Health

The health and wellbeing of our participants is our highest priority. Supporting and guiding our participants through a safe and secure experience is a key objective. You will be provided with specific health information relevant to your placement country in more detail once you have been accepted for a placement and at your pre-departure preparation sessions. Read on for generic health information we provide.

  • Before you depart
  • Whilst on your placement
  • When you return
  • We provide you with a pre-departure checklist to assist you with relevant health requirements.
  • We advise you to visit a travel doctor to get relevant health advice and vaccinations for your placement.
  • We advise you to:
    • Use insect repellent,
    • Only drink clean bottled water,
    • Use a mosquito net (where applicable),
    • Wear long sleeved, light colored clothes (where applicable),
    • Follow all instructions from your supervisor or host site staff.
    • We provide compulsory pre-departure preparation sessions (face-to-face or via webinar) that allow opportunities for participants to get to know one another, and covers relevant host country information on:
      • Food and water
      • Common physical and mental health concerns,
      • Immunisation requirements
      • Access to medical care in-country,
      • Emergency medical action plans,
      • Drug and alcohol use,
      • Positive sexual health.
  • We provide all small groups (8-12 participants) with pre-and post-placement counselling sessions (individual participants will be advised to seek personal counselling).
  • We insist that our supervisors have an up to date Senior First Aid Certificate.
  • We insist that participants complete and submit relevant documentation (including medical clearance forms which are reviewed by a health professional) prior to departure.
  • We insist that participants purchase and provide us with a copy of their Travel Insurance prior to departure.
  • We discuss relevant details for volunteers with a disability.
  • We provide an Emergency Telephone Service which participants (and their NOK) can call 24/7 if they experience a genuine emergency.
  • We provide all participants with a Safety Card that lists details for:
    • Development Together’s Emergency Telephone Service
    • Development Together’s Australian office staff (available 24/7)
    • In-country host organisation contact person
    • Country specific embassy
  • We ensure nominated local staff have access to Development Together’s 24/7 Emergency Telephone Service.
  • We provide participants with the contact details of the closest hospital or medical clinic.
  • We provide 1 litre of clean drinking water per person per day.

  • We follow up with you to make sure you have arrived home safely.
  • We can recommend a travel doctor, familiar with your host country, should you have any ongoing health issues.
  • For small groups, we conduct a debriefing with a counsellor.
  • For individuals, we can recommend an appropriate counsellor if required.

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