Health risks of travellers returning ‘home’

Visiting friends and relatives leaves open the potential for contracting illnesses

Multilingual GPs are a valuable resource in improving the uptake of pre-travel health advice.

Travel health

The importance and challenges involved in providing health advice to travellers visiting friends and relatives overseas was the subject of a presentation by Dr Anita Heywood from the University of NSW at the 2014 Congress of the International Society of Travel Medicine.1

Dr Heywood has recently published the results of a study of Sydney GPs' perception of risk for travellers visiting friends and relatives in the Journal of Travel Medicine.2