Grey Nomads need to remember health plans

By Sharon Smith
Thursday, 08 October, 2015

As we approach the warmer months, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has given a heads-up to its members of the increased number of ‘Risky Nomads’ who hit the road to make the most of (or travel to) the better weather.

This age group is particularly likely to have prescriptions that need filling and conditions that need monitoring, however, due to a lack of precautions and understanding, first-timers can get caught in less-than-desirable and often-dangerous situations.

According to Mackay pharmacist Karalyn Huxhagen: “Some have very advanced end-of-life conditions, such as prostate cancer, leukaemia or Alzheimer's disease. Their partner is still well enough to do the driving and they stay on the road enjoying their life together as long as possible.”

Industry bodies are urging clinicians and healthcare providers to provide support for their patients who are embarking on trips to plan for their health conditions and medication requirements, and to also support any patients they may acquire as new visitors.

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