A great friend of mine is getting married in Bali this weekend so I’m popping up there for a couple of days to join in the celebrations. For those of us who live over here in the west, it is quicker and often cheaper to fly to Bali than it is to get to the eastern states of Australia. That, combined with a large population of cashed up FIFO workers with regular week-off breaks, means that travel to Bali is extremely common. In fact, Bali is widely considered to be “Perth’s most northern suburb”.
Unfortunately, Indonesia is NOT Australia and does have it’s own unique health risks. Patients aren’t necessarily aware of many of these risks, and in fact often only mention their upcoming travel plans in passing, and not because they are actually seeking medical advice for it.
So here’s a scenario for you:
27 year old man comes in because he’s got a viral URTI and needs a doctor’s certificate for work. He’s otherwise fit and well with no other medical problems. He mentions that he’s hoping he’ll get better by the weekend because he’s going away to Bali for his footy team’s end-of-season Bali trip and wants to be in good form. Oh and “by the way, doc, do I need any needles?”
1. What additional questions do you need to ask him?
2. What advice to you give him regarding vaccinations?
3. What other health-related travel advice would you give?
Comment below with your answers. I’ll put in my two cents worth when I get back next week – hopefully without any travel related health problems to report!