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Brisbane is generally a safe place to live and study, but it's important to look after yourself.

Make sure you attend our compulsory health and safety sessions when you arrive. These include:

They provide key information about safety, the Australian healthcare system, and your overseas student health cover (OSHC).

UQ Health Care

If you need to see a doctor or nurse while on campus, you can visit UQ Health Centre, an accredited general practice providing comprehensive and confidential health services for UQ students.

Services include general medicine and specialist referrals, sexual health and contraception advice, pathology collection, counselling, minor surgery, travel advice and vaccinations.

UQ Health Care also 'bulk bills', meaning that if you're covered under Medicare Australia or Allianz Global Assistance, UQ's preferred provider, you only pay for immunisations and medications prescribed. 

If you have other OSHC insurance you will need to pay for your consultation at the time of service and claim a refund from your OSHC insurer.

There is also a dental clinic at UQ St Lucia that offers student discounts.

Visiting an Australian hospital

If you need to be admitted as an inpatient to a hospital for treatment, it is important you speak with your OSHC provider as early as possible.

Public hospital outpatient departments, including emergency departments, will admit you with some up-front charges; however, these are typically fully refundable through your OSHC provider.

Private hospitals can charge an up-front fee before they admit or treat you. As a rule, private hospitals will charge more for their services and may not be covered under OSHC.

Find more information, including a list of providers, on the PrivateHealth.gov.au website.

If you have any questions about health and safety services, email our International Support Advisers at internationalstudentss@uq.edu.au.

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