MEDICINE AD­VICE

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

Es­cape re­cently in­cluded a reader’s sug­ges­tion to re­move med­i­ca­tion, such as those for headache and malaria, from their box or bot­tle and put them into re­seal­able bags.

As a phar­ma­cist, I ad­vise against do­ing this with any medicine supplied on pre­scrip­tions writ­ten by a doc­tor or on a phar­ma­cist’s ad­vice. Med­i­ca­tion should stay in its orig­i­nal con­tainer la­belled with di­rec­tions for proper use.

In the case of pre­scrip­tion-only (S4) or con­trolled-drug (S8) med­i­ca­tion, la­bels also prove the medicine has been supplied legally through a phar­macy and in­cludes the names of doc­tor and pa­tient, plus other im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion. Many trav­ellers also carry a doc­tor’s let­ter list­ing the med­i­ca­tion that he has pre­scribed to prove the trav­eller is legally en­ti­tled to have them. PETER MAYNE

TALK IS CHEAP

A cou­ple of years ago our fam­ily did a South-East Asia cruise. I bought a set of two walkie-talkies with a range of 2km. We could con­tact our teenage kids on the large ship when needed and we used them in Tokyo so they could shop around sep­a­rately. No mo­bile phone or ex­pen­sive SIM cards re­quired – it worked a treat. PETER WIL­LIAMS

GOLF FANS

If you are a golf fan go to the Aussie Golf Ranch (aussiegol­franch.com.au) in Vent­nor, Phillip Is­land, Vic­to­ria and play on some of their golf courses. Minigolf and Pitch and Putt for the kids and Salt Water Creek for the fam­ily. Plus, it’s only a 10 minute walk on a bush track and sand dunes and you’re at the beach. We’ve stayed

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