Your UNSW Health O-Week Check List

Published: 25 May 2022

Maintaining your health and wellbeing can improve your mood, concentration and energy. Bust most of all, it helps you stay on track with your studies. UNSW Health & Wellbeing are here to make sure that you don’t have to do it alone.

1) Register your Oversears Student Health Cover Card

Oversears Student Health Cover (OSHC) is your health insurance while you’re in Australia on a student visa and is needed before you apply for a Student Visa. You will need to activate your OSHC card (virtual or physical) to attend a doctor appointment or hospital within australia.
To activate your OSHC view this guide or visit the UNSW Health Services at O-Week or on campus throughout the year

2) Do you have your own Medicare Card?

Medicare is the scheme that gives Australian residents access to healthcare. It gives all Australians and some people from overseas a wide range of health and hospital services at no cost or low cost.
There are a bunch of advantages to getting your own Medicare card: You'll be able to get support for your own wellbeing – like going to a psychologist or getting a sexual health check-up – with less worry about who can see that you've had the appointment. You'll get a sense of independence by having a card of your own.
The government only issues up to three copies of the one card, so if there are four or more people in your family, getting your own card will be more convenient. A Medicare card can also count as ID evidence for all sorts of things, like applying for a passport
If you’re looking to get your own Medicare card, follow the link below.

Get your own Medicare Card

3) Sign up with a GP

If you move to a new city, country or just want a new General Practitioner you can sign up with the UNSW Health Serives to make sure you have a place to receive medical treatment when you need it.Make sure your doctor knows about any prescriptions you need and check that your current prescriptions are up to date.

Book an Appointment

4) Have a Health Check

Having a health check-up is a great way to introduce yourself to your new GP and also stay on top of your health while studying. As the saying goes prevention is always better than a cure so if you’re unsure just what you should be asking your GP about in your health check Medibank has this guide to help you

Book a Health Check

If you move to a new city, country or just want a new General Practitioner you can sign up with the UNSW Health Serives to make sure you have a place to receive medical treatment when you need it.Make sure your doctor knows about any prescriptions you need and check that your current prescriptions are up to date.

Book an Appointment

5) Book your COVID-19 Booster or Flu Vaccine

Staying up to date with your vaccines is a vital aspect of keeping yourself and our UNSW community safe. The Flu Vaccine and COVID-19 Booster is free for all current UNSW students and you can receive both at the same time.

Find Out More!

6) Follow UNSW Health on Social Media

Stay up to date with all of UNSW Health events, workshops and support services by following us on social media.

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7) Become a Health & Wellbeing Ambassador

Are you passionate about Health & Wellbeing?
If you're looking to make new friends, develop new skills and become part of a community of people dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of UNSW students then this is the program for you. Our UNSW Health & Wellbeing Ambassadors have the opportunity to develop skills in health literacy, marketing and communications, event management and end to end project management. There are also plenty of social events throughout the year for you to engage with and make new friends.

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