In a medical emergency, phone 000 (from a mobile phone you can dial 000 or 112). You can also download the Emergency+ app that can provide GPS location data to emergency services when you contact them through the app.
Anyone in Australia can visit the emergency department at a public hospital if you have a medical emergency, any time, day or night. Do not go to hospital unless you have a genuine emergency. If you go to hospital instead of a regular doctor and the hospital assesses that you did not have a medical emergency, you will be charged around $400 – $500.
The University provides free or low-cost health and medical services to all students through the University Health Service (UHS).
University Health Service
02 9351 3484
Local students with Medicare cards and international students who have Allianz Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) do not have to pay for consultations. Some additional costs do apply for vaccines, equipment, or cancellation fees.
International students who do not use Allianz OSHC will need to pay at the time of consultation and then claim a refund from their insurer.
The following external medical services offer bulk billing for local students and the maximum Allianz rebate ($37.05) for international students.
Myhealth Medical Centre Broadway
02 8866 3111
02 8399 5320
Ashfield Multicare Medical Centre
Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi and Bengali-speaking doctors available.
02 9798 6999
Lidcombe Family Medical Centre
Bengali, Hindi, Farsi and Tamil-speaking doctors available.
02 8022 8442
Myhealth Medical Centre Chatswood
Mandarin, Shanghainese, Urdu and Hindi-speaking doctors available.
02 9411 4899
Parramatta Medical Centre
Mandarin, Malayalam, Urdu and Hindi speaking doctors available.
02 9762 1041.
The University’s Student Counselling Service provides free and confidential individual counselling to University of Sydney students. Counsellors can assist students with problems such as exam stress, anxiety, and family issues. The Student Counselling Service also offers many free workshops and online resources.
Student Counselling Service
02 8627 8433
Sydney University Psychology Clinic
Provides low-cost treatment and assessments by trainee clinical psychologists under the supervision of experienced clinical psychologists and clinical neuropsychologists.
The cost per session is $10 for full-time students and unemployed people. Psychometric assessments cost $150 for all full-time students and unemployed people.
02 9114 4343
ACON Pride Counselling Services
Pride Counselling clinicians are fully qualified and registered psychologists and mental health social workers. The team is very experienced working with sexuality and gender diverse communities.
24-hour crisis support line with counsellors trained to assist people experiencing a mental health crisis, including suicidal thoughts.
13 11 14
Full Stop (formerly NSW Rape Crisis Centre)
24-hour telephone counselling service for people who are survivors of, or at risk of, rape, sexual assault or family violence.
1800 424 017
Open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.
1800 737 732
Located in Redfern, Youthblock provides free and confidential assistance to people aged 12–25 years. Staff can give advice on physical and sexual health, mental health, relationships, and drug and alcohol issues.
02 9562 5640
Sydney Women’s Counselling Centre
Located in Campsie with Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking counsellors available.
02 9718 1955
Women’s health centres
Provide services focusing on women’s health issues, such as pregnancy counselling, cervical screening and breast checks. They also offer alternative therapies, support groups, counselling services, and advice for women experiencing domestic violence. Some services are fee-based.
Offers sexual health screenings for gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people who identify as men and other men who have sex with men. Bookings can be made online.
RPA Sexual Health Centre
Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as counselling and education regarding safe sex practices.
NSW Sexual Health Infolink
Free and confidential advice and support from sexual health nurses, doctors and counsellors.
1800 451 624
If you’re not covered by private health insurance, visiting a dentist can be expensive. The following are some more affordable options for a dental check-up, or dental emergency.
Pacific Smiles Dental
The Sydney Dental School has a teaching clinic at Pacific Smiles Dental, Parramatta. A check-up and clean is charged at a reduced price of $89.
13 13 17
Sydney Dental Hospital
Provides free dental care to eligible adults and free dental care for children. The Dental Hospital also provides emergency dental treatment, such as for pain and trauma. However, there can be extensive wait times. 02 9293 3333
Translating and Interpreter Service (TIS)
Free and immediate telephone interpreting service for health and medical assistance.
13 14 50
You may need to present your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) card when seeking assistance. Sydney University prefers Allianz OSHC, and this is a good choice for psychological counselling cover. However, it is your responsibility to make sure you understand the services covered by your insurer.
You can receive treatment in the emergency department of a public hospital. If you have been injured as a result of a criminal act against you (such as sexual assault, accident or fire) you should not be charged fees. If you attend an emergency department for other reasons, you could be charged a fee. Contact your OSHC provider to find out if you can claim a rebate.
Seek treatment at a general practice or medical centre for anything that is not an emergency. International students will need to pay a consultation fee and then claim a rebate from their OSHC provider.
The following practices offer the maximum rebate paid by Allianz for psychological counselling. When you make an appointment, tell them you are an international student and need to see a clinical psychologist, to get the maximum rebate from Allianz.
You must see a general practitioner (such as University Health Service) and ask for a referral to Uplift for counselling.