Health & insurance
Few travellers to Victoria will experience anything worse than a bad hangover, but if you do fall ill the standard of hospitals and health care is high.
Before You Go
Proof of yellow-fever vaccination is required only from travellers entering Australia within six days of having stayed overnight or longer in a yellow-fever-infected country. No specific vaccinations are required to travel in Victoria.
While the standard of health care in Australia is high and is not overly expensive by international standards, travel insurance should be considered essential for international travellers. Make sure you have appropriate coverage if you plan on doing any ‘dangerous’ activities such as skiing, rock climbing, diving or motorcycling.
Availability & Cost of Healthcare
Australia’s Medicare system (www.medicareaustralia.gov.au) covers Australian residents for some health-care costs and emergency care, with reciprocity for citizens of New Zealand, Belgium, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Malta and Ireland. Melbourne and the major provincial centres have high-quality hospitals.
Animal Bites & Stings
Sunburn & Skin Cancer
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Don’t be fooled by Victoria’s variable weather and cloudy days – UV exposure here is as dangerous as anywhere in the country. If you’re going out in the summer sun, particularly at the beach, use 50-plus water-resistant sunscreen and wear a hat, sunglasses and shirt as much as possible.
Tap water is safe to drink throughout the state.