Department of Medical Entomology at Westmead
Hospital is a joint
facility of the University
of Sydney and the Institute
of Clinical Pathology
and Medical Research (ICPMR). The Department is part of the
Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Laboratory Services
(CIDMLS) and is the only Hospital/Academic Department of Medical
Entomology anywhere in Australia.
The Medical Entomology Laboratory
is the conferred NSW state and the de
facto Australian national reference laboratory for medical
and public health entomology.
Bed Bug Research & Activities
recent years, the Department has been at the forefront of documenting
the resurgence of Bed Bugs in Australia, and has produced a
number of publications for the scientific & pest control
communities (see 'Bed Bug Articles'), as
well as lecturing on Bed Bugs and their control to organisations
such as pest managers, pesticide industries, environmental health
officers, hotel maintenance staff, the accommodation industry
and the armed forces, to name a few. The Department has the
only Bed Bug colonies in Australia, which are available for
research and control purposes (on a cost recovery basis).
of the Department
goals and objectives of the Department of Medical Entomology
include the following:
To provide a morphological diagnostic service and reference laboratory
for arthropods of medical and public health importance.
To provide a service for the detection, isolation and identification
of human disease agents carried by arthropods.
To provide a capability to undertake field and laboratory investigations
related to the epidemiology and control of human arthropod-borne
diseases and other adverse conditions associated with arthropods.
To provide a consultation service with expert advice on the prevention
and control of infestations of arthropods of public health concern.
To provide teaching and appropriate instruction in all aspects of
medical and public health entomology to tertiary students and
health service professionals and related personnel.
To undertake research into issues related to medical entomology in
Consult the Department's
web site: www.medent.usyd.edu.au
enquiries: Tel. 02
, Fax: 02 9893 8659