Why do I write about health advice for travellers in the Outback guide? Well, some general health tips and basic first aid information are definitely part of the Outback safety.
Even if you don't want to think that health problems could crop up and ruin your precious holidays, there are a few basic tips that help to keep your tour to Australia and the Outback hassle free.
Australia's high standards in health care, so it can become costly if you need a doctor, or even worse, have to go to hospital. A health insurance for travellers from overseas is highly recommended before you go on your Outback trip. It puts your mind at ease.
Australia has reciprocal health care agreements with a few overseas countries. Click here for more information and to see if your country is on the list.
Thanks to the wisdom of Reverend John Flynn, who put the mantle of safety over the Outback early in the 20th century, you can even seek medical help in remote bush towns. John Flynn also invented the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Outback hospitals are usually staffed with an experienced nurse. These nurses can always get advice from a doctor on the phone. In case of emergency, the flying doctor service is available for tourists, too.
On one of my trips to Australia I had an accident on the first day of our tour. I fell down and broke my upper arm. Luckily, (if you can talk of luck here) it happened only a couple of hours outside of Adelaide, so a doctor was not too far away. The inside fracture didn't need further treatment, I just had to wear the arm in a sling. But boy, it did hurt, and somewhat spoilt our trip!
A few days later I visited the bush hospital in Birdsville to have the abrasion checked. I had a nice chat with the nurse. She gave me some useful advice, and reassured me that everything was fine.
I was very pleased with the doctors in Australia, and I didn't think the treatment was that expensive. But it could have been worse, and then a health insurance for travellers would have been worth its costs.
I hope these tips were helpful and they took away some worries from you. The Australian Outback is a remote area, so it is good when you can help yourself with minor emergencies.
Travel Universe in Australia has a wide range of travel books and essential gear.
This is an basic first aid kit to start with.
This comprehensive kit includes a first aid booklet and a heavy bandage to deal with a strained ankle or snake bite.