Information For Travellers – Health
A few basic rules for a healthy trip:
- Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat and Slide on some sunglasses on The Savannah Way.
- Stand or park in the shade whenever you can.
- Drink plenty of water – many people suffer headaches or debilitation through dehydration. A small esky onboard for chilled water bottles and fruit is very worthwhile.
- Take enough of your own medication to last the entire trip, as most remote clinics have minimal drug stock on hand. Major centres have hospitals or clinics you can visit for medical treatment and are usually the local pharmacist.
- Have a good quality and comprehensive first aid kit with you.
In more remote locations cattle stations or National Park bases have substantial emergency medical kits linked to Royal Flying Doctor Service phone assistance.
Help Is At Hand
- The Royal Flying Doctor Service and its affiliates are the region’s ambulance service, and locals will assist in transport to the nearest airstrip. Be sure to put some coins in the donation tins at local pubs to help this outstanding organization.
- NT Health Direct is a medical advice phone service for Territorians and tourists available 24 hours, 7 days a week on 1800 186 026.
- In Queensland, 13 HEALTH is a similar service operated by the Department Of Health 24 hours, 7 days a week on 13 432584 (13 HEALTH).