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University Health Service

Medical centre

Our University Health Service is located on level 3 of the Wentworth Building on the Darlington Campus and we service the students and staff of the University of Sydney. Please be advised that we are not open to the general public. You will be required to produce your student or staff ID upon presentation to the clinic.

The surgery is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm during the teaching year.

Here we offer experienced general practitioner and emergency medical care services, including:

  • treatment of illness, injury and other physical problems
  • routine health checks
  • travel health advice and vaccinations
  • women’s health
  • advice on contraception and sexually transmitted diseases, including HPV
  • referral for pathology testing
  • assistance with emotional and personal difficulties
  • sports medicine and referral to specialists
  • clinical psychologist
  • advice, screening and vaccination for students undertaking study or placements associated with health risks
  • advice and assistance for students with examination difficulties
  • special arrangement for students with disabilities
  • referral to X-ray services
  • diving medicals.

University Health Service provides vaccinations by appointment for:

COVID-19 vaccinations

The University Health Services has COVID-19 Pfizer bivalent vaccine appointments available for staff, students, and their spouses, aged over 18. Appointments are only available to Medicare card holders, and you will need to bring your staff or student card with you. Make a booking online. International students and others without a Medicare Card can be vaccinated for free at NSW Health and Government Vaccination Clinics.

International students, or anyone who does not have a Medicare number, are unable to access COVID-19 vaccinations through general practices and need to have them at Government or NSW Health Vaccination Centres. Vaccination is free and there is no need for international students to use their OSHC. Visit the eligiblity checker to find an appointment at a Vaccination Centre.

Vaccines are also available from some GPs, walk-in clinics and pharmacies - visit the NSW Health website for locations.

Booster vaccine

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends a 2023 COVID-19 vaccine booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

All adults can get a booster if it has been 6 months or more since your last COVID-19 vaccine or confirmed COVID-19 infection – whichever was most recent. Eligible students and staff will be able to access a COVID-19 vaccine booster (Pfizer-Bivalent) from the University Health Services. To be eligible for the vaccine you need to be:

  • 18 years and older
  • be a student or staff member at the University of Sydney
  • have a Medicare Card.

The new COVID-19 bivalent vaccines help protect against the original strain of COVID-19 and the Omicron variants. A booster provides very strong protection against serious illness from COVID-19.

If you are eligible, you can make an online booking.

The date you had your last COVID-19 vaccine is on your COVID-19 digital certificate, available through your myGov account or the Express Plus Medicare App. Healthcare providers who provide vaccinations, including pharmacists, can also check your immunisation history for you.

HPV vaccinations

HPV vaccinations are now available. You may book an appointment online or call the practice to make an appointment.

If you have commenced HPV vaccinations, you have 12 months from the date of the first vaccination to complete all three vaccinations.

Clinical lead
Dr Gerard Cudmore MBBS MBA Dip PH
gerard.cudmore@sydney.edu.au

Practice manager
Ms Nicki Plytarias
+61 2 9351 3484
nicki.plytarias@sydney.edu.au

Registered nurses

  • Ivy Chu
  • Shanny Wong

Doctors/Clinical contractors

  • Dr Gerard Cudmore MBBS MBA Dip PH
  • Dr Louise Dolan MSc.MBBS (Hons) MSc MPsycholMed
  • Dr Sharmila Jayaram MBBS (Syd) MMed (Syd) FRACGP
  • Dr Cindy Pan MBBS (Syd), FRACGP
  • Dr Susan Willis MB BS BSc MPHTM
  • Dr Tanya Nguyen MBBS
  • Dr Ludmila Ferreira De Freitas MBBS
  • Dr Andrew Crossman BMed MMed(Syd) MSc(LSHTM) FRACGP

Clinical psychologist

  • Talia Gonda BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Clin), MAPS

Reception

  • Nicolyn Swasbrook
  • Lucy Arida
  • Carolina Casas
  • Sofia Rudari
  • Alice Whitfeld

Making an appointment

You can call us on +61 2 9351 3484 to make an appointment, or book online.

Appointments are usually 10–15 minutes long. Please let us know if you require a longer appointment.

If you are in pain or distress, you can attend the clinic during opening hours without an appointment to be assessed by our nurses.  Medically urgent cases will be given priority.

Costs

Domestic students

  • If you have a Medicare card, for most consultations we will direct bill Medicare. Make sure you bring your valid Medicare card or number and University of Sydney student card.
  • If you're not enrolled in Medicare, you will need to pay the full fee for your consultation. Contact us for information about our consultation fees.

International students

We have direct billing arrangements for students covered by Bupa Overseas Student Health Cover commencing from 1 September 2024. You will be required to bring your valid Bupa OSHC card and photo ID.

We will continue direct billing students with Allianz OSHC cover. Please bring your valid Allianz OSHC card and photo ID.

If you have health cover from another provider, you will be required to pay at the time of consultation and be reimbursed by your provider.

Non student card holders

If you don't have a University of Sydney student card, school card, pension or other concession card you need to pay the full fee for your consultation at the time of your visit.

If you have a Medicare card, you will receive a rebate (Medicare fee) paid into your registered Medicare bank account. You will have a gap fee (out of pocket expense) of $20–$40 depending on consultation length, or up to $65 for a clinical psychologist consultation. You need to bring your valid Medicare card or number.

Additional costs

We require payment for vaccines (unless government funded), equipment and cancellation fees. Charges may apply if you require replacement or duplicate medical certificates, records and documents.

We accept payments by credit cards and EFTPOS.

Cancellations

On the day before your appointment, you will be sent an SMS reminder. Reply 'YES' to confirm or 'NO' to cancel. No-shows or late cancellations will incur a fee.

If you cannot attend your appointment, you need to cancel within the required notice period or a non-attendance fee will be applied.

The non-attendance fee is not claimable from Medicare or private health insurers. You will be required to pay this fee before you can be seen at the University Health Service.

Appointment type

Notice period

Medical practitioners

3 hours notice or a $40 fee

Clinical psychologist

24 hours notice or a $60 fee

Patient feedback

If you have any comments, suggestions or concerns regarding your experience of the University Health Service, please contact Dr Gerard Cudmore MBBS MBA Dip PH gerard.cudmore@sydney.edu.au

Complaints may also be directed to the Health Care Complaints Commission.

Other healthcare services

The following services are available on our Camperdown and Darlington campuses:

  • Counselling - professional and confidential psychological and mental health services are free and available through our Student Counselling Service.
  • Chiropractic - services for chiropractic, wellness and remedial massage based at the University of Sydney.
  • Physiotherapy - the Sports Clinic offers services including physiotherapy, sports medicine, podiatry, massage therapy, acupuncture, exercise physiology and dietetics.
  • Dentistry - Campus dental, based in the Wentworth building and providing an extensive range of dental services including preventive dentistry, teeth whitening and orthodontics.
  • Optometry - Chris MacMahon optometrist, offering professional advice and guidance in the choice of lenses and optical eyewear.

University Health Service

Phone
  • +61 2 9351 3484 (Wentworth)
Email
Fax
  • +61 2 9351 4110 (Wentworth)
Address
  • Butlin Ave, Level 3 Wentworth G01
Opening hours

8.30 am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday (except on public holidays).

Last face to face appointment is at 4.15 pm.

Last updated: 14 June 2024

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