Welcome to the DOT Travel Clinic which is run by Dr Catriona Caddell, a GP qualified in the specialty of Travel Medicine.
Dr Caddell has travelled extensively over the years to South America, India, Europe, SE Asia and the Pacific region.
Multi-day hiking treks, mountain biking and cycle-tours have frequently been her favourite way to explore new places with friends and family.
She enjoys combining her medical knowledge and travel experience to assist you with preparing for a happy and healthy trip!
If you have a regular doctor at another medical centre, Dr Caddell will liaise with your usual GP regarding any current health issues and medications which may affect your travel plans. Any vaccinations you may decide to have or medications which are prescribed for your trip can be communicated back to your GP for continuity of care and to avoid any duplication or possible interactions and side-effects etc.
Please see below regarding the TRAVEL CLINIC QUESTIONNAIRE to be completed before your appointment. This is particularly important for new patients attending the clinic.
Maybe you are planning a trip with young children.
Maybe you are finishing school and heading off on a Gap Year.
Or maybe you wish to see more of the world in your retirement.
Whatever your age, there may be specific travel health issues which can be discussed before you depart.
Malaria, Yellow Fever and Gastro prevention are of particular importance for young children and Seniors or anyone with underlying health conditions.
The exciting thing about working in Travel Medicine is that we are lucky enough to meet people who are travelling to all corners of the globe, for all sorts of reasons!
Adventure, Relaxation, School Groups, Honeymoon, Business, Visiting Family, Study or Work Overseas, Aid Work, Medical Tourism…..the list is endless!!
Wherever you are going, you are most welcome to come and talk to Dr Caddell about your travel plans and she can tailor the health advice you receive according to your personal itinerary.
We stock most travel vaccines on site, including the YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION which is only available at Australian Government Accredited Vaccination Centres.
The risk-benefit analysis (“pros and cons”) of any vaccination will be discussed with you before you decide whether to be immunised or not.
Most travel-related vaccinations are not on the government-funded National Immunisation Programme, so have to be paid for personally by the patient. You may be able to claim some of the cost back from your health insurer, so don’t forget to keep any receipts!
Vaccines which we stock include:
PERTUSSIS (WHOOPING COUGH)
Gastro is one of the most common “trip-spoilers” overseas. There are a number of simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of this very unpleasant illness while you are away.
There are many different causes of traveller’s diarrhoea (and vomiting). Being aware of how to avoid them, along with how to treat them if you are unlucky enough to fall ill, can make all the difference to your experience!
Insect-bites (particularly mosquitoes) can lead to serious infections and health problems for travellers to many parts of the world.
Malaria, Zika Virus, Dengue, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis. These are some of the infections which can be transmitted by the bite of a mosquito.
Come along and discuss what the risk of these infections may be at your destination and how you can reduce your chances of being bitten and becoming unwell.
If your trip involves going to altitude (generally relevant at levels above around 2500m), it is really important to learn how you can avoid becoming unwell.
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) does not depend on age or fitness level, and there are a number of ways you can plan your trip to lower the risk of being affected by high altitude.
It is really helpful to bring your itinerary with the number of days you will be at altitude and what the levels will be day to day (your Elevation or Altitude profile).
After a full discussion about your trip, Dr Caddell can prescribe medications which you can use to make up your own medical kit. This system tends to work well for most patients/travellers as individual needs can really vary.
Pre-packed commercial kits may often contain some unnecessary or irrelevant items, but be missing other useful items.
You can then go away and collect your prescribed medications and any other over-the-counter treatments/creams/dressings etc from the pharmacy of your choice.
Hopefully you will stay well and have no significant health problems while you are away…especially if you have taken the time and made the effort to be well-informed and prepared.
However, if you do become unwell overseas or when you return home then you are most welcome to book an appointment at DOT Travel Clinic for assessment and any relevant tests or treatments you may need to assist you in your recovery.
Please let us know at the time of booking which country(ies) you have visited and whether you have a fever, for prompt attention and triage.
If you would like to book an appointment with Dr Caddell, please call 5470 2211 and our friendly reception staff will take your details.
It is best to allow AT LEAST 6-8 weeks prior to departure where possible and it would be most helpful if you could bring any details of your previous vaccination history along with you to avoid possible duplication.
A standard Travel Consultation is 45 minutes.
However, please let us know if ……
*you have a complex itinerary (visiting several different countries),
*you are trekking at Altitude
*you are visiting an area where Yellow Fever vaccination may be required (African continent, Central & South America)
*you wish to have any recommended vaccinations at the same (first) visit
*you have complex health needs
If any of the above apply, you may be advised to book a longer appointment (60 minutes)
There is a QUESTIONNAIRE HERE to complete before your appointment please. You are most welcome to email it back or print it off and drop the hard copy in to us preferably at least a couple of days prior to your appointment.
We really look forward to seeing you at DOT Travel Clinic to talk about your trip soon! :)