Dehydration and heat illnesses
Heat illness and dehydration can affect anyone visiting Central Australia at any time of the year. The effects of heat illness range from a mildly uncomfortable heat rash to a life threatening case of heat stroke.
As a tour guide, you have a responsibility to look after your own health as well as knowing:
- the signs and symptoms of heat illnesses and dehydration
- what the recommended treatments are
- where to locate assistance in the case of an illness.
Tour guides in Central Australia require first aid knowledge as well as first aid kits that are fully stocked with items that can assist in any of the emergencies that can occur whilst on tour.
Visitors will also look to the tour guide as the person with local knowledge and experience who demonstrates acceptable behaviour.
By wearing appropriate clothing, headwear, footwear and sunblock, as well as drinking adequate amounts of water, and avoiding drinking to excesses after hours, tour guides demonstrate acceptable and appropriate behaviours for visitors who are often unaccustomed to Central Australian conditions.
The additional readings in the right-hand column are for those who would like more information about this topic.