Southern Cross University, Australia

Southern Cross University is a vibrant, contemporary Australian university with beautiful campuses at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour.

The University also operates The Hotel School Sydney in partnership with Mulpha Australia.

We welcome students from more than 80 countries throughout the world and offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in an inspiring and supportive learning environment. The University has a strong student focus and takes pride in the quality of its lecturers, many of whom are recognised as leaders in their fields.

Our degrees are offered across a broad range of disciplines, and are designed in consultation with industry. Many involve work placements and internships and other forms of hands-on learning to produce work-ready graduates. Research is undertaken in areas that are regionally relevant and globally significant, in disciplines as diverse as geo science, plant genetics, cetacean research, health and wellbeing and tourism.

Southern Cross University is committed to providing educational opportunities for our diverse student body, in particular those from rural and regional communities. We aim to deliver inspirational teaching, innovative research and high quality and dynamic learning experiences to equip our students to be tomorrow’s leaders, to live a life they value and be effective global citizens.

The Division advances teaching and learning at SCU through :

  • advocacy and support of staff and student learning
  • development and implementation of university-wide discussions, projects and strategies
  • Research and scholarship of key issues.

The Academic Skills Development team supports students’ development, self-management, learning and critical thinking skills as well as the development of academic literacy, numeracy and integrity.

We have an extended suite of strategies to support all coursework students. These strategies include online, resources, workshops, one-to-one consultations and Peer Assisted Student Sessions ( PASS ). We support internal and external students at all levels of coursework study and have staff based across three campuses at Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast.

Academic Skills staff also work closely and collaboratively with the University’s schools through designated key contacts. See our School Portfolios to find the contact for your school.

Services and Facilities at SCU Australia

Careers Advice

While planning your career may seem daunting, investing time and energy into thinking about where you want to be when you finish your studies will give you the best chance of success at achieving your desired position after graduation.

While a job is defined as a particular occupational position that is held at a given point in time, a career on the other hand can be considered as a sequence of jobs occupied over a period of time. These may or may not be related to each other.

Depending on our definition of work, our jobs and careers might include both paid and non-paid positions. Anyone who presently has a job or has had a number of jobs can be considered to have a career.

If there is one thing we can be certain of, a career is something which is prone to change particularly in the current economic climate. Therefore, it’s best to consider your career as something which is dynamic and ever growing and evolving, rather than static and unchangeable.

Services available to assist your career planning

  • Careers counselling
  • Careers information resource centre
  • Graduate recruitment
  • Course advice
  • Information to prospective students
  • Careers workshops
  • UniHub – careers resources and job vacancies
  • Returning to study advice

Medical Practice

The SCU Medical Practice operates for the convenience of students and staff and their immediate family. A full range of general practitioner and mental health services are provided on-campus during your study period. A Consultant Psychiatrist is also available for specialist services :

General Practitioner Services :

  • general and preventative medicine
  • family planning
  • immunisations and vaccinations
  • accidents and emergencies
  • pathology
  • prescriptions can be filled and delivered to the SCU Medical Practice by arrangement
  • specialist medical care and advice
  • treatment of acute or chronic psychiatric problems
  • health education and professional advice

Psychiatric Services :

The SCU Medical Practice bulk bills so you will need to bring your Medicare Card. International patients are covered by their private health fund. Dr Stevenson bulk bills staff and students so you will need to bring your Medicare Card and / or Health Care card. International patients are covered by their private health fund. There may be a charge over the Medicare rebate for immediate family.

Opening Hours

During Semester : Monday to Thursday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Fridays from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

During Semester Breaks : A reduced service operates over the semester break by appointment. Due to emergencies and complex consultations please do not book an appointment close to your lecture times as the medical practice cannot ensure the appointment time is met. If a longer consultation time is anticipated, please advise at the time of booking.

Emergencies : In an emergency call 000. You will be connected to the relevant service – police, ambulance etc.

Cost

Students who are eligible for a Medicare card will be BULK BILLED for the consultation. Make sure you bring your Medicare and / or Health Care card with you. Pathology ordered at the consultation for bulk billing purposes requires the signature of the patient on the pathology form.

Cancellations and Non-Attendance : Due to the high demand during teaching periods, the medical practice appreciates the courtesy of a telephone call if you are unable to keep an appointment. Other patients are disadvantaged when the practice is not notified of a cancellation.

