WELCOME TO NEWCASTLE TRAVEL CLINIC
Travelling is one of the most rewarding things anyone can do. To put yourself in another country, another culture, is awe-inspiring and an opportunity to learn so much about the world we live in. Most travellers return home with stories of adventure and incredible times, but a few return home with stories of illness, injury or grief. Travel is not without risk, but with good planning and preparation you will give yourself the
best chance to have the trip of a lifetime.
Newcastle Travel Clinic offers Travel Health consultations with experienced and qualified Travel Medicine GPs so that you have all the information, advice and vaccinations you need to be best prepared for and protected from travel-related illness and injury. Newcastle Travel Clinic is also an authorised Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.
In your Travel Health consultation, your Travel Medicine GP will discuss:
Your fitness for travel based on your medical history and proposed travel plans
Recommended vaccinations based on your travel itinerary, planned activities and past immunisation history
Protection from insect bites (for the prevention of insect-borne disease)
The risk of Traveller’s Diarrhoea, how to prevent it and how to self-treat
Protection from animal (mammal) bites for prevention of Rabies
Comprehensive travel health information relevant to your itinerary and plans
Any other information specific to your travel plans and needs such as Yellow Fever vaccination, altitude travel, travelling while pregnant, travelling with children, and so on
It is best to book a Travel Health consultation at least 6 – 8 weeks before travelling because some vaccinations require multiple doses before departure. If your departure date is sooner than this your Travel Medicine GP may be able to recommend a fast-tracked vaccination schedule and/or offer advice on other strategies to best protect yourself from travel-related illness and injury.
Your Travel Medicine GP will need as much information as possible about your travel plans and past medical and immunisation history so they can best advise you. We ask that you bring the following information with you:
- Your completed Travel Health Questionnaire (click here)
- Your TRAVEL ITINERARY showing your detailed travel plans, accommodation and planned or proposed activities for each destination you will be visiting
- A HEALTH SUMMARY showing your Past Immunisation History, Significant Medical History and Current Medications – you will be able to request this from your usual GP (if you are an existing patient of Kotara Family Practice we will already have this information on file)
If you become unwell during your travels we recommended that you seek advice from your Travel Medicine GP as soon as possible when you return home, especially if you continue to experience symptoms. It is also important to pay attention to your health once you return and if you become unwell seek advice as soon as possible. Some travel-related illnesses may not present themselves for several weeks or even months. If you seek advice from your usual GP be sure to provide them with information about your travels and activities while overseas so they are best prepared to investigate your illness.
Travel vaccinations can be privately purchased from our clinic or from your pharmacy with a script from your Travel Medicine GP. Although the vaccines can be costly, many provide you with long-term cover, so if you travel again you may not need additional vaccination. If you have a restricted budget please let your Travel Medicine GP know so that they can help you decide which immunisations are most recommended. If you are travelling for business, your employer may reimburse you for the cost of your vaccines and travel advice. If you are in a private health fund you may also be able to claim a rebate for the cost of any vaccines. We will provide you with a receipt of purchase that you can submit to your private health insurer.