Nationwide travel insurance campaign

Media release

18 November 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today launched a nationwide $2.6 million campaign to remind Australians of the health and financial risks of travelling overseas while uninsured.

The Minister was accompanied by Ms Erin Langworthy, a young Australian who fell 360 feet into a river in Zambia in 2011 after her bungee cord broke.

Ms Langworthy's insurance ensured treatment in a high-quality hospital and saved around $50,000 in medical bills.

"Australian embassies and consulates assist more than 14000 Australian families in distress each year," Senator Carr said.

"Regrettably this includes many hospitalisations, accidents and illnesses on the road.

"Australians without travel insurance can be risking poor local hospital care and high medical bills if they are sick or injured while overseas.

"The message of this campaign is to take care overseas and take out insurance before you leave."

The $2.6 m Smartraveller campaign commences tonight with electronic advertisements and postcards featuring Erin Langworthy.

The campaign would also include:

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