The Kokoda Track

The Kokoda Track

Ann-Maree Smith ( traveller/ patient of the Maitland Clinic )

When an email crossed my desktop early in 2014 and my 37-year-old nephew came on board, it was on. With four months left to departure, we made good use of training in local forests and national parks. Steep hills became loved, like never before. Our favourite climb was 153m, up and down five times, with 12kg in our backpacks. We also went to the gym, using weights to improve strength.

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Equatorial Adventure

A surprising Equatorial Adventure.

Dr. Rowena Sheppard – Goondiwindi

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Alice Springs Family Medical Centre

Alice Springs Family Medical Centre, (ASFMC) was opened in Sept 2006 by myself, Dr Deb Mitchell, and my partner Susie who is the practice manager and the practice nurse, after we both had worked in numerous roles in Central Australia both at Hospital level, and remote health with communities, as well as other mainstream private practices in town.

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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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