Australia has one of the world's best health systems. Modern, well-equipped hospitals, medical centres and doctors' offices are located in Sydney and throughout NSW.
The NSW climate lends itself to a healthy, active lifestyle, with opportunities for various outdoor activities including hiking, surfing, running, tennis and other individual and team sports.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is health insurance that is compulsory for international students applying for a student visa for studying in Australia. OSHC must be arranged to cover you from your arrival in Australia until you leave. The insurance covers you for certain medical costs if you need to visit a doctor or go to hospital.
You should check the OSHC policy carefully, including the details of what is covered. Extra cover is available for an additional fee.
Serious medical problems should be treated before you come to Australia, because standard OSHC generally does not cover pre-existing medical conditions.
DE International can arrange standard OSHC cover for you with our preferred OSHC insurer, Medibank Private. Payment for the full duration of cover must be paid upfront, as part of the student visa application process. We invoice you for the total OSHC fee with your first invoice for tuition fees.
Health cover cards will be posted to your Australian postal address directly from Medibank Private. This process may take a few weeks. If you need medical attention before you receive your health cover card, you should pay for the service and keep all receipts. You can then claim a refund from Medibank Private when issued with your card.
Australia is a peaceful country with a moderate climate and low levels of crime but it is important to avoid dangerous situations and to keep yourself safe. The tips and guidelines below will help you to remain safe and healthy.
Here are some helpful tips for keeping yourself safe:
There are a few basic safety guidelines to follow whenever you're using Sydney's public transport system to help make your trip as safe as possible:
The sun can be very strong in Australia and it is easy for your skin to burn. The following guidelines will help you to protect yourself from skin damage and skin cancer:
Going to the beach is a popular summer activity in Australia. It is vital to keep safe in the water as the ocean currents can be strong and unpredictable. These tips will help keep you safe at the beach:
More information on beach safety is available from the Australian Surf Life Saving website.
In Australia cars drive on the left hand side of the road, which may be different from your country, so it is important to pay attention to the direction that traffic is flowing and the following road safety rules:
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