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Dr Bob Kass - Public Health Physician



  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery,
    University of Sydney

  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians

  • Master of Science, Maternal and Child Health,
    University of London

  • Diploma of Child Health, University of London

  • Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Professional Experience

Dr. Bob Kass

Doctor Bob Kass holds specialist qualifications in paediatrics and public health medicine and is one of Australia’s pioneers in the discipline of travel medicine. After working overseas for a number of years, he returned to Australia in 1989 and took the role of General Manager and National Medical Director of the Travellers Medical & Vaccination Centre. Over a twelve year period he grew the organisation from just two to more than twenty-three centres throughout Australia and internationally. He was Chief Executive Officer of Travel Doctor TMVC Pty Ltd for eight years. He also served on the board of the International Society for Travel Medicine (ISTM) for three years.

In 2005 he established Globe Medical; a diverse medical centre providing primary care services for international students and inner city workers as well as outbound travellers. Globe Medical is internationally recognised for excellence in the practice of travel medicine.  He believes it is important for doctors to maintain general medical skills while still looking after international travellers.

Bob has vast international experience, having worked overseas in public health, paediatrics and tropical medicine. “Personal experience in travel” is fundamental for the practice of travel medicine. His work has taken him to Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, United Kingdom, Tonga, Tokelau, Uganda, India, Nepal and Burma. In recent years he has experienced a number of extreme treks including KokodaMt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kinabalu. Bob’s extensive and diverse international experiences allow him to offer rich and invaluable insights at health briefings. These are given to employees and their families being placed in medium to high risk overseas locations. He is also Medical Advisor to a number of volunteer groups including the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD), Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID),  Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) and Engineers without Borders (EWB).

Special Clinical Interests

  • Travel Medicine

  • Tropical Medicine

  • International Maternal and Child Health

  • Corporate and occupational medicine

Research and Teaching Interests

Bob currently holds a senior lecturer’s appointment in the University of Adelaide's Department of General Practice, where he is involved in their course on international health. Bob is regarded as an entertaining and enthusiastic lecturer whose broad life experiences provide unique perspectives to aspiring medicos. His areas of research and teaching interest include malaria, traveller’s diarrhoea, emerging infectious diseases and tropical child health. He is a regular contributor of educational articles to a number of Australian medical magazines including the Medical Observer.

During the SARS crisis of 2003 he conducted numerous workshops on the "real risk" versus "perceived risk" of exposure to the disease. Over the years he has spoken at many conferences where he has highlighted the important role travel clinics play during disease outbreaks such as SARS and Avian Influenza. This was demonstrated by his visit to Singapore and Taiwan in 2004, where he spoke to public health specialists on the role of travel clinics in the practice of travel medicine.


Selected publications include:

  • Lawrence GL, Burgess MA, Kass RB. "Age-related risk of adverse events following yellow fever vaccination in Australia". Commun Dis Intell. 2004; 28(2): 244-248

  • Gherardin AW, Scrimgeour DJ, Lau SC, Phillips MA, Kass RB. "Early rabies antibody response to intramuscular booster in previously intradermally immunized travelers using human diploid cell rabies vaccine". J Travel Med 2001; 8:122-126

  • Phillips MA, Kass RB. "User Acceptability Patterns for Mefloquine and Doxycycline Malaria Chemoprophylaxis". J Travel Med 1996; 3:40-45

  • Robinson P, Ruff T, Kass RB. "Australian Case-Control Study of Adverse Reactions to Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine". J Travel Med 1995; 2:159-164

  • Kass RB, Meumann F. "Hospitalisation for childhood diarrhoea in Central Australia". Aust Clin Rev. 1985; 5(19): 178-183

  • Hanna JN, Kass RB. "Immunization status of aboriginal children in Central Australia". Med J Aust. 1985 Oct 28; 143(9 Suppl): S56-7

Professional Associations

  • Served on the Executive Board of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)

  • Active member of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, which is part of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians

  • Served as a member of the Tsunami Committee providing input into the Communicable Diseases Network Committee

  • Travel Health Advisory Group (THAG)

Session Times

9.30am - 5pm
9.30am - 1pm