Archive for the ‘Clinic Stories’ Category

The Australian Quarantine Experience – Doctors perspective

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Dr Jo-Anne Grey
MBBS FRACGP MPH DTMH CTH®

TMA member based in Melbourne

Since the bottom fell out of international travel with the global spread of the SARS-CoV2 and the subsequent declaration of the pandemic by the WHO, my life as a day-to-day travel medicine practitioner has changed dramatically.  As part of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 response workforce, I now spend my days in Melbourne’s quarantine hotels, conducting telehealth consultations with returned travellers in their hotel rooms and donning and doffing PPE to make “house calls” to rooms where necessary.

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Covid-19 and cruising

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Dr Stanley Khoo, TMA member
Travel Medicine Centre Perth

The fresh sea air, the relaxing motion of the ocean, the high staff to passenger ratio, these are some of the many factors that have attracted people to cruise travel. Some destinations such as the Arctic and the Antarctic can only be accessible by boat, and sometimes a cruise ship with its remarkable facilities is the destination itself; a miniature city of restaurants, cinemas, concerts, casinos, night clubs and swimming pools, with a plethora of entertainment opportunities and unlimited food and drink.

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Aeroplanes parked in the desert….

Dr John Kenafake – Sunshine Coast Dive & Travel Medicine

 

Aeroplanes parked in the desert -🌵It doesn’t bode well for international travel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the travel blog you’re having when you’re not travelling. I will deliberately NOT use the “C “ word [that’s Covid] much as we are all inundated with information on the dastardly virus. Besides, anything I write will probably be out of date by the time this is uploaded.

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To take or not to take. That is the question.

Dr Catherine Meehan.  McLeod St Medical  Cairns

 

To Be or Not to Be

Travel vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis.  To take or not to take. That is the question.

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Going Home To Visit Grandma

Dr Chris Davenport , TMA Boronia

 

It’s Monday morning, another busy day in General Practice filled with the usual interesting patients – for blood pressure reviews, medication repeats, women’s health discussions and children with the latest coughs and colds.

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Scuba Diving for the first time in my late 40s – from a desert chick from the Centre of Australia.

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Dr Deb Mitchell   TMA member in Alice Springs

I am wearing close to 40kg of extra weight with all the gear for my first dive (needless to say I am not keen to reveal my baseline weight but let’s just say it’s a lot!!) and as a group we are walking from the car park at Alma Bay on Magnetic Island off the coast of Townsville, wearing full-length wetsuits, and I pretend not to notice the stares of strangers.

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Uganda – volunteer in health clinic

Kate McGowan RN

TravelBugs Adelaide

It’s a week into my four week Uganda trip and I find myself in a not-unfamiliar environment. It feels like I’ve been here before: Poverty and lack of resources in the tropics tends to send cities into a familiar decline.  It’s warm, humid and hazy, the air is heavy with wood smoke, diesel and leaded petrol fumes from the old cars that inhabit the roads.

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Solomon Islands – Student Medical Placement

Dr Jo Grey

TMA Brisbane

Earlier this year, I accepted an invitation to spend two weeks on Guadalcanal Island, part of the Solomon Islands group supervising medical students from Bond University on an elective placement.  The students were seeking a doctor to accompany them who would be happy to work alongside and supervise them in a tropical, low-resource environment. I happily accepted, having worked and travelled previously in other Pacific nations, but never visited the Solomon Islands – what a great opportunity!  What a challenge!
The placement was a student initiative, organised by Bushfire, the Bond University Rural Health Club.  This year is only the second year that this student-run initiative has taken place, following on from the successful inaugural trip in 2018.

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Staying safe during an Ebola mission

Dr Saschveen Singh, Capstone Health, Wembley

Ebola Staff health: not your average travel medicine story.

Since the West African outbreak made international headlines in 2015-2017, Ebola has been shrouded in myth. Many had forgotten its existence.

But the recent major outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has put the disease centre-stage again.

When I was placed at an Ebola treatment centre with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors without Borders) my friends and family first asked me why on earth I wanted to go there; and, second, what I would do to stay safe.

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Altitude Illness in the Andes  

Dr Jason Rajakulendran, TMA Sandringham.

A recent holiday to the Andean mountains of Ecuador & Peru highlighted to me the importance of careful preparation for any time spent at altitude. The Andes as the world’s second highest mountain range, allow relatively easy flight access to stunning high-altitude regions and active pursuits. As I climbed above 5000m on the glacial volcano of Cotopaxi, I started feeling the dramatic effects of altitude illness despite some efforts to acclimatise. Fortunately, I was able to recover quickly and enjoy the remainder of the holiday. Please read on for advice on how to help prevent and manage altitude illness when travelling to high places.

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