It’s finally happening! And how appropriate too as this year will be the 10th Anniversary of the death of our great New Zealander, Sir Peter Blake.

We have now firmed up our itinerary and beaten down the costs to get a pretty good deal.

The journer in uncommon and has been specifically tailored to our requirement. There is a maximum limit of 12-14 spaces and it is intended that every one has an aim/project to complete whilst on the journey.

Worldwise Expeditions will select companions for the available spaces based on sense of character, project/aim and commitment.

At this stage the itinerary is mildly flexible so we are open to looking at incorporating your project requirements and situation.

We are really excited about this one!!! Please pass on to any family and friends that may be interested.

 

 

Contact Clare: clareshaw@worldwise.co.nz for more details

August 8, 2010

Cruising – Popularity for this mode of travel has increased dramatically over the years along with potential risk of public health problems. Cruising is generally seen as ‘no health risk’. There are risks for each traveller type from children, pregnant women, young adults to the elderly. Below we provide a few ‘general’ points on your travel health whilst cruising abroad.

Infectious Diarrhoea – there are frequent outbreaks caused by food and water contamination on ships.Novovirus is a very hardy virus capable of surviving on almost all surfaces from door handles, railings to windows. Practice good personal hygiene eg: hand washing. Take an alcohol based hand sanitser with you. Available at WORLDWISE centres

  • Hepatitis A is also a potential risk to cruise travellers through contaminated food and water. We recommend being up to date in your Hepatitis A immunisation.
  • Respiratory illness is the most common health problem on cruises. Spread by passengers, common ventilation systems & special facilities such as spas/buffet misting devices that generate aerosols. We recommend getting the Flu vaccination before departure.
  • Depending on ports you are getting off at around the world, there are specific risks for specific travellers. We recommend a consultation with your WORLDWISE specialist before departure, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions

You’re travelling on a 13 hour train trip across India.

You’ve just boarded and managed to get a seat. You’ve got your book or your ipod and you’re sorted. Then… oh NO!…. your bowels have become loose!
There are minimal station stops and the toilet consists of a hole in the floor of the carriage – the train tracks zooming past underneath you… and no toilet paper.
I don’t need to paint the picture any more than that suffice to say that it will probably remain the worst train trip of your life.

Travellers Diarrhoea – one of the most common health problems for travellers.

Some 30% of sufferers are confined to bed, and a further 40% are forced to change their travel plans.

Symptoms – Travellers Diarrhoea is defined as greater than or equal to 3 loose bowel motions (stools) within 8 hours or greater than or equal to 4 within 24 hours…plus 1 of:
· Nausea
· Vomiting
· Abdominal cramps
· Mild fever

How is it spread?
The disease is caused by micro-organisms (bacteria, viruses and parasites) that damage the gut.
It is spread by consuming contaminated food and water.
By touching food with unclean hands.

When eating and drinking, WORLDWISE apply the adage:

“COOK IT, PEEL IT, BOIL IT OR AVOID IT”

Be sensible with your eating and drinking whilst travelling to at risk areas.

· Drink bottled, filtered, purified and carbonated water. If buying bottled water, make sure that
the bottle is properly sealed. Remember to wash you teeth with this safe drinking water
· Choose raw fruit and vegetables that you can peel yourself
· Wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer before eating
· Foods should be thoroughly cooked and served piping hot

UNSAFE FOODS:
· Those cooked early in the day and served at room temperature
· Salads, raw vegetables, cold buffets
· Tap water, ice cubes, ice blocks
· Poorly or uncooked seafood and meat
· Food prepared with unpasteurized milk eg: ice cream

WORLDWISE stock a variety of travel medical kits, including the ‘Gastro Pack’ that includes appropriate prophylactic antibiotics– Designed to treat Traveller’s Diarrhoea.
We also stock a range of water purification products.
Please contact us if you would like more information on these products.

Check out our Facebook photo album dedicated to ‘Food and Water encounters’ whilst travelling

Avoid ice cubes in your drinks – you never know where it has come from and how it’s been handled

July 21, 2010

WORLDWISE 2010 TRAVEL MEDICINE CONFERENCE PROVES SUCCESSFUL!

WORLDWISE Travellers Health Centres, NZ,  recently held a successful Travel Medicine Conference for Health Professionals in Christchurch.

These educational events have been presented annually by WORLDWISE, for the last 12 years and are the longest ongoing regular open travel health meetings in Australasia. More than 70 Health Professionals from around New Zealand attended this year’s conference to update and gain knowledge of safe practice in the delivery of health care to intending travellers.

Key Speakers included: Prof Peter Leggat, Dr Deborah Mills from Australia, Dr Michael Moreton from Thailand and Assoc Prof Marc Shaw from New Zealand.

