The new rules have raised concerns about people’s health and safety as people try to travel to a country with few restrictions.
The Government has put out a travel advisory for the country, warning people not to travel until they have “expert advice” from their GP.
The travel advisory is a “very comprehensive” document, including advice on the safety of air travel, and “should be read with caution”, a Department of Health spokeswoman said.
“These guidelines are for travellers who have been advised to travel by their GP, but may need further advice.” “
The GP advisory is based on “excellent evidence” and “provides valuable information”, the spokeswoman said, adding it would be up to individual GP practices to decide whether or not to issue advice. “
These guidelines are for travellers who have been advised to travel by their GP, but may need further advice.”
The GP advisory is based on “excellent evidence” and “provides valuable information”, the spokeswoman said, adding it would be up to individual GP practices to decide whether or not to issue advice.
The advisory is meant to provide advice to doctors on how to help patients if they need to return to Australia, and is not meant to advise travellers against travelling.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Government’s travel advisory was a “major step” in ensuring people are “safe and sound”.
“We’ve been working hard with our partners to make sure we’re protecting Australians from the most serious risk of travel,” he said.
Dr Richard Nettle, a GP at Perth’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said people who have travelled abroad before might want to consult with their GP about whether they should travel.
Dr Nettle said people could still get “a good understanding” of the health risks posed by flying.
“But if you do need to travel, you should be aware of all the information out there, because it’s a very detailed document,” he told ABC Radio Perth.
“You’re looking at the information and you’re looking for advice from your GP and from other health professionals.”
He said it was possible for people to take the advice from a GP and then fly to a different country.
Dr Javid Nasser, chief executive of the Australian Health Practitioners Association, said it would make sense for people who had already travelled abroad to consult their GP to make up their mind.
“They could just say, ‘I’ve already travelled overseas, I’ll just do it from home’.” He said doctors were “not trained” to advise people whether to travel or not, and it was up to the individual GP practice to decide.
“In the past, it’s been very, very difficult to get that guidance because doctors have had to come in and have to advise the patients what they should do,” Dr Nasser said.
Health experts are concerned that many doctors are not trained to advise Australians on whether they can travel overseas, and that they might not be able to tell patients what to do if they are not confident they can safely travel.
The advice from doctors on flying can be difficult to interpret because of the “expectation” that some countries might impose restrictions, Dr Napper said.
But he said it could be “extremely useful” to know if there was a risk to health.
“What you’re doing is you’re setting out the possibility that there might be some restrictions on your journey, and you don’t want to miss out on that opportunity,” he added.
“So the more you know about it, the more confident you are that you can travel safely and comfortably.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it had not yet been contacted by the ABC regarding the travel advisory, but had received many complaints about it.
“The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has issued guidance on air travel in the country,” a spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said it has already issued guidelines for people travelling to New Zealand and the US, but the advice was not generalisable to the other countries.
“There is no general advice on flying in New Zealand.”
The Health Department also released a statement on Friday about the health of people who travel to Australia.
“Australia is a safe place to visit and work, and while we do our utmost to ensure our people are safe, our country remains one of the safest places on the planet,” the statement said.
It urged Australians to “take all reasonable steps” to ensure they have information to make an informed decision before travelling.
“If you have a concern about a health issue you have, you can contact your doctor, GP or travel provider.”
Travel advice from the Department of Agriculture and Forestry on Australia’s cattle population The Department says cattle are in “exceptionally good health” in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
The agency said its cattle population is now in “good health” and it had “no specific concerns” about the Northern Maroo region.
It said “good progress” was being made in the rehabilitation of cattle graziers.
It noted that the population of the Northern Rivers