Q Fever was first recognised in Australia during the 1930’s when workers at a Brisbane meat processor became ill with a fever. as the cause of the illness was unknown, the workers were diagnosed with ‘Query’ fever. This was eventually abbreviated to Q Fever. For some people, Q fever can affect their health and ability to work for many years. 

The New England GP Research Network will be hosting a Q Fever Symposium for health professionals and researchers on Monday, 24 June. The session will run from 12.30-4pm. 


  • Dr Katherine Garnham Department. Infectious Diseases, Gold Coast Hospital, Gold Coast Infectious Diseases Physician, Clinical Microbiologist and member of the Q Fever Interest Group
  • A/Prof Peter Massey RN, GCPH, PhD CNC and Program Manager Health Protection, HNE Population Health and member of the Q Fever Interest Group
  • Dr Mark Kelly Adjunct Senior Lecturer JMP (Joint Medical Program), School of Rural Medicine UNE (University of New England). General physician at Armidale Rural Referral
  • Dr Jacqui Epps PhD FRACGP DCH BSC(Med) MBBS, Senior Lecturer Rural Medicine, School of Rural Medicine, UNE and member of the Q Fever Interest Group


  • Epidemiology – Q Fever in Northern NSW and update on risk factors – A/Prof Peter Massey
  • Presentations, diagnosis and management of Q Fever – Dr Mark Kelly and Dr Katherine Garnham
  • Challenges and unknowns in the management of Q Fever – Dr Katherine Garnham


  • Q Fever Registry (QFIG) – Dr Katherine Garnham and A/Prof Peter Massey
  • Future clinical and research ideas for northern NSW – Dr Mark Kelly
  • Concluding remarks – Dr Jacqui Epps

Get your tickets here.