Who we are...

National Strongyloides Working Group Australia

Strongyloidiasis is a treatable chronic infectious disease caused by tiny roundworms Strongyloides stercoralis. In Australia it affects residents, staff and visitors of remote communities; refugees and migrants from other countries where it is endemic; and returned travelers and service personnel who have visited other countries where it is endemic. Often it is a life-long and a chronic sub-clinical infection unless eliminated from the body by effective treatment and follow-up. Most patients are unaware that they carry this worm, but when it develops into the severe form of the disease, it becomes life threatening. It is usually triggered by treatment of an infected person with  corticosteroid drugs and other drugs that suppress the immune response to the worms.

Our Goal...

The prevention and elimination of Strongyloides  and other soil-transmitted helminths in Australia.

Our Aims :

  • To raise awareness of Strongyloides and other soil-transmitted helminths in Australia
  • To build capacity of health professionals and community members in relation to the diseases and their prevention, diagnosis, treatment and elimination
  • To advocate on behalf of affected people for appropriate changes to government policy in relation to prevention, diagnosis and treatment, based upon current research
  • To collaborate with other organisations in conducting activities that address the above aims
  • To undertake research and activities that address the above aims