Responsible Travel

Council Members

Chair:Anne Maclean, United Kingdom

Anne MacLean
Anne Maclean BSc MRPharmS DTM MFTM RCPS(Glasg) Independent Prescriber
Anne is passionate about Travel Medicine and about the impact of travel on the host country and on the environment. Qualifying as a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber in 2009 she has practised Travel Medicine since 2007.

Following successful completion of the Diploma in Travel Medicine in 2013 she took her Membership exams in 2015 and became a Member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

In 2013 Anne established Gecko Travel Clinic Limited within the Stirling University Medical Practice. In 2020 the company was awarded a two-year contract to run the programme to immunise student nurses and paramedics, supporting the University’s Occupational Health Department. Whilst overseas travel is very limited Anne is enjoying working with NHS Forth Valley as a COVID-19 Vaccinator.

She has contributed to the webinar series of the BGTHA, the online book and has also organised and presented at, several multi-disciplinary meetings.
Anne regularly attends conferences in the UK and overseas and has travelled extensively worldwide.

With extensive experience in community and hospital pharmacy,she worked as a Pharmacist Manager for several years and then progressed to the position of Superintendent Pharmacist for eleven years. During this time Anne volunteered as a group facilitator for the Stirling and Central Scottish Branch of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and became Vice Chairman and Chairman.

Through volunteering with the charity Pharmacist Support for eighteen years she gained an insight into the wide variety of occupational and other challenges that Pharmacists experience both in the workplace and at home. Anne found this work to be very interesting and worthwhile.

In addition to travelling Anne is a keen linguist, cyclist, skier, certified scuba diver and photographer. Other hobbies include hillwalking, yoga, reading, cooking, music and gardening.

Professional Memberships ISTM member since 2012 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow for many years BGTHA (British Global Travel Health Association) since 2010 IAMAT member for many years RPS (Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain) since 1981 General Pharmaceutical Council Pharmacists’ Defence Association

ISTM Interest Group Memberships:-
Responsible Travel
Student Travel Abroad
Psychological Health of Travelers
Older Travelers
Expedition and Wilderness Medicine
Migrant and Refugee Health
Pharmacist Professional Group

Immediate Past Chair:Aisha Khatib, Canada

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Trish Smith, Australia

Trish Smith
Trish Smith, AFTM, RCPS (Glasg) completed her Diploma in Travel Medicine in 2011. She joined ISTM and completed the ISTM Certificate in Travel HealthTM CTH® in 2012. A Registered Nurse with post graduate qualifications in Midwifery, Education, Child Health and Travel Medicine, Trish found travel and tropical medicine, responsible and sustainable travel, cruise ship tourism and education a good platform and source of information for her interests and practice. Trish has been an active member of the Examination Committee since 2014 and became Chair for the Responsible Travel Group June 2019.

Trish has lived, worked and volunteered internationally in varying nursing and education capacties for the past 19 years. Each country has been different and sometimes challenging, but mostly motivating and thought provoking. From  working in the confines of limited infrastructure and learning to improvise, to state of the art facilities, her experiences have been invaluable. These experiences were gained while accompanying her husband with their children on assignment to the following locations:

Tinian Island, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
• Tutored Registered Nurses from other countries working in hospitality to sit the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)  while preparing to take her own exam.
• Volunteered with disaster management following Typhoon activity including first aid


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St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
• Assistant Professor of Nursing, Baccalaureate Nursing Programme
• Volunteered with disaster management following hurricane activity on the island
• Volunteered at Virgin Islands Montessori school maintaining library and assisting as needed

London, United Kingdom
• Coordinating nurse for International SOS
• International Nurse Adviser for Voluntary Services Overseas VSO

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• Volunteer English teacher for Myanmar Refugee children
• Pro Bono advice to assist colleague and prepare staff to obtain ISO certification for their dedicated occupational health and travel clinic

Trish is now taking time to resettle in Australia with her family after so many years away and focusing on returning to the workplace.


Joanne Grey, Australia

Jo-Anne graduated from the University of Queensland Medical School in 2001 and gained her Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2006. A “late starter” in medicine, she spent 19 years working as a Registered Nurse prior to commencing medical studies. She was sponsored through medicine by the Australian Defence Force and spent three years after graduation as the Regimental Medical Officer at 2nd Health Services Battalion, Gallipoli Barracks. It was here that her interest in tropical medicine was ignited.

Jo-Anne especially enjoys and has completed further studies in travel and tropical medicine (often travelling overseas to study and volunteer her skills). She loves hearing about new places to travel and will happily swap stories, photos and travel tips. Jo-Anne also has a special interest in skin cancer medicine (including dermoscopy and minor procedures) and is a Registered Medical Officer for UK Oil and Gas Examinations.

Passionate about excellence in health care, she enjoys working with a small, dynamic, dedicated team in a stimulating environment where preventive health and health promotion are the guiding principles.

