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Services for Students

Girls

  • Have you had your 3 Gardasil vaccinations? (Gardasil is the vaccine which helps to protect you against Cervical Cancer.)
  • Do you know how to do BSE (Breast Self-Examination)? Follow the link to go through the steps of how to do a BSE:  DiscoveryForMe – How to do a breast self-examination
  • Have you had your Cervical Screening test? This should be done every 5 years.
  • Did you know that the Medical Centre does Chlamydia tests and STI screening?

Guys

  • The Medical Centre also does Chlamydia tests and STI screening for guys as well.
  • Do you know how to check your testicles for any unusual lumps? Guide on how to do TSE.

Skin Cancer

If you notice any changes to your skin that concern you, make an appointment with one of the doctors at the University Medical Centre or your GP.

Things to look out for include:

  • A sore that does not heal
  • Spread of pigment from the border of a spot to surrounding skin
  • Redness or a new swelling beyond the border
  • Change in sensation - itchiness, tenderness, or pain
  • Change in the surface of a mole - scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a bump or nodule

Find out more about the UV Index and when to protect your skin from the Cancer Council.

Not all skin changes are caused by skin cancer. Your doctor will investigate your skin changes to determine a cause and appropriate management.

Quick Health Inventory

  • Are you getting enough sleep?
  • Are you getting at least 30 minutes of physical exercise on at least 3 - 4 days of the week?
  • Do you get enough sunlight for Vitamin D production but not too much because sunburn increases the risk of melanoma?
  • Are you eating a variety of foods from the five main foods groups?:
    • Bread, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles
    • Vegetables, legumes
    • Fresh fruit
    • Milk, yoghurt, cheese
    • Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, legumes.
  • Are you getting enough Iron, B12 and Folate in your diet? If you are tired, consult your doctor for a blood test to exclude other causes and determine appropriate supplementation if needed. [People with a family history of haemochromatosis should have a blood test for the gene and should not take vitamins with iron]

Drinking and Smoking

Do you know how much alcohol you are consuming in a week? Follow this link, to ReachOut.Com, for information on safe drinking, binge drinking, drink spiking, staying safe at parties and more.

You can also take the survey at THRIVE to see if you are drinking safely.

There are many support services in the community to help with smoking cessation. You can start with a visit to the UC Medical & Counselling Centre and talk to one of the doctors, nurses or counsellors about how we can help you to quit.

And don't forget that the UC has a Tobacco on Campus Policy and designated smoking areas!

Stress and Mental Health

Many of us are ill equipped to cope with the thoughts, feeling and behaviours associated with stress. Many people try to ignore or avoid the experiences, which in time only makes matters worse.
Those who cope well with stress usually demonstrate the following:

  • Internal control (able to respond to stress appropriately and turn difficulties into challenges);
  • Social Support (have friends, family or a community they can lean on for support and guidance);
  • Anchors (have personal beliefs and values, routines, meaningful things or places that support them to cope with stress);
  • Physical care (attend to their physical needs i.e. sleep exercise, nutrition);
  • Involvement (participate with a group or community, have a sense of belonging );
  • Interpretation of events (have a positive outlook, see themselves as competent and able to effectively influence a situation);
  • Reactions to stress (are constructive).

A visit to our doctors or counsellors can assist with ways of dealing with stress and other mental difficulties. Find more information and tips on stress and mental health here.

Emergency information

Ambulance (Life threatening emergencies only) Phone: 000
Accident and Emergency - Calvary Hospital (Northside) Phone: 6201 6111
Accident and Emergency - Canberra Hospital (Southside)Phone: 6244 2611
CALMS - Canberra After-hours Locum Medical ServicePhone: 1300 422 567
Lifeline (Counselling service)Phone: 13 11 14
After-hours GP Helpline - (Healthdirect Australia)Phone: 1800 022 222
Mental Health Crisis TeamPhone: 1800 629 354
University of Canberra Crisis LinePhone: 1300 271 790
Text:     0488 884 227

If you feel unwell make an appointment with one of our doctors by calling 6201 2351, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. A range of medical and counselling services are available to all UC students. For more information download our practice information sheet.

If you require a medical certificate to cover university work or exams, please remember:

The final decision in relation to any request resides with appointed officers of the university in accordance with university guidelines and procedures. Documentation from the Medical and Counselling Centre does not guarantee that your request will be granted.

Also remember to check out our Useful Tips section for information on dealing with stress and access to a range of university services.


Disclaimer: The above information is for information purposes only, and is not designed to replace medical or counselling services. If you need further assistance or information, please contact the University Medical and Counselling Service on (02) 6201 2351.

A range of medical and counselling services are available to UC students. For more information download our practice information sheet.

Cost

Medical services for Australian UC students are bulk-billed through Medicare.

The Medical Centre has an arrangement with a number of pathology and radiology centres, allowing students to be bulk-billed for many services. Fees for other services are available on request. Please ask at the Reception Desk for more information on fees.

International Students, in most instances will be charged the Medicare bulk-billing rate. For holders of OSHC Worldcare or OSHC Medibank Private, medical services will be billed directly to the insurance provider. *Holders of OSHC insurance from other providers, will need to pay for their medical services at the time of consultation, and then claim their rebate from their insurer.

