Outdoors - Your Health and Safety in the Outback

When touring in remote areas it's unrealistic to expect signposts to warn of dangers or fences to stop you from getting to close to the edge of a cliff; out there you must accept responsibility for your own safety, take extra care and avoid risky behaviour. Medical help is usually hours away even if HF radio or satellite telephone communications is available to summon assistance. We've had first hand experience of medical emergencies on a couple of Outback trips; it was no fun waiting for help with our mate who'd broken ribs and punctured a lung in a fall.  

We love exploring the Outback and camping in remote areas; our advice to minimise the risks of getting injured, dying from dehydration, being eaten by a crocodile, bitten by a snake or stung by insects is to be aware, be careful and be properly prepared.

More advice on how to stay safe can be found in articles in the following Outdoors Health and Safety pages.    

   

ARE YOU REALLY PREPARED FOR AN OUTBACK ADVENTURE

Here's an OTA website visitor's report on a bush stranding

You never know when things can go horribly wrong in the Outback. Here's an account of a six-day stranding in the remote Northern Simpson Desert.

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ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE FIRST AID GUIDE

A handy quick-reference guide to bush first aid - March 2017

​The Royal Flying Doctor Service has printed a pocket-sized quick guide to first aid. The single-sheet, fold-out guide packs into a cardboard holder and can easily be deployed for instant reading.

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AUSTRALIAN NATIVE BEES - March 2015

You may come across these industrious little blokes.

Native bees are important pollinators of Australia's unique wildflowers and are a vital part of our Australian bushland.

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BITE AWAY - INSECT BITE HEALER

Neutralises insect bites

We've been using a Bite Away Insect Bite Healer for over a year and now we wouldn't leave home without it.

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BITING MIDGES - CERATOPOGONIDAE

And what you can do about them

There’s no such place as paradise. No matter how idyllic the location, there’s always something around to stuff it up. Here's what you can do to protect yourself and remedies if you do get bitten.

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SAFETY - FIRST AID AND BITE AND STING APPS - January 2014

Check out these bush-compatible medical Apps.

We've come across several Apps for android and Apple portable devices that could be the ideal way of carrying first aid and bite and sting information when you go bush.

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HF - 'FLYING DOCTOR' - RADIO NETWORK

The VKS737 HF radio network is a very useful bush communication tool - updated December 2016

Outback Travel Australia relies on the VKS737 network on all bush trips. Contrary to the belief of many, HF isn't 'dinosaur' system, but thanks to recent developments is the communications network of choice for remote area travel and disaster relief.

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SAFETY - FIRST AID TRAINING

Because you never know when you might need to use it

Carrying a first aid kit is a great idea, and even better with some first aider skills in the event of an emergency in the Outback - you could be a life saver!

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SAFETY - ITEMS YOU SHOULDN'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT

Safety should never be sacrificed for any reason.

Every 4WD on every trip needs to carry safety equipment. Here's a list of basic necessities.

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SAFETY - DROWSINESS MEASURING GLASSES

Fatigue monitoring can save lives

Optalert drowsiness monitoring glasses work by measuring a driver’s eyelid movements 500 times a second using a small LED built into the frame of the glasses.

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SAFETY - BE SNAKE AWARE - VIDEOS

Understanding something about snakes is the best defence against snakebite.

In the accompanying videos you'll see some of Australia's best-known snakes in action. Being able to distinguish dangerous from harmless from lethal is important. In the unlikely event of a snakebite here's the St Johns Ambulance advice on what to do.

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SAFETY - WEATHERWATCH

Keep an eye on the sky

Camping in rain or strong wind isn’t any fun at all. Knowing a bit about weather patterns can help in successful trip planning.

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