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Mosquito Management Course 2013

Announcing the 2013 Mosquito Management Course to be held 21-25 October 2013 in Mandurah

This highly regarded 4½-day live-in course is the only mosquito management training available in WA/NT and is recommended for people working in:

  • environmental and public health;
  • environmental, water and wastewater management; and
  • environmental engineering and pest control.

The course includes lectures, practical mosquito identification sessions, field work and equipment demonstrations and is offered approximately every 2 years.

  • The topics covered in this course include:
  • mosquito biology and ecology;
  • diseases transmitted by mosquitoes;
  • collection techniques (both for larval and adult mosquitoes);
  • mosquito identification;
  • development of management plans; and
  • management/control approaches, chemicals and equipment including displays and demonstrations

 mosquito course

Participants from the 2009 Mosquito Management Course attending a lecture on mosquito biology.

 

A practical display of mosquito control equipment by Scott Severn during the 2009 Course.

 

Participants identifying mosquitoes.

For a draft program outline see the link below:

Course program

Registration

Places on this course are limited and will be in demand, so you are encouraged to register very soon to avoid disappointment. A place on the course will only be guaranteed when your registration payment has been received by the Department of Health (see box below).  

Registration for the course will close on the 2 September 2013 or earlier if the course fills. 

Course Registration for the week is $1000.00 (plus GST), which includes lunches and morning/afternoon teas. Do not pay now. The Department of Health will send an invoice once your completed registration form has been received. Please note, there is a cancellation fee of $100.00

Download the registration form here and once completed, return it to the Department of Health:

Registration form Mosquito Management Course 2013

Two free student registrations will be offered for the course.  Please see the "student" section below for more details.

Registered course participants will be contacted during August with further details of the course timetable and what they need to bring.

Accommodation

You are encouraged to stay at the course venue (Sebel Mandurah) for social and professional interaction; however, some participants may choose to arrange accommodation elsewhere.

Accommodation at the Sebel Mandurah includes Studio rooms (http://www.mirvachotels.com/sebel-mandurah (External link)). Prices for accommodation are set per room and can accommodate a king bed or twin share. 

You may wish to organise to share your room with another participant. The Department of Health can provide details of other participants who are happy to share rooms. Please let us know if you would like to share accommodation and we will add you to our list.

You will require accommodation for either four or five nights, depending on whether you intend to travel to Mandurah on the Sunday evening or Monday morning (course registration will be at 10:00am on Monday 21 October).

Accommodation bookings/payment must be made directly to the Sebel Mandurah. Please contact the Sebel to make a room booking on 08 9512 8300 and state that you are attending the Mosquito Management Course. Alternatively download the attached accommodation booking form and once completed return it to the Sebel Mandurah:

Accommodation booking form

Other information

Meals

The course registration fee includes lunches and morning/afternoon teas. A sponsored barbecue dinner is likely to be provided on one night, but you will need to budget for other dinners.

Travel to Mandurah

The course will be held at the Sebel Mandurah (Ph: 9512 8300) and will run from 10.00am on Monday 21 October 2013 to approximately 2.00pm on Friday 25 October 2013. The start and finish times of the course will allow time for travel to and from Mandurah. If you are unable to organise your own transport to Mandurah, please contact Peter Neville and it may be possible for us or another participant to assist you.

Microscopes

It is important to maximise the number of binocular dissecting microscopes and light sources available for mosquito identification exercises, as this allows participants greater “hands-on” time during practical identification sessions. Please indicate on the registration form if you are able to bring a microscope and light source with you. The microscope should have a magnification range of approximately 7x to 40x. If you are in any doubt about the suitability of your microscope, please ask for advice.

Typical binocular microscope used during the Mosquito Management Course.

Student Places

The Department of Health will be offering places for two students currently studying environmental health or a similar science discipline. The successful students will have the registration and day meal costs of the course ($1000.00 + GST) waived, however, they will need to cover the cost of accommodation and other meals.

To be eligible, students should be completing either 2nd or 3rd year of an environmental health degree or similar.

To apply, students need to write a statement of approximately 250 words indicating:

1. Why mosquito management is important; and

2. How you expect to benefit from completing the course.

Please submit your application to mosquito@health.wa.gov.au with your name, email and phone contacts by the 15 July 2013.

For further information, download the student flyer here.

Mosquito Management Course student flyer

Contacts and Questions

If you have any questions regarding the course, do not hesitate to contact Peter Neville on (08) 9285 5500 or mosquito@health.wa.gov.au

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