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Health and Medical Facilities at UNSW

Studying in Australia may be challenging for some of our overseas students as so many things are different from your home. You have access to health and welfare support to ensure the time spent studying with us is safe, happy and productive.

General Healthcare

If you need medical help but it’s not an emergency, you should consult a general practitioner (GP). The GP diagnoses your condition and recommends treatment. If necessary, the GP will refer you to a specialist or a hospital. You cannot go to a specialist without first going to a GP.

As an international student, you need to pay the scheduled fee at the end of your consultation using cash or credit card. You can claim some money back through Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). The University Health Service on campus provides free medical services for international students.

Emergencies

If you have been in an accident and/or you need emergency help, you should go directly to the emergency section of a hospital. The doctors and nurses in the emergency section will assess the urgency of your condition and arrange for you to receive medical care.

The emergency number in Australia is 000.

Hospital

The Prince of Wales Hospital is the closest hospital to the university, to the east of upper campus.



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Seeing a Doctor

The University Health Service is a general medical practice located on the ground floor of the Quadrangle. It provides general medical treatment, psychiatric services and dental facilities to students, staff, dependants and visitors. Please call the number below to make a booking.

The practice has male and female doctors, a part-time psychiatrist and a part-time orthopedic surgeon who see patients on referral. Students are referred for specialist, hospital or community care as necessary.

Location: Ground Floor, East Quadrangle Building, Kensington Campus
T: 9385 5425 for an appointment
E:unihealth@unsw.edu.au
The practice is open at the following times:
During term: 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 5:00pm Friday
During vacations: 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday

Seeing a Dentist

The University Health Service also has a private dental practice.

Location: Ground Floor, East Quadrangle Building, Kensington Campus
T: 9313 6228 for an appointment
E:unihealth@unsw.edu.au
The practice is open at the following times:
During term: 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 5:00pm Friday
During vacations: 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday

Seeing a Physiotherapist at the sports injuries centre

Kensington Physiotherapy is a private sports injury clinic and provides help with a wide range of sports injuries, chronic spinal pain, and back and neck pain. You don’t need a doctor’s referral to attend, but you should make an appointment.

Location: Second floor of UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre (Cnr Anzac Parade and High Street. Lift access is available.)
Telephone: 9385 6482
Email: physio@unsw.edu.au
The clinic is open at the following times:
Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am to 1:00pm

Optical Services

The UNSW School of Optometry offers a range of services, including:
  • general eye examinations
  • colour vision assessment
  • orthoptics
  • contact lens fittings

Visit www.optom.unsw.edu.au for more details.

Chemists

The chemist store is located in the Quadrangle building on lower campus. It sells a range of prescription and non-prescription medicines and other healthcare products.