International Students : Consultation fees for international students are refunded by private insurance. Make sure you bring your private health care card with you.

Fees are determined by the length and complexity of the consultation and is advised by the medical practitioner at the end of the consultation. Payment is required at the end of the consultation. The medical practice does not have EFTPOS facilities available and does not have cash held on the premises. Cash withdrawals are available from the ATM at Goodman Plaza.

Pathology ordered at the consultation will be a separate fee. Sullivan and Nicolaides Pathology Service will send an account to the patient for payment. When ordering pathology ensure the doctor writes on the pathology form that the patient is an Overseas Student and the pathology service will charge the rebate amount only.

Pathology Test Results

It is the responsibility of the patient to follow up in regard to any pathology results that have been ordered with the medical practitioner.

Pharmacy Service

Prescriptions : A doctor’s consultation is required to provide repeat prescriptions as ongoing evaluation of current medication is always necessary. The medical service can, by arrangement, have prescriptions filled and delivered to the Union shop. If there are repeats on the prescription, the repeat is held on the patient’s file. Holders of current Health Care Cards and Pension Care Cards may be eligible for the prescription to be under the NHS listing.

First aid room

Qualified First Aid staff are available on campus. Initial contact can be made via the reception desk at the Student Health and Support Service, Shop 1, Goodman Plaza.

Pap smears

Women should have a Pap smear every two years, usually from their late teens to about 70 years of age.

Privacy

All patient consultations and patient records are strictly confidential and we maintain record security.

Dental Services

If you hold a current pension or Health Care Card you can call the North Coast Area Health Service on 1300 651 625 to locate the nearest public dental clinic to Tweed, Lismore or Coffs Harbour.

If you are under 25 years of age and your parents have private health cover, you may be able to claim on a visit to a dentist of your choice. Please check the conditions of your parent’s insurance to find out if you are covered.

You can join private health insurance for very reasonable rates, as long it does not include the expensive private medical tables. Usually you will be able to claim for basic dental treatment ( e.g. fillings etc. ) after 2 months. Please check the conditions of your insurance to find out what treatments are covered.

If you are an international student you will already be insured with Medibank Private as part of your visa conditions. If you have elected to pay an additional fee for ancillary cover you can claim a certain percentage with this health insurer for dental treatment. Please check the conditions of your insurance to find out how much you can claim.

For emergencies make an appointment with the GP who can help you if you have an infection or are in pain.

For after-hours emergencies call :

  • Lismore Base Hospital – T : 02 6621 8000
  • Coffs Harbour Base Hospital – T : 02 6656 7000
  • Tweed Base Hospital – T : 07 5536 1133

Southern Cross University Accommodation

On-campus Accommodation

On-campus accommodation is available at Coffs Harbour and Lismore campuses and is managed by Campus Living Villages. For more information visit the SCU Village website.

UniStays Off-campus Accommodation

Southern Cross University operates an efficient off-campus accommodation service. The aim of this service is to assist you in finding the most suitable residential accommodation in town. This service is provided free of charge. Visit the UniStays off-campus accommodation listings.

Security

We place a high priority on your safety. If you are feeling uncomfortable about your safety please call Security Service. Help telephones have been placed strategically around each campus. Both inside and outside locations have been selected for quick and easy access.

Studying @ SCU

The SCU International Office provides an outstanding level of support to international students. Staff at each of our campuses are ready to assist you through the process of settling in and helping you make the most of your time at Southern Cross University.

  • Alumni
  • Academic Skills Development
  • Appeals process
  • Complaint process
  • Equity and Diversity support
  • Graduation
  • IT @ SCU
  • Library services
  • Policies and procedures
  • Re-enrolling

Study Abroad Consultancies in India

  • Global Reach Kolkata ( Head Office ),
    Unit 7W, The Millennium,
    235/2A AJC Bose Road,
    Adjacent to Hotel Hindusthan International,
    Kolkata – 700020, India.
    Telephone : (+91-33) 2283 5537, 3053 2020, 3053 2021, 4006 3166, 4006 3734
    Email : ravi@globalreachonline.com
  • Krishna Consultants
    Head Office,
    ‘Krishna’ Plot No. 10/2,
    I.T. Park, Opp. V.N.I.T,
    Behind Infotech Tower, Parsodi,
    Nagpur, Maharashtra – 440022.
    Telephone : 91-712-2222061/62
    Fax : 91-712-2222063
    Email : info@studies-overseas.com

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