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Health and medical services

Emergency assistance

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 health is impacting your studies

Ask your health care professional for a Professional Practitioner Certificate. This is the University’s preferred form of medical certificate. You can use a Professional Practitioner Certificate to request special consideration.

General medical health services

The University provides free or low-cost health and medical services to all students through the University Health Service.

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.

Find a general practitioner, medical centre or specialist

Local students:

Find a bulk billing doctor on Health Direct.
Find a bulk billing doctor on Health Engine.

  • Both of these search tools can filter your search by location, specialist service, etc.

International students:

Find a doctor who offers the full Allianz rebate for international students.

This search tool can also be used to find:

  • medical services by postcode across Australia
  • multilingual health services
  • male or female doctors
  • psychological and other specialist services.

Counselling services

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.

Beyond Blue
Support for people dealing with depression and anxiety.
Web chat: daily, 24 hours
1300 224 636 (daily, 24 hours).

Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
Web chat: daily 3pm – midnight
1800 184 527 (3pm – midnight).

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.
Online counselling: daily, 24 hours.
1800 385 578

1800 Respect
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 12–24 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.

Sexual health services

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 Service
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

Find other sexual health services in New South Wales.

Dental services

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
Located in Surry Hills, 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

Campus Dental
A private practice in the Wentworth Building on Darlington Campus. Payment is required on consultation, though a 10% discount is given to USU Rewards members.
02 9692 8900

International students

If you need help in a language other than English

Translating and Interpreter Service (TIS)
Free and immediate telephone interpreting service for health and medical assistance.
13 14 50

Medical insurance

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.

Emergency treatment

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.

Non-emergency treatment

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.

Psychologists and counsellors

You can use the Allianz ‘Find a Doctor’ search tool to find psychologists who offer the maximum rebate from Allianz.

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Last updated February 2022
Amended December 2022.

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We pay respect to Elders, both past and present, and extend that respect to all First Nations Peoples.

We acknowledge that the land upon which we meet is stolen land, and that sovereignty was never ceded.

This is, was and always will be Aboriginal land.