Travelers in Australia are more likely to be affected by travel-related illness than the general population.
This is a finding that raises some questions about whether the travel industry should be focusing on reducing travel-induced illnesses and deaths in Australia.
A new study by researchers from the University of Western Australia and the Australian National University has found that air travel is more likely in the past decade to have been the source of illness and death for people travelling abroad.
“Air travel is a significant and rapidly changing industry, with a growing number of travellers and an increasing need to stay connected with family and friends in their home country,” says Dr Daniel G. Miller, who led the research.
“These trends are likely to have a significant impact on the lives of Australians travelling overseas.
The study also highlights the importance of providing health services for travellers, particularly those who are on short or long-term sick leave.”
The research analysed data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Australian Travel Health Survey, a survey of travel insurance claims and travel data.
The survey, which was conducted in the fall of 2015, found that the proportion of travellers who were covered by air travel insurance fell from 41.9% in the first quarter of 2016 to 29.4% in October of this year.
The findings show that while Australians travel overseas for work, leisure and other reasons, travel to and from the country is also a significant contributor to health and safety problems, especially in the case of air travel.
As well as being the most common cause of injury or death among Australians, the most frequently cited travel- related illness among travellers is the coronavirus, which is estimated to be responsible for over 400 deaths each year in Australia, with more than 1,000 Australians being diagnosed with it each year.
“We know that air traffic is one of the main causes of air pollution in the country and that air pollution is a major cause of asthma and related respiratory disease,” Dr Miller says.
“Our research found that in the recent decade, the proportion reporting a travel-linked illness in the year before they travelled abroad fell from 42.5% to 22.4%.
This may be due to the fact that air travellers are more aware of the health risks of travel to remote and remote-settled areas, or may simply be better prepared for travelling.”
However, the number of air travellers who report a travel illness in Australia in the current financial year has remained remarkably stable,” Dr. Miller says, “suggesting that air quality remains a major public health concern in Australia.”
Dr. Smith says that the air travel sector has been a particularly successful example of the effectiveness of the government’s Healthy Traveler Program. “
A major aspect of this issue is that air passengers are often a much smaller segment of the population, which means that it is difficult for air travel industry to target them in terms of health and wellness programs,” he says.
Dr. Smith says that the air travel sector has been a particularly successful example of the effectiveness of the government’s Healthy Traveler Program.
“This program has been successful in increasing the uptake of air transport by travellers,” he explains.
“More than 70% of travellers that were surveyed have been able to access the program, and it has also reduced the number who have contracted air pollution.
This is particularly important as air travel accounts for a significant portion of Australia’s COVID-19 deaths and the number travelling overseas has increased substantially.”
As well, air travel can have significant economic benefits, particularly when travelling in remote and small-scale rural communities, which are areas that have a high incidence of COVID and respiratory disease.
“The importance of air safety and the use of air traffic control measures should not be underestimated, particularly in remote, rural and remote areas.”
The research found air travel to be a significant contributing factor in around two thirds of travellers’ travel-associated illness and deaths.
Air travel has a long history in Australia and its economy has always been reliant on air traffic, with the country’s population in the 1800s largely travelling to the Americas.
However, air traffic has been significantly reduced since the 1970s as more people travelled on domestic flights, and Australia’s population has grown.
Currently, Australia has an average of 4.8 million people travelling overseas per year.
Australia has been the leading contributor to global COVID epidemics, with over 500,000 cases of coronaviral respiratory disease reported since the start of the pandemic in 2000.
In the US, COVID deaths have increased by over 80% in recent years.