Kate moved to New Zealand ten years ago having trained in the U.K. and South Africa, where she was involved in clinical TB research and programme development. She works as an Infectious Diseases and Acute Physician in the Bay of Plenty and is the clinical leader for medical services and ED. She is heavily involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education and is passionate about the importance of developing innovation and clinical leadership in the younger medical generation as well as fostering true interdisciplinary teams, breaking down the silos that limit progress.
Infectious Disease: When The World Comes To You
In the past, Tropical Medicine and international patterns of disease were the speciality interest of Infectious Diseases Physicians and made for entertaining but somewhat irrelevant tutorials for trainees. However, with increasingly efficient air travel and rapidly diversifying local populations it is essential that all general physicians have some knowledge of the more commonly imported conditions and the impact of drug resistance to presentations and management. This update will focus on some key conditions that demonstrate this diversity of the NZ population and the infections they bring with them.