TMA Group Published Research

Members of the Travel Medicine Alliance are committed to best practice travel medicine and to that end, we have a commitment to undertaking and publishing research in the field of travel medicine.

Some of the publications that our research group have produced are listed below

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Babies, Bali and “I Do”

Dr Julie Burke TMA Yeppoon

Destination weddings in Bali for Australians are extremely popular. Young  Aussie couples with their love of the great out doors, beach and sand can easily access the many wedding planners and resorts specializing in magical and seemingly less costly venues for tying the knot.  More often these couples already have their own little ones, have guests with young families and mums to be; and grandparents tagging along for the ride as baby sitters.  In the excitement of the weddings planning, friends and family’s travel health needs are often overlooked – especially regarding ZIKA.

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Antarctica: Icebergs and secret weapon

Dr Cormac Carey,
Medical Director, Toowoomba.

After sampling the wonderful delights of Buenos Aires we flew South to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Here, we boarded our expedition vessel RCGS ( Royal Canadian Geographical Society) Resolute, our home for the next nine nights on a calm Friday afternoon.
The weather certainly allayed the potential for the dreaded sea sickness.  Having been previously severely affected on several fishing trips,
I had researched all possible preventive options and was armed with an arsenal.

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Measles and Travellers

Dr Michael Long (TMA Narre Warren)

 

Measles in Australia is almost always imported by travellers; there have been many outbreaks of this highly contagious disease in 2018-19 in many countries. Travellers who were born after 1966 (aged under 52?) need to ensure they have had 2 doses of the measles vaccine or documented measles disease or a blood test to confirm immunity.

 

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Medical illnesses can present serious challenges overseas

by Dr Daniel Priest and Dr Donald Leitch – Shoal Bay, NSW

Have you seen random articles on Facebook etc explaining the things that annoy flight attendants? There is quite a list: clipping your toenails … who does that on a plane?? Going barefoot… that’s smelly bad behaviour. Clicking fingers for attention, requesting a temperature change, not bringing a pen (to fill in the customs forms on international flights) to name just a few.

When you travel, especially overseas, there is so much medical advice we can give. Travel doctors are passionate about giving good, relevant, up to date advice in a comprehensive way… not just a few shots and something for malaria. It is such a privilege to be of assistance to help you have a safe and pleasant trip… but we want to do it well… and that takes time and attention.

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 An African Safari

Potential travellers are now thinking about the Australian winter in 2019 and many are thinking of safaris in Africa. Common destinations include Kruger National park in South Africa, and other fabulous destinations in Botswana, Zambia, & Kenya. They will have a wonderful time, but all should consult their Travel Medicine professional before travelling, ideally at least 6 weeks in advance.

Make sure your tetanus vaccine is up to date.

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Typhoid Vaccination

Written by Dr Diana Gillatt, Tanunda Medical Centre

 

So what is Typhoid Fever and where is it a problem?

Typhoid is a nasty bacterial infection you contract from contaminated food or drink, sometimes even from dust.. You would develop a fever, headache, tiredness, general aches, a rash and abdominal pain with upset bowels. It can be mistaken for malaria or other tropical illnesses. Often Typhoid will be serious enough to land you in hospital.

It tends to occur in countries with warm climates and that have poorer sanitation standards for their water and sewerage.  Your travel doctor will let you know if your planned trip will put you at risk of catching Typhoid.

Worldwide millions of cases still occur every year, and many thousands of people die. So it’s a good thing to avoid!

Vaccination is recommended, and there are different options, some vaccination can be given orally instead of by injection..

Protection from vaccination takes a couple of weeks to build up to it’s full effect so you need to seek medical advice ideally 6 weeks before departure..

 

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Walking the Camino

Carmel Limpus RN based in Ipswich

IT’S JUST A BIG LONG WALK!

During September 2017 I walked the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St James from France, over the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

I stumbled across the idea of a pilgrimage walk a couple of years ago when my Mother and the ‘Godmother’ took me to the movies to see a documentary on it.  I walked out of that theatre and thought – ‘ if those old dudes can do it, so can I’.

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Yellow Fever; To Boost or Not to boost…That is the question!

David Rutherford – TMA member Fremantle

Yellow Fever remains as relevant to travellers today as it was back in the 1700’s when it was first described. The history of the illness is fascinating.

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Bairnsdale Ulcer

Dr Andrew Karamesinis  : TMA member based in Mt Eliza, Victoria

Travellers love to come and visit Victoria, Australia,  and in particular the picturesque Mornington Peninsula.

They usually have a great time, but very occasionally it is possible to take home an unwanted souvenir in the form of a persistent skin ulcer.

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