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Being 'first aid' prepared for travel

Monday 11 July 4:59 PM

Australia’s population is concentrated in urban areas near the coast, with the highest concentration being in the south east of the country, stretching roughly from Bundaberg around to Adelaide. A similar concentration occupies a smaller area in the south west of the country in Western Australia. After travellers progress beyond Australia’s most heavily populated areas that comprise the ‘coastal fringe’, great spaces exist between the towns and the services, especially medical, that they provide. The key to successful travel in inland Australia, known as ‘the outback’, is to be prepared.

The Outback Australia Travel Guide lists seven deadly dangers of the outback, including snakes, spiders, crocodiles and falling off Uluru (as the result of a heart attack). However, as an outback traveller, you are more likely to suffer complaints such as cuts, grazes, burns (including sunburn), stings, bites, dehydration and driver fatigue. With some common sense and well thought out preparation, including equipping yourself with a first aid kit, you can avoid catastrophe and minimise the effects of the more common mishaps that travellers experience in the outback.

The Tourism Australia website devotes a page to Australia’s travel tips and hazards. One of the tips suggests having an emergency plan. Part of a good emergency plan would be having a first aid kit in your vehicle. Allens Training sells a variety of first aid kits, ranging from the small Survival first aid kit to the more comprehensive Workplace and Home first aid kit. The contents of Allens Training first aid kits include items required for dealing with a number of medical emergencies. Many of the items coincide with those that the MyDr website suggests to include in your medical kit when travelling.  Also available from Allens training are Instant Ice Packs, resuscitation masks, and Snake and Funnel Web Spider Bite first aid kits. A set of free first aid charts from Allens Training would be a handy inclusion in your traveller’s medical kit as well.

Australians like to travel beyond their own country also. This can present a different set of issues, depending on the destination and activities engaged in. However, swimming pool accidents, sporting injuries, food poisoning and car accidents are among the top overseas travel mishaps. You may not want to take a first aid kit overseas with you, but part of your preparation for travel, domestic or international, could be attending a Provide First Aid course. The Provide First Aid course, which includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), will equip you to assess an emergency situation, and to administer first aid in a range of situations, including travel accidents and injuries.

Provide First Aid courses are available Australia-wide from Allens Training extensive partner network, which includes more than 500 qualified trainers. To find a trainer near you, click on the Find Training in Your Area button on the Allens Training home page, enter your postcode in the search field, then choose from the list of trainers.

First aid kits can be purchased through Allens Training Online Store or by phoning 1300 559 064.

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