CONSULT TYPES*Medicare Bulk - Billing rates
Level A$17.50
Level B$38.20
Level C$73.95
Level D$108.85

It is essential that all Australian students have a Medicare number. UC students are bulk-billed for medical consultations. Australian students not dependent on their parents and earning low incomes may be eligible for a Health Care Card. This card also entitles the holder to cheaper Government subsidised medicines. More information and application forms for Health Care Cards are available from Centrelink.

All international students are required to have Overseas Student Health Insurance - OSHC (for example, OSHC Worldcare, or OSHC Medibank Private). Proof of currency of insurance (membership card) must be presented at every visit to the Medical and Counselling Centre.

A range of medical and counselling services are available to UC students. For more information download our practice information sheet.


Disclaimer: The above information is for information purposes only, and is not designed to replace medical or counselling services. If you need further assistance or information, please contact the University Medical and Counselling Service on (02) 6201 2351.

Vaccination is a highly effective population health intervention. The Australian Government provides funded vaccines against 17 diseases to eligible people through the National Immunisation Program. Follow the link below, to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website, to find out more information about these diseases.

Vaccine preventable diseases

Vaccinations for:

  • Students
  • Children
  • Travel

Immunisations for Faculty of Health Students

All students, including those enrolled in the courses mentioned below, need to see a Doctor at the University of Canberra Medical & Counselling Centre, to have their immunisation records completed.

  • Diagnostic Pathology/Medical Science,
  • Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation,
  • Health Sciences,
  • Medical Imaging,
  • Midwifery, Nursing,
  • Nutrition and Dietetics,
  • Occupational Therapy,
  • Pharmacy, and
  • Physiotherapy.

Health workers are exposed to infectious diseases as part of their work their routine vaccinations need to be up to date and they MUST be vaccinated for Hepatitis B and have serological proof that the immunisation has taken. Students enrolled in the Faculty of Health are required to provide documentary proof (including date, batch number and signature of immunisation provider), and serology (where appropriate) that they have been vaccinated for the following diseases:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (within the last 10 years),
  • Hepatitis B (3 doses or 2 age appropriate doses) with proof of positive Hepatitis B antibodies indicating protection post vaccination,
  • MMR - Measles, Mumps and Rubella. (Serology result or documented evidence of having had 2 doses of MMR - including dates and batch numbers),
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) - Serological evidence or documented evidence of having 2 doses including dates and batch numbers,
  • and, we also strongly advise the Influenza vaccination (when it becomes available during Autumn).

This information will need to be recorded on the NSW  immunisation form outlining mandatory vaccinations.

General Precautions

Before having any vaccination, refer to prescribing information, particularly to contra-indications and warnings, and for further details you should see the University Medical Centre.

Before having any immunisations, tell the doctor if you

  • are pregnant or may become so
  • are allergic to anything
  • have an immune problem (eg. if you are taking steroids or cancer drugs, have leukemia or HIV/AIDS)
  • have had any serious illnesses or operations.

Routine Childhood Immunisation Schedule

Current routine childhood immunisation schedule includes:

  • four doses of Diphtheria/Tetanus/Whooping cough and Polio vaccine;
  • a Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis booster at age 15;
  • a MMR immunisation at 12 months and 4 years;
  • a Hepatitis B immunizations at birth and 2, 4 and 6 months;
  • Pneumococcus at 2, 4 and 6 months;
  • Haemophilus Influenzae and 2, 4, and 6 months;
  • Varicella at 18 months;
  • Meningitis (C strain) at 12 months; and
  • Rotavirus at 2 and 4 months of age.

See the latest Fact Sheet for Parents

Travelling overseas - what vaccinations are necessary?

If you are planning to travel, start thinking about recommended immunisations aimed at disease prevention specific to the areas you are intending to visit. Some schedules require a course of vaccinations over a period of weeks to months, so it is important to seek advice early, and not leave it to the the day before departure to organise your immunisations.

UC students and staff can make an appointment at the University Medical Centre for travel vaccinations. Vaccinations for travel are available from the University Medical Centre at very competitive rates for all UC students.

Smartraveller and Travel Doctor are some of the good fact-based websites with plenty of information regarding vaccines and general travel health and safety.

Whilst websites can be very useful, it is still essential to seek advice from either the University Medical Centre, your usual GP, or a travel medicine clinic so that you have the most up-to-date information on how to keep healthly while travelling abroad.

Vaccinations are not the only way to protect yourself from disease - careful attention also needs to be paid to the selection of food and drinks - "WASH IT, PEEL IT, OR COOK IT" is a useful rule of thumb.

When travelling to areas with Malaria and other mosquito borne diseases, you need to take precautions to protect yourself from being bitten. Such measures include selection of clothing (type and colour), to be worn and when (day or night), use of mosquito repellents and barriers (eg. nets) and avoidance of perfumes/aftershaves etc.


Disclaimer: The above information is for information purposes only, and is not designed to replace medical or counselling services. If you need further assistance or information, please contact the University Medical and Counselling Service on (02) 6201 2351.

Counsellors and medical staff are available for education sessions on health and wellbeing and mental health in residences.

Each year the centre offers influenza vaccination to students on Ressies in March or April in preparation for the winter.

See our counselling section for more information.


Disclaimer: The above information is for information purposes only, and is not designed to replace medical or counselling services. If you need further assistance or information, please contact the University Medical and Counselling Service on (02) 6201 2351.