Information for international students

Find out about insurance, medication, referrals and receiving health care in Australia.

The University of Melbourne Health Service is authorised to provide the Comirnaty (Pfizer) and AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) COVID-19 vaccinations. Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment online or call 8344 6904 to speak with the Health Service administration team. Find out more about our COVID-19 services, including information on vaccination, our dedicated hotline, testing and travel documentation.

If you are a student currently based outside Australia, please see our advice for students outside Australia.

International students are welcome patients at the UoM Health Service. Doctors at the service can assist with any acute or chronic medical conditions you may experience. To see a doctor regarding any medical conditions, please make an appointment.

If our doctors believe you need more specialised treatment, they will provide you with a referral to a specialist.

Insurance

Maintaining private health insurance while in Australia is a visa condition for International students.

Bupa is the University of Melbourne’s preferred Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance provider for overseas students and visitors at the University of Melbourne. Having either Bupa or Allianz Global OSHC insurance membership allows direct billing through this service. If your OSHC membership card is not valid, you may be required to pay for the consultation.

For information about BUPA OSHC cover and COVID-19, please visit the BUPA website.

Find out more about Bupa OSHC at the University.

If you are not covered by Bupa or Allianz OSHC insurance, you will be charged a fee payable at the time of consultation. Most of this fee is rebated to you upon claiming with your insurer.

Find out more about OSHC in Australia.

Medication

In Australia, you are required to purchase medications from a pharmacy, also known as a chemist, when you receive a prescription from your doctor.