersrand.

• SASTM course information: https://sastm.org.za/tmc-2024-redone/

Dates: May 8 – 12, 2024

2. Clinical observations

• Clinical observations focusing on pre-travel consultations will take place at the Travel Doctor clinic in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

• Travel Doctor website: http://traveldoctor.co.za/

Dates: May 7 and May 13 and 14, 2024 (one day before and two days after the Course)

3.           Mentorship

IAMAT scholars have access to advice from a travel medicine practitioner before and after the scholarship training for a maximum of 2 hours per month from 1 January 2024 until the start of the course and available again after the course until 31 December 2024.

The scholarships include the full tuition, educational materials, and accommodation. The recipient is responsible for transportation to Johannesburg and any additional miscellaneous costs. Upon successful completion of the course, the scholar will be reimbursed for the airfare (economy class).

Application process

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Current certificate of medical or nursing registration

4. Copy of Passport

5. An essay of approximately 500 words explaining the following:

    a. Your interest in travel medicine

    b. How you plan to expand the field of travel medicine in your country or region

    c. How the scholarship can assist you to achieve your professional goals. 

Next steps

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in November for a video conference interview.

The successful candidate will be expected to sign a scholarship contract.