Health and SafetyVACCINATIONS
Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from or visited a yellow fever infected area within six days prior to your arrival.
Health and hygiene standards in Australia are high and it is unlikely that you will encounter any health problems. Australia Medicare system has reciprocal agreements with Finland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom which entitles residents of these countries to receive necessary medical and hospital treatment. This only applies to public hospitals and casualty departments.
When travelling check the small print of travel insurance to see whether registration with Medicare is required before making a claim. If you are not covered by travel insurance a Medicare rebate can be claimed by presenting your passport and visa, together with your medical account, to any Medicare office.
Dental treatment is not covered by Medicare.
SAFETY IN THE SUN
Care must be taken when exposed to sunlight, particularly in summer. Wear a hat and sunglasses and protect your skin with 15+ sun-block at all times. The sun is at its strongest between 11am -3pm.
SAFETY AT THE BEACH
Due to an increase in accidents involving tourists, great care must be taken when visiting our beaches:Always swim or surf at a beach patrolled by lifesavers.
Swim between the red and yellow flags. These indicate the safest areas to swim.
Never swim alone.
Read the signs on the beach. Obey any directions given by lifesavers.
Conditions change. Always check before entering the water.
If you get into trouble in the water, wave your right arm to raise alarm.
AT THE BEACH OR SWIMMING POOLDo not swim directly after a meal.
Do not swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Do not run and dive in.
Always check depth of water before diving in.
If you get into trouble in the water, don't panic, signal for help.