Flying, whether for business or pleasure, is not as plain as getting vaccinations or altitude sickness medication. For an exciting and safe experience overseas, one needs a comprehensive health assessment. To help you prepare for your travel abroad, a travel clinic provides preventive medical services and advice for a safe international travel.
Travelling overseas isn’t the only reason one needs to visit a travel clinic. Other reasons are: for a physical exam because of a study abroad program, procurement of a visa and clinical rotations overseas of medical or nursing students because of exposure to blood and body fluids.
Australians love the sea. No wonder that when they go overseas, diving is on top of their priorities. However, many take for granted that the undersea environment is very different from the one we’re used to on land. A doctor checks the effects of breathing gases on the body under high pressure. Likewise, a doctor checks a diver’s fitness as part of ensuring a diver’s safety specially when going underwater overseas.
Nowadays, diving is open to people whose medical conditions would’ve prevented them from engaging in this sport before. During diving medicals, a patient receives a briefing on diving disorders coupled with an analysis of the diver’s fitness. Not as simple as it sounds, in a diving accident, a number of medical conditions and health factors may manifest all at the same time making the diver’s condition complicated to treat. A simple cold and a predisposition to allergies may add to the 74 percent of fatalities in diving.
Part of ensuring a traveler’s safety is making sure the pilot and aircrew are also in top medical condition.
All pilots, aircrews and astronauts require going through a flight medical checkup, also called aerospace medical or aviation medicals. A travel clinic conducts a comprehensive and personalized recommendation after an aviation medical exam.
Part of this medical is not only preventing conditions that aircrews are susceptible to in the aerospace environment, but treating existing conditions as well.
Factors checked in an aviation exam
1. Susceptibility towards heart attack, epilepsy and metabolic conditions like diabetes which are hazardous and exacerbated at a high altitude.
2. Colour blindness. This may prevent a pilot or an aircrew to carry out necessary functions.
3. General health. People who fly for a living are prone to some diseases because of the different work shifts which bring about different sleeping hours. Likewise, healthy meals take a back seat because their irregular meals are usually made up of carbonated drinks and high energy snacks. Because of these, pilots and aircrew are also prone to work-related stress.
Not all doctors can do a Dive Medical Examination. Only a doctor with an approved training can do a check up on divers. Likewise, only Australian Designated Aviation Medical Examiners (DAME) can issue an aviation medical certificate.
SmartClinics Family Medical Centre in Level 5, Jemcorp House 49 Sherwood Road has qualified gp’s in Toowong, Queensland that can do both types of specialised examinations.
To find out the best time for an appointment before you travel, check out http://smartclinics.com.au/our-services/travel-clinics/.