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Things to know before visiting Australia

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 30, 2013
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Emergency no.:000

 

You can dial 112 000 in case of emergency. The Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia can be contacted on 132 500. For Western Australia, the number is 1300 130 039. For Tasmania and Northern Territory the number is 131 444.

 

National Relay Service on 106 can be used if you have a text phone/TTY. From all internal states and territories for Crime Stoppers call 1800 333 000. In case of threats to national security dial 1800 1234 00.

 

Australia is a highly developed stable democracy with a federal-state system. Read the State Department website for further details on widely available tourist facilities.

 

MEDICAL INSURANCE

 

We at Jagran, strongly urge you to seek advice before traveling anywhere abroad. Various available medical insurance companies can help you with various precautions which include confirming to their policy for overseas and covering emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation and much more.

 

You may want to consider purchasing a short-term policy for your trip, in case your medical insurance policy does not provide you with overseas coverage.

 

Before Visiting Australia

 

For vaccine-preventable diseases and other related diseases you might be at risk for, you should make sure you get the under mentioned vaccinations and medications before visiting Australia: (Note: Medical facilities are often case specific and depends on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. Your consulted doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, accordingly.)

 

Adults and children should get different vaccinations and can be checked duly below the link.

 

Diseases such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) come under the routine vaccines category are given at different stages of life; please refer to the childhood and adolescent immunization schedule and routine adult immunization schedule.

 

The government requires travelers arriving from countries where yellow fever (although yellow fever is not a disease risk in Australia) is present to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. This requirement must be taken into consideration, if you will be traveling to one of these countries where yellow fever is present before arriving in Australia.

 

NOTE: Be in no doubt as far as your routine vaccinations are concerned, they should be updated well in advanced.

 

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

 

Often best available risk information is what determines the recommendations of vaccines. It is to be duly noted that the level of risk for vaccine-preventable diseases can change at any time.

 

Vaccination or Disease
Recommendations or Requirements for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Routine
If you are not up-to-date with Routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc is highly recommended.
Hepatitis B
For all unvaccinated people who are exposed to blood or body fluids or exposed through medical treatment such as in a case of an accident or in case of direct sexual contact with local population Hepatitis B is highly recommended. For all adults requesting protection from HBV infection, even...
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