MBBS (University of Queensland) 2001
Master of Public Health (Health Promotion) 2008
Australian Diploma of Dermoscopy 2009
Certificate of Travel Health 2013
International Short Course in Tropical Medicine 2013
Medical Practitioners Accreditation Course Oil and Gas (UK Association) 2013
Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2016

Professional Association Memberships
Fellow – Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Member – International Society of Travel Medicine
Member – Australasian College of Tropical Medicine
Accredited Medical Officer – Oil and Gas UK

Tullia Marcolongo, Canada

Tullia Marcolongo
Tullia Marcolongo is the Executive Director of IAMAT – International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers. With a focus on responsible travel, Tullia helps travellers plan a healthy trip. She has published guides on travel and mental health, travel health insurance, how to stay well abroad, and navigating medical care in another country. Tullia is the Chair of the Psychological Health of Travellers interest group of the International Society of Travel Medicine and a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She holds a Certificate in Travel Health®.

Caroline Nash, Australia

Caroline Nash
Caroline Nash(Australia) is a Clinical Manager for Aspen Medical, an Australian-owned global provider of healthcare solutions. She has postgraduate qualifications in Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Infection Prevention and Control, Travel Medicine and Immunisation practice. Caroline has undertaken a number of overseas deployments to the Pacific region and to Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak. She has studied tropical medicine internationally and has a special interest in Rabies, having co-authored a Rabies awareness brochure for travellers.

Caroline is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (FACTM) and a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FFTM). Caroline is passionate about educating travellers and health professionals about all aspects of travel medicine. Caroline was elected on to the steering committee of the ISTM Nurses Professional Group (NPG) in 2016. Her aim as a member of the leadership council is to strengthen the network of nurses within the NPG and ISTM and to welcome new members to the group. She would also like to provide support to nurses that are new to the field of Travel Medicine.

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The Responsible Travel Interest Group Charter

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Recent and Current Activities

A primary focus of our group is on raising awareness of destination community issues and encouraging networking among interested members at ISTM Regional Meeting and International Congresses.

If you have suggestions regarding any aspect below or new ideas for the Responsible Travel Group to consider, please direct your comments to the current Chair. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Special Interest Areas

Ethics in Tourism: Jim Bond, Irmgard Bauer
Sex Tourism: Irmgard Bauer
Voluntourism: Irmgard Bauer
Health Voluntourism: Susanna Maybin, Irmgard Bauer

Special Advisers:

Dr. Nikolic Nebojsa – Maritime Medicine
Dr. Michael Muehlenbein – Ecotourism, One Health

Recent Responsible Travel related presentations and workshops given by group members at regional and international conferences have focused on voluntourism, and sex and romance tourism. An interactive workshop about ethical dilemmas on expeditions and safaris is currently being planned for the SASTM conference in September 2016.

Members of the group can interact through the group discussion forum and we are looking at ways to promote this. We are also working on a list of references to add to the group page library for those members interested in learning more about Responsible Travel related subjects.

Following the success of the Responsible Travel stand at the ISTM International Conference in Quebec in May 2015 where members were able to meet with Responsible Travel council members and discuss effects and challenges of travel and tourism for host communities, we plan to repeat the stand at future conferences.

Participation in the ISTM charities donation programme.

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Past Activities

Presentations and workshops at regional and international Travel Medicine conferences including a pre-conference course at CISTM13. Topics have included sex tourism, exploited hosts, voluntourism, impact of tourism on developing countries, ecotourism and medical tourism.

Exhibition highlighting the condition of porters in Nepal at CISTM7.

Initiative securing sponsorship to sponsor eight health care professionals from destination countries to attend CISTM7 and CISTM9.

Member Survey 2011 to enable the council to move forward on projects to serve group members.

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Information Sheets

Group newsletters, minutes of meeting and information references relating to responsible travel can be found in the library section of the group member page.

**These references have been recommended by group members.  They do not necessarily represent the full picture of the topic under discussion and should therefore serve only as a starting point for those who wish to learn more about issues relating to responsible travel.**

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We would like to hear from you. Please email your ideas, comments and suggestions to Trish Smith. Group members are invited to get in touch via the Responsible Group discussion forum.

  • Promoting ethical travel medicine practice
  • Raising awareness about the impacts on local communities and the environment
    • Voluntourism
    • Health voluntourism
    • Cruise ship voluntourism
    • Expeditions
    • Tribal tourism
    • Sex tourism
    • Elephant-back tours
    • The Responsible Travel Interest Group RTG (formerly the Destinations Communities Support Group) has responsibility for identifying and raising awareness among the Travel Health profession of social, environmental, cultural andhealth issues caused by travel and tourism within destination communities.
    • The RTG aims to encourage and conduct research and develop strategies to protect local destination communities from the negative impacts of tourism
    •  The RTG will work with other ISTM committees and groups in areas of mutual interest especially membership, research, health of migrants and refugees,the travel industry and public education committees
    •  The RTG also seeks to promote the development of Travel Medicine and theISTM in countries traditionally considered host countries