Imported Measles Case

A confirmed case of imported measles arrived in Cairns by air on Sunday 12 October 2014 from Port Moresby, PNG. The patient attended Cairns Hospital Emergency Department on Sunday 12 October between 1130 and 1530, and on Monday 13 October, between 1730 and 2030.

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Ebola Outbreak

Ebola Outbreak

According to the WHO as of 5th September 2014, there have been 2105 deaths from Ebola (probable, confirmed and suspected), in 4 countries, Sierra Lone, Nigeria, Liberia and Guinea.

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Cruise Ship Nursing

Stacey Bonser, Registered Nurse, Adelaide

 

Cruise Ship Nursing

After working in emergency and critical care for several years, I spent the next 3 years working on cruise ships as a Registered Nurse for Princess Cruises between 2010 and 2013.With this experience I was able to travel the world and visit over 160 ports and cities in 50 countries.

Areas of the world that I sailed included Asia, Oceania, The Middle East, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Caribbean, North and Central America.

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Uganda

Dr Lisa Chapman, Stafford

Known also as The Pearl of Africa, it is a country of spectacular natural beauty. Not only does it have the largest lake in Africa (Lake Victoria), the world’s longest river (Nile River), the tallest mountain range in Africa (Rwenzori Mountains), and one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls (Murchison Falls). Uganda also lies on the equator, has open savannah, dense rainforest, deep crater lakes, lush green hills, intensely red earth, abundant birdlife, diverse wildlife, and is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.

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Chopsticks Lanterns and the Great Wall

Dr Lisa Chapman, Stafford


Dragons, firecrackers, red lanterns, awe-inspiring ancient structures, impressive modern architecture, advanced technology, bamboo scaffolding, tradition, friendly locals, orphanages, multitudes of silent electric scooters, loud market place haggling, cups of tea, fiery chilli and bottomless bowls of rice. Eclectic images greeted my family as we journeyed in China for a month.

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Travelling to Russia, Belarus and Baltic States

Prepared by TMA member Sandringham, Victoria: Dr Jason Rajakulendran.

Exploring Russia, the largest country on earth and its neighbouring former Soviet states was something that had entered my mind a long time ago. Russia is a remarkable place whose famously repressed history has moulded a culture known for its pride and stoicism. I wanted to experience this culture, that is so vastly spread by distance, and to see how it had changed after trading with the west since the end of the cold war. The political situation in neighbouring Ukraine was barely an issue this time last year. This exemplifies how rapid political changes can occur and affect local security issues in foreign countries, and serves as a reminder that  travellers need to remain aware and well informed when travelling.

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Fear of Flying

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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Marshall Islands

In December 2013, 19 Doctors attended the inaugural Pacific Critical Care Conference in the Marshall Islands. Director of Capstone Health Dr Matthew Atkins and employee Dr Stephen Massey from were fortunate enough to be among the participants.

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Travel to India

Towards the end of my second semester of university at the University of Queensland, I expressed to a friend the desire to “one day” do voluntary work somewhere/anywhere overseas.  To which her reply was “Well, I’ve actually just started helping Lattitude do interviews for a volunteer placement starting next February. I can send you a link on Facebook, if you want.”

Fast forward three months, and I was deferred from University and on a plane to New Delhi, nervous and excited for the upcoming months.  As part of Young People without Borders, a new initiative for the Foundation of Young Australians, I was off to teach at a school for underprivileged in Dehradun, a city at the base of the Himalayas.

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Israel Holiday

‘Boker Tov’, good morning!

Our tour of Israel lasted for twelve days, and every day was packed with visits to historical sites; many recorded in the Bible. It was thrilling to stand in historical places which are so well documented, and to see many towns and cities thriving due to the influx of immigrants seeking a better life style.  As an example, over one million Russian Jews have settled in Israel since the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was disbanded in 1991 under President Michael Gorbachev’s time in office. The present day population of Israel is close to 8,002,300 people.

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