The health and health preparation of long-term Australian travellers

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Halcomb, Elizabeth, Stephens, Moira, Smyth, Elizabeth, Meedya, Shahla and Tillott, Sarah. (2017). The health and health preparation of long-term Australian travellers. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 23(4), pp. 386-390. https://doi.org/10.1071/PY16138
AuthorsHalcomb, Elizabeth, Stephens, Moira, Smyth, Elizabeth, Meedya, Shahla and Tillott, Sarah
Abstract

A growing number of Australians are travelling domestically for extended periods. This creates challenges in both continuity of health care and burdens on health services. This paper reports a cross-sectional survey aimed to explore the health needs and health planning of long-term travellers. In total, 316 respondents who had travelled for more than 3 months consecutively in the last year participated. Most respondents were retired (n = 197; 62.3%); however, ages ranged from 26 to 89 years. Nearly half of the respondents or their travel companion had a long-term illness that affected their daily life (n = 135; 42.7%). Nearly half of respondents visited a GP (n = 133; 42.1%), nearly one-quarter visited an Emergency Department (n = 72; 22.8%) and 19.9% (n = 63) visited another health provider while travelling. The level of preparation around health while travelling varied between participants. This study highlights that long-term travellers have significant health needs and are likely to require health services during their extended travel. Additionally, it identifies that currently few strategies are used to plan for health care during travel. This raises issues for rural and remote health services in terms of both capacity and continuity of care.

Year01 Jan 2017
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Journal citation23 (4), pp. 386-390
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
ISSN1448-7527
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1071/PY16138
PubMed ID28592352
Web address (URL)https://www.publish.csiro.au/py/PY16138
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Deposited06 Jan 2023
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