Studying abroad in Australia offers much more than academic qualifications; it is a once-in-lifetime adventure that will change your perspective on life. You will make new friends, experience another culture and have unforgettable travel experiences.
Getting injured or becoming sick while studying abroad can really put a damper on your experience and affect your studies. It is important to make sure that you take steps to safeguard your health and avoid illness as much as possible.
Before You Leave
Before you embark on your travels to Australia, here are some steps that you should take to prepare:
Check with your doctor to make sure that you are up to date with all of your vaccinations, such as measles, hepatitis A and B and meningitis.
Have a check up with your doctor at around four to six weeks before you leave to make sure that you have all of the medications and information that you need to stay healthy. Let him or her know that you will be studying abroad in Australia and ask them any questions you might have.
When you are arranging housing in Australia, consider and communicate any health requirements that you might have including allergies, dietary requirements, disabilities or special needs. It is better to insure in advance that you will be able to take care of these health needs in your new accommodation.
Make sure that you have enough prescription medication with you to last for at least the first few months of your time in Australia until you find a way to get access to this medication there.
While You Are in Australia
When you arrive Down Under and begin your studies, here are some important health tips to keep in mind:
Use insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites. These annoying blood suckers can be dangerous in Australia as they will carry diseases such as Ross River virus and Murray Valley encephalitis. Wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants will help to protect your skin from insect bites.
Avoid touching or feeding any wild animals and make sure that you are up to date with your tetanus vaccinations. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound and head to a doctor right away.
International Student Health Insurance
International students studying in Australia absolutely need health insurance. In order to qualify for the Australia Student Visa you are required to have health insurance when you arrive in Australia and you will be asked to provide a receipt or other proof of this insurance.
Insurance can be very valuable as it will cover you in the event that you injure yourself or become ill and require extensive medical care. Make sure that your health insurance is arranged before applying for your student visa.