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Health and safety services

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

Stay healthy, stay happy – it’s important to look after yourself while you’re studying. There are a range of health and safety services available to you on campus.

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

They provide key information about safety, the Australian healthcare system, and your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

If you're from a country that has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia, you may be able to apply for Medicare, which may cover some additional medical expenses. You still need to have OSHC.

UQ Health Care

If you need to see a doctor or nurse, UQ Health Care is available on campus. It’s 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
  • vaccinations.

UQ Health Care bulk bills eligible patients, meaning that you only pay for immunisations and medications prescribed.

Find out more about UQ Health Care or make an appointment

UQ Health Care also 'bulk bills', meaning that if you're covered under Medicare Australia or Allianz Global Assistance (UQ's preferred OSHC 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.

Find out more about UQ Health Care or make an appointment

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.

UQ Dental Clinic St Lucia

The dental clinic at UQ St Lucia offers discounts to UQ students. The practice offers a full range of treatments, including:

  • preventative care
  • hygiene and cleaning
  • restorative dentistry
  • crown and bridge procedures
  • surgical removal of wisdom teeth
  • placement of implants
  • teeth whitening.

Make sure you bring your student ID card with you to your appointment.

OSHC does not cover costs for dental care. 
 

Find out more about the UQ Dental Clinic

Safety on campus

Your personal safety is important to us, which is why we offer several services aimed at maintaining a safe campus. These include:

  • safety escorts
  • after-hours safety bus
  • preferred pedestrian paths
  • Safezone app
  • emergency call points and more.

Find out more about security and personal safety