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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My Adventure In Nepal….?

Be prepared for anything!

I recently went on a trip to Nepal, it was not an adventure trip, just four fit and healthy women with a car and a driver. The aim of the trip was to have a good time and learn something new at a Travel Medicine Conference, which was being held in Kathmandu, as well as see the country that we often talk about.

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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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Silfra Diving in Iceland

In June 2016, I went on a trip to Iceland.  The overwhelming highlight of the trip was having the opportunity to dry-suit dive at Silfra. Before visiting Iceland an intrepid friend of mine had told me of her adventure fresh-water diving between 2 tectonic plates in Iceland.

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Sea Sickness Tips

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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The delayed 2016 Influenza Vaccine

Dr Cormac Carey, Medical Director, TMA Toowoomba

With the 100th birthday of CSL coinciding with Anzac Day this month and the first zephyrs of Winter’s winds arriving it is time to look at the turmoil re this year’s rollout of the 2016 influenza vaccine which has been anything but smooth. CSL started producing influenza vaccine in 1944 along with the mass production of penicillin which was widely used by both Australian and Allied troops in the closing stages of World War Two.

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Influenza Vaccine 2016

WHY SHOULD I HAVE A FLU SHOT FOR MY TRIP OVERSEAS??

Dr Michael Long  TMA Narre Warren

Huh?!  I don’t need a flu shot for going to Thailand, Europe or the US do I? Isn’t the flu just a cold or the “man flu” or something the oldies get?

WRONG WRONG WRONG! Keep reading fellow travellers for more info

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The real risk from terrorism

Dr Messieh  Burnie TMA 

After the brutal attack on Brussells on the 22nd March 2016, and Paris in November 15, it is helpful to put the risks of these attacks into perspective. The risk of dying from a terror attack is still very small.

It’s estimated that the risk of dying in a terror attack is in the vicinity of  1 in 20 million. To put that into context:

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Meningococcal Disease

Dr Jon Barrell

The Travel Medicine consultation can save lives at home and abroad. It is the ideal opportunity to discuss the vaccines to reduce the risk of Meningitis, Pneumonia, and Shingles (that very painful rash caused by the Chicken Pox virus). Since mid-2015, a new Meningococcal Vaccine has been recommended by the Australian Government to reduce the risks of this very serious disease.

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