Doctor Deborah Mills, Medical Director for The Travel Doctor – Brisbane, contributed a wealth of information on ‘Women and Children travellers’, Risk assessmentof travellers, advice on travel health and vaccinations travelling to Bhutan, an update on the Australian prep, and pep guidelines for Rabies, and finally on Mosquito borne diseases in the north of Australia.

Professor Peter Leggat, Head of School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, applied his considerable expertise and research knowledge to the current Travel Medicine, Mosquito prevention measures, gastro problems for travellers and Anti-malarial management.

Dr Michael Moreton from Bangkok Hospital in Thailand added an interesting expatriate perspective and experiences of working in Asia, dealing with expatriates, and essentials of travel for health tourism.

Assoc Prof Marc Shaw, WORLDWISE Travellers Health Centres NZ infused his personal experiences and research into his presentations on The terrors of Travel, the safety and security of travellers, a Cholera vaccine update,  First Aid travel medical kits, Malaria, and Rabies epidemiology in New Zealand.

Other Speakers included: Hemi Morete – QSI Solutions, David Hammer – Microbiology, Edward Coughlin – Sexual Health Department,Iain Bell/Sue Chambers-Ross/Lincoln Nicholls – NZDF, Dr Mark Taylor / Dr Janine Rasmussen ‘ Lisa Scotland – WORLDWISE, Dr Debbie Walkden –The Travel Doctor NZ.

A variety of other topics were covered including the management of risk for groups and corporates / Safety and Security / Dengue Fever / Acute Mountain sickness / Kiwi Family holidays to in the pacific / Post Tsunami outbreaks / Life style issues of travellers / Travellers Diarrhoea / Insects and critters /New Zealand Defence Force perspectives on deployment travels to Samoa during the Tsunami experiences, and the Afghanistan.

WORLDWISE received fantastic feedback for the two days of education and would like to thank all the speakers who presented.

Planning is well ahead for the next conference in 2011 and those who wish to receive upcoming information are invited to write to online@worldwise.co.nz

WORLDWISE would also like to thank Glaxo Smith Kline for their unique contributions towards such a successful event.

Travel and Tropical Medicine is a growing  specialization. With around 2 million kiwis travelling overseas per year, Travel Health Professionals need to be regularly updated in global travel health information.

The WORLDWISE ONLINE Seminars have been annually presented for the last 12 years, and are the longest ongoing regular ‘open’ travel health meetings in Australasia.

This year’s WORLDWISE ONLINE conference offers Health Professionals a solid platform on which to learn and up-skill knowledge in this exciting specialization. It is aimed at all Primary Health Care Practitioners (General Practitioners, Public Health Physicians, Infectious Disease Specialists, Military medical Staff,  Pharmacists) with an interest in travel medicine. Primary Healthcare Nurses who have attended previous WORLDWISE ONLINE Level 1 courses are also invited to attend this annual meeting.

This year, the primary focus of the Conference will be on Corporate travellers and families travelling to the Asia – Pacific region. Special focus will be on

i) ‘rabies in our region’

ii) the safety of travel

iii) how to develop a risk analysis of a travel itinerary

iv) Women and children travellers

There are to be special sections on ‘country based   requirements’ for travel to South East Asia and Oceania.

The conference will be hosted at Hotel So in Central Christchurch. A hotel which implements sustainable business practices that reduce its ecological footprint.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • To understand safe practice in the delivery of health care to intending travellers, particularly to those travelling to the Asian and Pacific region
  • To update knowledge on current pertinent travel health issues and its relevance to current medical practice
  • To understand and develop knowledge base in Travel and Geographical Medicine  practice
  • To identify when it is vital to refer patients/travellers to specialty services
  • To understand the advice that corporate travellers need to keep them well on overseas  deployment
  • To understand what responses are needed in global emergency

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

  • Travelling groups and corporates      – Risk assessment
  • Life style issues of Travellers – Sex and STI’s
  • Medical Tourism – The Thailand Experience
  • Update on Dengue Fever – Current thinking and into the future
  • Food and Water borne issues – The family holiday, outbreaks
  • Woman and children travellers     – management, the pregnant traveller
  • Mosquito borne diseases
  • Wilderness weather extremes and travel – Creepy Crawlies , the essence of management
  • Region specific destinations – Asia, Pacific
  • Post natural disaster outbreaks – Thailand and Samoa experiences
  • Update on Malaria – Future developments
  • Rabies – devising a management plan, the Bali experience

WORLDWISE Post Graduate Conference Advanced Level – The New Zealand Advanced course in Travel, Tropical and Geographical Medicine for Travel and Primary Health Care Practitioners – has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 13.25 Hours CME for General Practice Educational Programme Stage 2 (GPEP2) and Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) purposes.

For more information, full programme details or registration, please contact Clare at online@worldwise.co.nz or 09 520 5830

We look forward to seeing you there!