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|Title:||Health and safety problems and lack of information among international visitors backpacking through north Queensland.|
|Authors:||Peach, Hedley G.|
Bath, Nicole E.
|Place of publication:||London|
|Publication Title:||Journal of Travel Medicine|
|Abstract:||BACKGROUND: International visitors to tropical Australia may be exposed to health and safety problems. Because they are younger, stay longer and participate in more activities, backpackers have a greater exposure to such problems than other visitors. METHOD: The study's aim was to determine how many backpackers experience problems and lack health and safety information. Four hundred and thirty-one international visitors staying in a random sample of youth hostels and backpacker accommodation in Townsville were surveyed over the summer. RESULTS: Sixty two percent experienced a health and safety problem, commonly, insect bites, sunburn, headaches, lacerations, coral cuts, ear infections and diarrhea. Seventeen percent resolved only with professional help. Only 54% of backpackers had been offered health and safety information prior to departure, mainly vaccination advice. CONCLUSION: The proportion of backpackers offered health and safety information about tropical Australia, and the breadth of that information, needs to be increased.|
|Internal ID Number:||00115|
|Health Subject:||TROPICAL MEDICINE|
HEALTH AND SAFETY
|Appears in Collections:||Research Output|
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