Every year 57% of Australians travel to different places to spend their vacation, 23% visit their friends place and 10% Australians travel to various countries to attend business meeting or sign a business deal. On an average, every Australian spends 14 days overseas and the most favorite destination of Aussies are New Zealand, Indonesia, United States, Thailand and United Kingdom.
Reports show that every 1 in 2 Australians report illness due to traveling of which most of them are minors. Most of travelers are affected with several infectious diseases such as Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies and Cholera.
The death risk associated with Japanese encephalitis is higher than skin cancer( 12% deaths in Australia per year) and diabetes. Every year over 55,000 deaths are recorded worldwide due to rabies and it is reported that 3 million Australians visit cholera endemic areas every year.
There are 130 specialized travel health clinics in Australia but doctors report that 64% of Aussie travelers don't seek health care advice.