Icebergs, Penguins and Remoteness

Dr Michael Tooth TMA member in Hobart

It is fair to say that anyone with the travel bug will have a wish list. For me the number one has always been Antarctica; certainly since I was 10 years old.
The very thought of icebergs, penguins, seals, and most of all its remoteness, has had me under its spell for a long time.
But you know how it is, work, family, commitments, finances all complicate life and so the warmer climes have held sway. Until now!

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Family travel

Dr Matthew Cardone – Doctor from Tweed Heads  

My family and I travel regularly to an island in South West Fiji called Tavarua. It’s a magic island, shaped like a love heart. Tavarua is primarily set up for surfers. It is close to not one but two world-class reef breaks nearby – drawing surfers from around the world. The most famous surf break “Cloudbreak” is home to the Fiji leg of the World Surfing Tour. The island is a fantastic destination for families, with idyllic white sand beaches, great for snorkelling, the coral is astounding. The reef fish are beautiful. The water is warm. The dolphins are friendly and the fishing is fantastic. The only thing better than the place is the people. Never have I experienced a happier, warmer and kinder culture.

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Gardasil 9 vaccination – the Anti Cancer needle!

Dr Dimitri Andropov – TMA member in Darwin  

This year the Australian Government has announced a new and improved version of the ‘cervical cancer vaccine’.  Gardasil 9 vaccine will be available free to all 12 and 13-year-old students.  But what is this anti-cancer vaccine and how does it work?

 

The first thing to know about the Gardisil vaccine is that it’s not new.  The earlier versions of the Gardasil vaccine were first introduced to students in Australia in 2007 to help protect against some types of the Human Papilloma Virus, commonly known by the three letters: HPV

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Travelling with Kids

Dr Douglas Randell, TMA Member in Canberra

 

The thought of travelling with kids may provoke anxiety for many parents, but well-planned trips are very safe. While travel immunisation is essential, kids are more likely to be injured in accidents, than they are to become sick with serious infections. It is well worth putting some time into considering risks and accident prevention prior to travel.

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Kokoda… 75th Anniversary.

Dr Judith Kirkwood  TMA member St Kilda Road Melbourne

In the middle of last year, I decided I needed a new challenge, and had always wanted to know more about the war in PNG, and just what the Kokoda Track was all about. I had been chatting with the CEO of Beyond Blue and when I was later reading her bio, I came across their fundraising page. To raise mental health awareness, Beyond Blue was running a trip to do the Kokoda Track. I chose the date in 2017 that departed on my birthday, and that also meant we would be on the track for ANZAC day, so I signed up there and then. I managed to talk my dad into doing it with me.

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What vaccines should I get to travel to Peru?

Dr Simon Thatcher  Health HQ Southport

Most travellers have heard Yellow Fever vaccine is compulsory to enter Australia after Peru. While not compulsory, it is recommended. Yellow fever vaccination is required to cross borders to many other South American countries you may visit. It is also one of the haemorrhagic viruses (like Ebola) with a high fatality rate, so if you are going to the Yellow Fever areas of Peru it will be recommended whether you need it for customs or not.

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Diving Safety Tips

Dr Kelvin Balakrishnan – Ballajura

Palau is an archipelago of about 200 islands in Micronesia, east of the Philippines, with a population of about 20, 000. Although there are many things to see and do in Palau, it is known for its scuba diving. (It was reported as one of Jacques Cousteau’s favourite dive sites in the world. )  I was lucky enough to go to Palau and spend a week diving.

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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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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka 

Travel Recommendation; Sri Lanka

Ayubowan Readers! “Ayubowan” is the word used in Sri Lanka to greet someone

Sri Lanka is a small Island off the south east tip of the Indian subcontinent. Measuring a total area of 65 610km, it is home to 20.5 million people (2013). Until 1972 the island was known as Ceylon, however still goes by many other names such as “The pearl of the Indian Ocean” and “The teardrop of India”. Colombo is the nation’s commercial and capital city. 

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Working with Symbiosis in Bangladesh

Lipi’s Story

The noises of the slum continue well into the wee hours of the morning. As Lipi and her husband stepped gingerly yet resolutely across the moonlit dry river bed, the muffled sound came again. Now they were closer to the source. Somehow the stillness of the night brought a clarity that added to the terror of the cry as it hung palpably in the air almost seeming to urge them forward. Reaching the large island of sand now in the centre of the old river, Lipi looked up at the group of huts just visible at the edge of the sand cliff in front of her. In her torch light she could just make out the sandbags set into the sloping cliff of sand, marking the well-worn pathway up. Almost crawling to keep from slipping at the final step, Lipi was grateful again for her husband’s strong hands on the small of her back easing her onto the flat path ahead. Looking down the four metres or so below, she wondered how they would go with the return journey.

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