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If you need medical assistance, a hotel, embassy or consulate can usually recommend a local doctor or clinic.

Australia has reciprocal healthcare agreements with several countries (see the Department of Human Services website), which means as an Australian resident you are entitled to access their public health systems for urgent treatment. This is not a substitute for travel insurance and you may still be charged as a private patient. Also, the cost of tests and medicines may not be covered.

Emergency assistance

Most insurance companies provide emergency assistance for their policyholders. Services include toll-free, 24-hour emergency advice and assessments about whether the treatment you will receive in a country will be safe and/or adequate. If you are admitted to hospital, notify your insurance company as soon as possible.

Description: If you need medical assistance, a hotel, embassy or consulate can usually recommend a local doctor or clinic.

If you need medical assistance, a hotel, embassy or consulate can usually recommend a local doctor or clinic.

When things go wrong

The Australian Government can help if you find yourself in trouble overseas, but there are limits to what it can do (see the Smartraveler website for details). For consular assistance you can contact the relevant Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. Australia also has an agreement with Canada to provide consular assistance to Australians in some countries.

Medical kits

You should always take a medical kit when you travel. Some pharmacies can help you put one together, and organizations that specialize in travel health will put together a kit for your specific needs.

Description: You should always take a medical kit when you travel.

You should always take a medical kit when you travel.

Description: Put a kit for your specific needs.

Put a kit for your specific needs.

Contents of a basic medical kit

First-aid items:

·         Adhesive tape

·         Antiseptic wound cleanser or alkaline soap

·         Bandages

·         Scissors

·         Safety pins

·         Emollient (lubricant) eye drops

·         Insect repellent

·         Insect bite treatment

·         Antihistamine tablets

·         Nasal decongestant

·         Oral rehydration salts

·         Sterile dressing

·         Simple analgesic (e.g. paracetamol)

·         Clinical thermometer

·         Sunscreen

·         Earplugs

·         Tweezers

·         Adhesive strips to close small wounds

Additional items according to destination and individual needs:

·         Medication for pre-existing medical conditions

·         Antidiarrheal medication (to include an antisecretory agent, an antimotility drug, oral rehydration salts, with appropriate written instructions regarding their use)

·         Antibiotics targeting the most frequent infections in travelers (e.g. traveler’s diarrhea, and infections of skin and soft-tissue, respiratory tract and urinary tract)

·         Antibacterial ointment

·         Antifungal powder

·         Antimalarial medication

·         Mosquito net and insecticide to treat fabrics (clothes, nets)

·         Adequate supplies of condoms and oral contraceptives

·         Sterile syringes and needles

·         Water disinfectant

·         Spare eyeglasses and/or spare contact lenses (and solution)

 

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