Welcome to Healthy Grey Nomads
Each year, thousands of older Australians take to the road with their caravans to explore Australia, these older Australia’s are often referred to as ‘Grey Nomads'.
Grey nomads can be defined as people aged 55 and above who are semi retired or retired that travel for an extended amount of time throughout Australia using a caravan or motor home as their base.
It is important for Grey Nomads to be adequately prepared and equipped to handle the harsh travel conditions and limited access to medical services that exist in some of the rural and remote areas in Australia.
Research suggests that Grey Nomads place a significant burden on rural and remote health services in Australia, a burden which can be avoided if proper pre-travel health checks are undertaken.
Here you’ll find useful health and lifestyle information to help you prepare for your travels and to stay physically and mentally fit while you're away.
There are a range of health and lifestyle information and services - from assessing your body weight and diet, to risk assessment for such illnesses as diabetes and osteoporosis. There are even checks to assess your anxiety levels and drinking habits.
The pages also offer useful advice on dealing with a host of illnesses and ways to find health assistance and support while on the road.
We hope you find the webpages useful in monitoring and maintaining your ongoing health and well being while travelling. Happy travels!
Bookmark this page and come back often!
GPQ acknowledges funding by Queensland Health.
All information published on the Healthy Grey Nomads webpages is accurate at the time of publication. While the information on the Healthy Grey Nomads webpage has been researched, reviewed and presented with all due care, the content is provided for general education and information only.
PREPAREBefore travelling it is important to ensure you are well prepared and equipped to handle the harsh travel conditions and potential limited health service access.
When preparing to travel, consider the following:
CHECK your overall well being
- undertake pre-travel health checks to assess any underlying health risk factors or illnesses.
LEARN and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of health related topics
- gain valuable knowledge and understanding of any potential condition you may be suffering from, as well as helpful advice on how to deal with it while travelling.
FIND assistance while on the road
CHECKIt is important to undertake pre-travel health checks to assess any underlying health risk factors or illnesses before travelling as well assist you to maintain or make positive health behaviours and/or changes while travelling.
Self check and assess your current state of health and look for any symptoms you may have for a variety of physical and mental issues.
The Healthy Ageing Quiz helps you decide if your current lifestyle choices are helping you to age well.
How active are you? Quiz helps you work out if you’re exercising enough, then whether you need to work out more.
Self check your body weight, eating and drinking habits and anxiety levels or complete more specific checks on such illnesses as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
All checks will give you a good indication of your health and enable you to implement strategies to support your health while travelling.
Each check should not take longer than a few minutes to complete.
Simply click on the links below and start checking.
LEARNIf a CHECK has highlighted possible signs of a problem, you’ll find specific information on that issue right here.
This section is designed to help you gain valuable knowledge and understanding of any potential condition you may be suffering from, as well as helpful advice on how to deal with it.