StudyCo Covid-19 Update

April 1, 2020 Update:

Some information for student visa holders regarding relaxed work rights and visa extensions if required.

 

Department of Home Affairs Infformation: for Student visa holders in Australia.

 

 

Official Australian Government Whatsapp channel and Coronavirus app:

 

The Australian Government has released an official 'Coronavirus App' in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
 
There is also a WhatsApp channel to receive official Government updates.
 
Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC)
 
The Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC) is closely aligned to the Medicare system which is used by Australian citizens and residents. The coverage is in place for health concerns, including COVID-19.
 
In the event a student was to visit a Hospital's Emergency Department with a suspected (or subsequently confirmed) case of COVID-19, then coverage would likely be confirmed for this treatment as it was sought under an emergency situation, which is 100% of the Medical Benefits Scheme Fee.
 
Information for specific policies can be found on the insurers website:
Support Services
 
It’s a challenging time for everyone right now. Please reach out to support services if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, it is OK to seek help.
 
In addition to the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation on coping with stress during the 2019-nCov outbreak (PDF), there are some support services international students can access below which may help. 
 
Headspace - Whether you need information or someone to talk to, Headspace will provide you with free online support and counselling for 12 to 25 year olds. Visit https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/
 
Beyond Blue - Provides information on managing your mental health during this difficult time. Visit https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
 
Lifeline - Provides 24 hour crisis support for those experiencing a personal crisis in Australia. Visit https://www.lifeline.org.au/
 
 

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March Update

 

We are writing to provide a swift update on the current situation around Covid-19 in Australia and what it means for you as a StudyCo student for as long as the situation remains relevant.


As Covid-19 continues to have a major impact around the world and especially for the international student community, our thoughts and prayers remain with everyone who has been affected during this time. It is our duty of care to ensure that you are up to date during this rapidly evolving situation.

 

As of writing this article: 

 

  • A travel ban will be placed on all non-residents and non-Australian citizens coming to Australia, effective from 9pm on Friday, 20 March 2020
  • all Australian citizens and residents will be able to return and are required to self-isolate for 14 days
  • all Australian citizens are advised to not travel overseas at this time. This is the highest advice level (level 4 of 4).

 

For more information on Covid19 in Australia and how to protect yourself from the spread of the virus, visit these websites:


The World Health Organisation Website provides tips and basic protective measures against the new Covid-19 virus.

 

The Department of Home Affairs Website provides information regarding the latest travel restrictions in Australia in various languages.

 

Study in Australia provides helpful information for international students affected by the outbreak.

 

Australian Government Department of Health provides a collection of resources for the general public and industry about coronavirus.

 

We understand the panic and concern around the situation and would like to assure all our students that the StudyCo team globally is taking all the necessary precautions and measures in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all our staff and students during this unpredictably difficult time.

 

We strongly advise all students to strictly adhere to all relevant health authority advice in their respective regions to minimise the spread of the virus. As a precautionary measure, we have temporarily suspended all face-to-face consultations across all our StudyCo offices and will primarily focus on providing the best possible support over the phone and via email. If there is an urgent case, a face-to-face consultation may be exempt only upon making an appointment. Any office visits without prior appointment will be rejected.

 

As a result, the trading hours of some of our offices may have changed. Please refer to your local office for the updated trading hours. If there is a delay in the response time, please email us on study@studyco.com

 

We would like to reiterate that the StudyCo team is here to help through this difficult time. If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

 

Visit this link for a list of all the university updates: https://studyco.com/en/article/334-University-Updates-about-Covid-19

 
For more information, please visit the relevant links -