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The 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

Over 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).

Objectives of the Department 

The goals and objectives of the Department of Medical Entomology include the following:

(a) To provide a morphological diagnostic service and reference laboratory for arthropods of medical and public health importance.

(b)   To provide a service for the detection, isolation and identification of human disease agents carried by arthropods.

(c)   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.

(d)   To provide a consultation service with expert advice on the prevention and control of infestations of arthropods of public health concern.

(e)  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.

(f)    To undertake research into issues related to medical entomology in Australia.

More information?

Consult the Department's web site: www.medent.usyd.edu.au

General enquiries: Tel. 02 9845 7548, Fax: 02 9893 8659

 Laboratory hours: Monday-Friday 8.00am-4.30pm