Following a list of travel health resources – a set of links to government and private websites providing travel and medical advisory information. These are useful for travellers concerned about health threats during overseas travel.
Australian Government Health Advisories
Australian Health Insurance Commission: Health care while travelling overseas – Australia’s Reciprocal Health Care Agreements.
You’ve Got What? Public and Environmental Health Service of the Department of Human Services, South Australia. Helps you understand the ways infectious diseases are spread and gives simple, practical advice on prevention.
Travelling overseas with PBS Medicines: It is illegal to take or send PBS subsidised medicine out of Australia unless it is for your personal use or the personal use of someone travelling with you.
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT): Consular travel advisories for many countries, including political, social and medical issues that may impact on travellers to those countries.
US Centre For Disease Control: CDC.gov provides users with credible, reliable health information.
World Health Organisation (WHO): Information on many aspects of World Health Organisation programmes relevant to intending travellers.
Medical Clinics in Various Countries
Nepal – CIWEC Centre Kathmandu: Western-quality medical care within Nepal for travelers and expatriates. The CIWEC website also has health hints for trekkers in Nepal.
Singapore – International Medical Clinic Singapore: Specialises in family and travel medicine for the international community.
Vietnam – International SOS Clinic: International SOS has been operating in Vietnam since 1989. Whether you are living in, visiting, or travelling through Vietnam, their clinic doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
Bali – BIMC Hospital: Five Centre of Excellence – 24hr A&E, 24hr medical center, CosMedic, Dental, Dialysis.
UK – Trailfinders Travel Medicine Clinic: comprehensive travel vaccination and health advice service.
Ireland – The Tropical Medical Bureau: the leading travel medicine clinic in Ireland with 22 clinics nationwide, specialists in providing the best information and medical care available for the international traveller.
Worldwide – ISOS: provides medical advice, assistance and referrals for travellers abroad.
Worldwide – ISTM: International Society of Travel Medicine has a clinic directory for finding Travel clinics worldwide.
Worldwide – IAMAT: The International Association of Medical Assistance to Travellers has a book for travellers listing English speaking doctors in every corner of the globe. IAMAT is a organization established in 1960. You can join for a donation and it takes about 4 weeks for the book to arrive.
Travel Information For The Disabled
Access-Able Travel Source: Information and everything else you need to know about travel with disabilities, mature travel, disability magazines, access guides, wheelchair travel, scooter rental, accessible transportation and more!
General Information For Travellers
International Committee of the Red Cross: Information pertaining to conflicts – essential reading for anyone venturing into troubled areas.
Fearless Flyers: If you are afraid to fly, you are not alone. This site presents information on courses to help you overcome a fear of flying.
Yellow Fever Online: Important information about Yellow Fever vaccines and vaccinations, Yellow Fever distribution, and vaccine side effects.
Altitude Sickness: International Society for Mountain Medicine. Lots of information on the “Infos” page plus links to other websites to help understand and combat altitude sickness.
How to Avoid Altitude Sickness: Air Oasis – The Air Up There. An informative article on what altitude sickness is and how best to avoid it.
Guidelines on climbing Mt Kiliminjaro: Kilimanjaro is said to account for about half of the worlds serious cases of mountain sickness, by virtue of its accessibility and the large numbers of groups attempting it with short itineraries. Due to this, The Royal Geographical Society a few years ago produced guidelines on climbing Kili.
Culture Shock: Explaining culture shock and strategies for coping.
Staying Alive: Survival instruction, specialist training courses and consultancy services provided to individuals, corporations and government departments in Australia.
Dengue Fever: The ACLS Guide to Dengue Fever
International Porter Protection Group: IPPG’s aim is to improve health and safety for the trekking porter at work in the mountains and reduce the incidence of avoidable illness injury and death. This is done by raising awareness of the issue among trekking and travel companies, leaders, sirdars, and trekkers.
YHA: YHA hostels are a lively meeting place for adventurous travellers from across the world to get together, share stories, swap advice and have a great time in a laid back, safe environment. In Australia, there are over 140 YHAs and 4,300 around the world. As a YHA member you receive discounts on travel gear, vaccinations, travel plus more.
Lonely Planet Online: Solid current travel information from the people that made the Lonely Planet guide books such a success.
CIA World Factbook: Excellent summary of facts and figures for every country including population, ethnic groups, life expectancy, recent history, and disturbances.
Getaway OnLine: The web site for the popular Channel 9 travel program Getaway.
Yahoo! Travel: Destination information, net events, links, chat and message boards.
Safe Travel: Travel safety tips and advice for travellers.
Divers Alert Network: DAN helps divers in need with medical emergency assistance and promotes diving safety through research, education, products and services.
Travel Medicine Alliance: an alliance of independent travel medicine practitioners.
USA Survival Guide : packed full of hot tips and good advice to keep you safe on your trip to the US
Healthmap: Monitoring and real-time reporting on disease outbreaks.
Mitigating the Risks of Airport Travel: Identifying “germ filled hot spots”