BALLARAT’S international students have a hotline for medical help. A 24-hour video and phone-based service tailored for overseas students is on trial in Victoria this year before a proposed national roll out.
Nearly a third of all international students in Australia choose to study in Victoria. Commonwealth Department of Education and Training this month revealed a record 175,000 international students chose to study in this state last year.
This includes a strong international population at Federation University Australia.
The Assistance Student Health Line aims to offer students a convenient way to see a qualified doctor anytime, without leaving their home or campus.
Health Line doctors can prescribe medical advice and prescriptions for a range of health concerns, including colds and flu, skin conditions and stomach bugs, and refer if required.
Appointments are covered by students’ Overseas Student Health Cover policy. ReadyCare and Allianz Global Assistance has partnered to offer the service, aiming to reduce the stress of being sick when far from home.
Health Line: 1800 854 344.