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|dc.contributor.author||Peach, Hedley G.||en|
|dc.contributor.author||Bath, Nicole E.||en|
|dc.description.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.||en|
|dc.description.provenance||Submitted by Gemma Siemensma (email@example.com) on 2013-01-08T00:13:08Z No. of bitstreams: 0||en|
|dc.description.provenance||Approved for entry into archive by Gemma Siemensma (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 2013-01-08T00:13:50Z (GMT) No. of bitstreams: 0||en|
|dc.description.provenance||Made available in DSpace on 2013-01-08T00:13:50Z (GMT). No. of bitstreams: 0 Previous issue date: 2000||en|
|dc.title||Health and safety problems and lack of information among international visitors backpacking through north Queensland.||en|
|dc.bibliographicCitation.title||Journal of Travel Medicine||en|
|dc.subject.healththesaurus||HEALTH AND SAFETY||en|
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