Posts Tagged ‘Tips’

Mindfulness, Meditation and Travel

Mindful Travelling

Dr Fauzie Le Duc TMA member Nerang

You may not be aware of it, but when you travel and see new places there is a high chance you might be practicing Mindfulness. That feeling you get, for example, when you reach the peak of a hike and look out to the panoramic view of a new horizon, being in awe of the spacious surroundings, taking in the sights and sounds of the moment. When your train of thought, your reflection or preoccupation of past or future events just stops and you’re just in the present moment. When the only thing existing in that moment is just the experience. 

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The Bucket List

Dr Deb Mitchell – Alice Springs

My Travel Bucket list …As a solo GP living literally in the middle of Australia for the last 18 years, it is approx. 1500kms to the North & South, much further to the East or West. Luckily I do love a road trip because unfortunately it isn’t cheap to fly out of Alice to connect to the rest of the world.

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Sea Sickness Tips

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Who gets sea sickness?

Sea sickness can ruin sea voyages whether on small yachts or larger cruise ships. Although anyone can get sea sickness in severe conditions, some 20-30 % of the population are more prone, especially migraine sufferers, women and children. Situations that increase susceptibility include changes in boat motion, on-board reading, heavy weather, passenger fatigue and even extreme smells. Prevention measures are better than relying on using medications to treat sea sickness.

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How to Bug your Travel Doctor

How to bug your Travel Doctor;

A tongue in cheek look at questions/problems we face.

Dr John Kenafake – Sunshine Coast

Below are some of the day to day questions asked to Travel Doctors.

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Fear of Flying

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20-25% of persons suffer from this,  and it can have a serious impact on  the  life choices of a sufferer, and even their family. It is a learned response to aircraft and it can be  ‘unlearned’ with the right help. The Wikipedia entry on fear of flying calls it  Pteromerhanophobia, …  a fear of being on an airplane (aeroplane), or other flying vehicle..  It is also sometimes referred to as aerophobiaaviatophobia, or aviophobia. Fear of air travel is a recognised “phobia” but it is rarely just a fear of travelling on a plane. The flying phobia is usually based in a more basic fear such as fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia) or fear of not being able to escape from a situation (agoraphobia) or even a fear of heights.

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Are you involved in sending staff overseas for work?

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Travelling Staff – Employer Occupational Health and Safety Responsibilities

A poll at a recent webinar of over 100 members of the Chamber of Commerce revealed most business did not have a current Travel Health policy. Very few systems were in place to protect either the travelling staff, or those who are sending them overseas. This is scary.

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Permethrin – a secret weapon against mosquitoes

Permethrin is a special insecticide that enables clothing to kill or repel mosquitoes

Wearing treated items will significantly decrease the number of bites you get. Treated bed nets have been shown to be four times more effective than untreated nets. When you wear treated clothes, you still need to use repellent on exposed skin. You can buy items pre-treated (especially bed nets) or treat items yourself with commercially produced permethrin packs. Follow the treatment instructions carefully to ensure the best effect. Do not throw any unused solution down the sink. It is toxic to fish. Follow the disposal instructions on the pack.

Treated articles which are immediately stored in a sealed plastic bag, will retain effectiveness for 12 months until usage is begun. A permethrin impregnated mosquito net is effective for 3-6 months of regular use. The solution wears off as well as washes off. Treated clothes are said to be active until the fourth normal wash. Do not iron treated clothes.

Is permethrin safe?
Yes. Permethrin is related to the naturally occurring pyrethrum from the flowers of a type of Chrysanthemum. Once the fabric is treated and dried, permethrin has no vapour action and nets can be used safely, even around sleeping children. Should a young child suck the net, they will not suffer any ill effects. Treated items are not more flammable. There are rare reports of persons developing a minor skin rash after wearing treated clothes.

Did you know …

The Defence forces wear permethrin treated uniforms to help keep mosquito diseases at bay. Now travellers can do the same – treat their clothes at home before they head off overseas. This will deter mosquitoes from biting through the clothes. The clothes will remain effective for up to four washes. Self Treatment Permethrin Soak packs are available from your nearest TMA.

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Splitting tablets?

Dr Deb – TMA member in Brisbane  

A recent study looking at the accuracy of tablet splitting, found large variations in dose in some of the splits. Some tablets are easier to split than others, and some drugs are more dangerous than others if you get the dose slightly wrong.

The major finding of the study was this “Based on our results, we recommend use of a splitting device when splitting cannot be avoided, for example when the prescribed dose is not commercially available or where there is no alternative formulation, such as a liquid.”

Tablet splitters can be purchased from most pharmacies. More info.

 

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