Overseas Student Health Cover 

Australia has a special system of health insurance cover for international students called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). You must have health cover for the length of your enrolment as part of your student visa requirements.

How do I arrange my OSHC? 

Your educational institution will arrange health cover for you, and will most likely have an agreement with a specific OSHC provider. However, you do not have to stay with this provider (see list below).

What does my OSHC cover? 

While you are studying in Perth, your OSHC will help to pay for any medical or hospital care you may require. It will also contribute towards the cost of most prescription medicines and an ambulance in an emergency.

Importantly, OSHC does not cover dental, optical or physiotherapy. If you want to be covered for these benefits, you will need to pay for additional private health insurance.

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Overseas student health cover providers

ahm is one of Australia’s largest health insurers providing affordable health insurance for overseas students studying in Australia.

ahm OSHC also provides services to help students settle into Australian school life. These include orientations, interpreter service, emergency medical assistance, stress and trauma counselling, direct billing and more. ahm OSHC also offers Extras cover if required.

Allianz Global Assistance OSHC Visit the website for local information relating to direct billing doctor locations and on campus representative information. Watch an information presentation to better understand the benefits and use of OSHC with Allianz Global Assistance or refer to the simple guide and frequently asked questions.

Alternatively contact 13 OSHC (13 6742) and speak to one of our member service representatives.

Bupa Australia looks after the health care needs of around three million Australians. It is part of the Bupa Group, one of the largest private providers of health care services in the world, with over 10 million customers in almost 200 countries.

We are the only Global OSHC provider. Therefore, we understand where you are coming from.

Medibank Private is one of Australia’s largest private health insurers offering students additional services as part of their OSHC including:

  •  Face to face service at about 100 Medibank stores across Australia
  •  24/7 emergency assistance (call 1800 234 601)
  •  Access to discounts on things like movie tickets and magazine subscriptions through feelbetter Rewards

Western Australia’s universities have a health centre on campus, and all colleges and schools have a first aid officer. You will also have access to their counsellor should you need help with mental health issues.

Medical centres are located throughout Perth and are staffed by fully-certified doctors. Bring your medical records and prescriptions with a letter from your doctor if you need to take medication. You should also bring English translations of these documents.