We can help you with acute health issues as well as providing preventative health care.
Travel health, safety and immunisation
Doctors at the UoM Health Service consult many patients travelling to all parts of the world about their travel health care needs. These include travel vaccinations; first aid kits, malarial prophylaxis and travel safety.
We sell an extensive range of travel products including medication travel packs, mosquito nets and malarial prophylaxis. Many vaccines are available on site for a very reasonable price including Yellow Fever as we are a registered Yellow Fever vaccinating centre.
Remember that immunisation may take up to six weeks to complete, so consult your doctor as early as possible.
A variety of supplies are available for purchase at the UoM health service including first aid kits, emergency trauma kits, water purifying solution, insect repellent containing DEET, mosquito nets and malarial prophylactic medication. We also supply a small range of medications to assist with diarrhoea and vomiting whilst travelling.
First aid kits and emergency trauma kits
The UoM health service has a range of first aid kits for purchase that include saline, sterile dressings, bandages, slings, tweezers, gloves and eye patches. It is important to be prepared in case you or the people you are travelling with become injured. This is particularly important if you are travelling through remote areas where medical services are not available.
Emergency trauma kits are also available for purchase at the UoM health service. These kits include needles, syringes and cannulas. We recommend taking an emergency trauma kit if the countries your are travelling to do not have the same level of medical care as we have in Australia. Some countries that are popular for travel do not have the same sanitation requirements as we do in Australia and the administration of a needle or being cannulated may also mean contracting diseases such as Hep B or HIV.
For further information please make an appointment to see one of our doctors.
Malaria is prevalent within areas of many countries where university students travel. At the UoM health service Malarial prophylactic medications such as Doxycycline, Malarone and Larium are available for purchase. A consultation with a doctor is required before purchasing any Malarial Prophylactic medications.
We also recommend if travelling to malaria areas that you use an insect repellent containing DEET and consider taking a mosquito net if sleeping in un-airconditioned environments. Both of these products can be purchased at the UoM health service.
To find out whether you are travelling to a Malarial area, please make an appointment for consultation with a doctor.
The UoM Health Service has a range of medications available for purchase including Stemetil for nausea, Immodium for diarrhoea, Hydrolyte for dehydration, Buscopan for stomach cramps, Noroxin a broad spectrum antibiotic and Simplotan an anti-giardia tablet. A consultation with a doctor is required before purchasing any travel medications. Please call the UoM health service to make an appointment.
Sexual health and contraception
General practitioners at UoM Health Service are both knowledgeable and experienced in providing advice and treatment to students relating to their sexual health. Our doctors can provide information and advice regarding contraception, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and any general sexual health issues for all genders and sexual orientations.
To speak with a general practitioner, make an appointment or contact us.
Medical Terminations Of Pregnancy (MTOP) can be provided by Dr Rolf Tsui who is also an HIVS100 prescriber.
PrEP can now be prescribed by all GPs, however, Dr Liam Egan and Dr Jim Giannopoulos have a special interest in men’s health.
PEP is available at the Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic.
General practitioners at The UoM Health Service can provide advice regarding contraception options, and guidance in deciding the best option for each patient. The various forms of contraception that our doctors can provide information about include condoms, the contraceptive pill, Nuvaring, an intrauterine device or Implanon. Implanon and intrauterine devices can also be inserted by general practitioners onsite. For further information regarding contraceptive options, please make an appointment with one of our general practitioners. You can also refer to the websites below for more information.
Sexually transmitted infections
Doctors at the UoM Health Service are both knowledgeable and experienced in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).
The University of Melbourne Health Service recommends that you make an appointment to see a doctor for a sexual health check if:
- You have had unprotected sexual intercourse with one or more partners
- Your partner has had unprotected sex with a person other than you
- You experience any symptoms including
- Pain when passing urine
- Itching or irritation in the genital area
- Pain during sex
- Blisters in the genital area
- Unusual discharge from your penis or vagina
General practitioners at the Health Service can provide students with care related to their women’s health needs such as pap smears, breast examinations and gynaecological concerns.
Cervical Screening Test
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Routine cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer.
The Cervical Screening Test has replaced the Pap test in Australia and is now routinely done every five years from the age of 25 years. The test is a simple procedure to check the health of your cervix. It feels the same as the Pap test, but tests for the human papillomavirus (known as HPV). For most women aged 25 to 74, your first Cervical Screening Test is due two years after your last Pap test. After that, you will only need to have the test every five years if your result is normal.
The Cervical Screening Test is more effective than the Pap test at preventing cervical cancers, because it detects the human papillomavirus (known as HPV), whereas the Pap test looked for cell changes in the cervix. HPV is a common infection that can cause cervical cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer.
Cervical Cancer Vaccine
The cervical cancer vaccine (Gardasil 9) is available at the UoM Health Service. Gardasil 9 provides immunisation against 9 strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and has the potential to prevent approximately 90 percent of cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers.
Doctors at the UoM health service can provide information related to many health concerns such as mental health, sexual health, prostate checks, cardiovascular assessments or any other issues concerning your health.
The General Practitioners (GP) at the University of Melbourne Health Service are trained in the diagnosis and management of mental health. They can provide ongoing mental health support and develop Mental Health Care Plans.
When appropriate, General Practitioners (GPs) may provide referrals either to short-term Counselling and Psychology Services (CAPS) at the University, or specialised carers such as in house or external psychologic or psychiatric services.
Mental health costs and insurance
The cost of visiting a mental health care provider can be partially covered through either Medicare or your Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC) insurer if a GP provides a referral. This means an out-of-pocket cost may apply.
OSHC polices can have different waiting periods to cover various treatments. International students with BUPA or Allianz OSHC insurance do not having a waiting period for mental health care cost rebates, however those with other OSHC insurers will need to check the policy to see if a waiting period applies.
The Health Service has arrangements with some local psychological services to provide low cost, ongoing care to both domestic and international students (by way of referral).
Children of students or staff can attend to receive their childhood vaccinations. The vaccines are available on site and all of our nurses are trained vaccination providers. When attending an appointment for childhood vaccination, please bring previous records of the child’s vaccination history.
The Health Service provides a variety of health checks, including:
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- Skin cancer
- 45-49 year old checks
Other health services
See the Student services directory for information about other health services at the University of Melbourne, including dental, counselling and eyecare.