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Campus health and medical

Students Health Help Line now available: 02 4239 2300

The Campus Clinic, an independently operated bulk-billing general practice on Wollongong Campus of UOW since 2016, will close during August 2021. 

The University believes all students and staff should have access to affordable and reliable health services and is addressing the closure of the Campus Clinic and our campus’ future healthcare needs as quickly as possible.  

A UOW taskforce has been established to find immediate solutions for impacted patients of Campus Clinic while also exploring new models of health care to supports the physical and mental health needs of the Wollongong Campus community. 
 
The University is engaging with providers of similar services at other NSW universities and industry experts to explore new models of medical services.  
 
UOW will also engage in genuine and broad consultation with students, staff, and the wider University community as we pursue a new health service solution for the Wollongong Campus. 

Please return to this site regularly over the coming weeks for more information about the work of the Taskforce and the community consultation plan. 
 
The University thanks the Campus Clinic for the professionalism and compassion displayed while serving our Wollongong Campus community, especially over the last 18 months during the pandemic. Their services have been valued and appreciated by students, staff and the broader community and we wish them every success for the future.  

Latest update as at 26 August 2021

Students' Health Help Line operational

A new health help line for UOW students is now operational on 02 4239 2300.

Established in partnership with a local medical practice, the UOW Students’ Health Help Line will operate during normal business hours, with calls answered by a nurse who can provide information, advice and referrals to help students access appropriate care.

Outside of normal operating hours, the line will provide recorded referral information.

We want to hear from you!

In addition to organising interim support for students and former patients of the Campus Clinic, the University is examining models and scope for new campus medical services. UOW wants to hear what kind of service is needed to appropriately respond to the current and future needs of students, staff and the wider Wollongong Campus community.

This taskforce will be consulting with students and key internal and external stakeholders regarding the future of general practice services for the UOW community over the coming weeks. If you are a student, staff member or local community member we want to hear from you!

Please send your thoughts and suggestions to the taskforce via campus-healthservices@uow.edu.au 

 

Campus Clinic Closure FAQ’s

Although the Campus Clinic announced in early July its intention to close permanently on Friday 30 July, 2021, the clinic has now advised its closure has been delayed for operational reasons. The Campus Clinic has now indicated that it will continue operating into the early weeks of August.

A final closure date will be advised as soon as possible, but it is expected to be mid-August.

Following the Campus Clinic’s closure, Dr Bowler and Dr Leslie and most of their staff will be working at their new clinic called Seacliff Healthcare, located at Railway Parade, Thirroul, which is expected to open by late August or early September 2021.

Dr Bulcraig will be working at Shellharbour City General Practice.

Dr Lade is continuing her specialist training in Sexual Health Medicine at Port Kembla Hospital and will no longer be working in General Practice.

Your Campus Clinic medical file will be retained at Seacliff Healthcare in Thirroul and a copy can be accessed by you by lodging a request. You may request a copy from Campus Clinic until they close. Once Campus Clinic has closed, you may request a copy from Seacliff Healthcare.

 

The Campus Clinic has confirmed that they will continue to monitor and manage any outstanding pathology or other investigations during the practice’s transition to its new location.  If you have a question regarding an outstanding pathology test, medical imaging or other matter, please contact Campus Clinic. 

Campus Clinic patients can request an appointment at the new practice once established in Thirroul, but the clinic has advised that patients may have limited access to bulk billed services in the new practice.

The clinic may continue to have some capacity for telehealth services for existing patients until it closes or once it establishes in its new location, but the University understands this will be limited.

For information regarding COVID-19 vaccination, please see the COVID-19 Vaccination Website maintained by the Australian government.

TeamMed Medical and Dental Centre in Wollongong CBD is currently offering COVID-19 Vaccination clinics

The Campus Pharmacy has advised that it is preparing to offer COVID-19 vaccinations from mid-August. For more information, please contact the Campus Pharmacy on (02) 4288 1888.

UOW is working on establishing an information and referral service to help students to access health information and appropriate care. Further information about this new service will be provided in the coming weeks.

Bulk billed medical services are available in several locations close to the Wollongong and Innovation Campuses that can be easily accessed via public transport:

Keiraville Surgery, 191 Gipps Road, Keiraville T: (02) 4229 8320 

TeamMed Medical and Dental Centre in the Wollongong CBD T: (02) 4225 7791

FMP at 419 Crown Street, Wollongong T: (02) 4258 8777

Wollongong Medical Centre at 239-241 Crown Street, Wollongong T: (02) 4254 2600

For more medical practices in the vicinity of the Wollongong Campus, please see below map (Please note this map includes all medical services, not only bulk billed services.)

Yes, the UOW dentist is staying in its current place. Please make bookings online through the Campus Dental booking system

Separately to the closure of the Campus Clinic, changes are being made to how counselling services are provided to students.

During this period of remote learning, all UOW Counselling Services will initially be provided over the phone. Counselling provides a confidential space where you can discuss concerns that may be impacting on your academic performance or mental health and wellbeing.

All UOW counselling services are free and available to domestic and international students.

The counselling offered at UOW is short-term, and generally lasts 1-6 appointments. If you require longer-term support, we may refer you to an external provider.

For more information visit our student support services page.

The Precinct has been designed to promote intergenerational living, life-long learning and improve health outcomes for people in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Sutherland Shire.

It will be a place for living, learning, working and growing in an environment that supports complete physical, social and mental health and wellbeing.

The Precinct will be Australia’s first Intergenerational university community. The project is still in the planning, design, consultation and preparation phase and is subject to government approvals.

The concept masterplan included in the development application for Phase 1 features health and wellbeing services including a primary community health centre facility that combines community health service delivery with a significant focus on teaching and research activities in health-related disciplines. It is also planned to include a range of community and support facilities including a wellness centre, café, community hub and childcare centre.

Further information about the services to be offered at the Innovation Campus Health and Wellbeing Precinct will become available as the detailed design and development work progresses and final approval obtained.