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Recently I was very honoured to receive.. The Surgeon General John White Medal at a small ceremony from Professor John Pearn. “With congratulations and esteem for all your leadership and service to the specialty discipline of Travel Medicine.” I would like to use this opportunity to thank all those who have helped make this recognition […]

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How vaccines changed our world

February 21st, 2013

Here is an interesting infographic from an article; How vaccines changed our world .

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There was a recent story on the 7.30 report about Norovirus. Most particularly about the new strain of Norovirus known as Sydney – because it was first reported here in Australia. This new strain is circulating in the USA and UK. As the name implies this is a virus. Norovirus is notable because it is […]

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The Shopping Bags Dilemma

January 2nd, 2013

Update On 1st July 2018, Qld will ban light plastic bags We encourage our patients to bring their own bags but meanwhile we will have available Paper bags for purchase for $1. As noted below they are not a great solution. The small medical kit bag only costs $5 so it may be preferable to […]

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Rabies vaccine is a dilemma to many Australian travellers. Travellers seek advice from many sources, (eg doctors, Google, travel agents, fellow travellers etc) and often receive conflicting information about rabies. Some sources say have rabies vaccine, some say do not have rabies vaccine… Below is a typical question I receive.. My daughter, leaves for a […]

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See link – my interview for the Travel Tart Blog – told some funny stories.

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A video, twitter chat, and Press release about travel health. Queenslanders are putting themselves at risk of contracting potentially serious infectious diseases while travelling abroad.1 Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Family Medicine Research Centre have found more than three-in-five Australians are not seeking professional health advice before travelling overseas, with many visiting destinations carrying […]

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Travel insurance – who needs it ? A surprising number of Australians think they don’t. Some travellers see insurance as a waste of money. By that logic, life rafts on a boat are a waste of money. (Sometimes waste is a good thing.)   Travellers say “I’m taking nothing of value“. Yes.. a lost camera […]

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Drink Spiking really happens!

September 19th, 2012

BE AWARE ! Choosing safe food and drink, includes choosing safe alcohol. Only drink beverages from a trusted source. Do not drink local brews such as Arak. Only drink beverages you have opened and poured yourself. Ideally dont drink from already opened bottles. ( Its easy to refill that vodka bottle on the shelf in […]

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Travelling With Children

July 3rd, 2012

Some recent studies have documented the likelihood of illness in children travellers. They reported roughly one in 3 children who travel abroad, will acquire a travel-related illness. Diarrhoea, feverish illness, skin conditions, and respiratory problems were the most common. Infected insect bites and sunburn also rated a special mention. Risk varied by age groups and […]

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