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Exam Stress Seminars October 2016

Monday, 12 September 2016 9:11am

An educative workshop focused on:

  • The nature of stress
  • Strategies for managing stress
  • Managing on the days of your exams

Where:  Student Health Services, 1st Floor Seminar Room

When:  Monday 3rd & Monday 10th October 2:30pm - 4:00pm           

Facilitator:  Jaimee Corbishley, Registered Clinical Psychologist

Cost:  $5

To register:  E-mail jaimee.corbishley@otago.ac.nz (Please state which workshop you wish to attend)

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Meningitis Information

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 9:36am

We are all shocked and saddened by the recent, student death to meningitis and are thinking of all of you directly affected by this loss.

Meningococcal disease can be difficult to distinguish from other forms of acute illness with fever, making it difficult to be absolute about danger signs and/or what to do.

If you are concerned or want to learn more about meningitis, please refer to the information below or the Ministry of Health website.

If you have an acute concern about yourself, a friend or flatmate, please ring Healthline 0800 611 116 or contact us here at Student Health 0800 479 821

Meningitis

Various strains of meningococcal bacteria cause a rare disease either by ‘blood poisoning’ (septicaemia) and/or ‘meningitis’ (infection of the membranes around the brain), both of which are potentially fatal.
Meningococci are transmitted by droplet aerosol or secretions from the nasopharynx of colonised persons. Close and prolonged contact- eg kissing, sneezing or coughing on someone, or living in close quarters, sharing eating/drinking utensils –facilitates the spread of the bacteria. The bacteria attach to and multiply on the mucosal cells of the nasopharynx. It is believed that 10%-20% of the population carries meningitis bacteria at any given time. In a small (less than 1%) of colonised persons the organism penetrates the mucosal cells and enters the bloodstream causing disease as above.

The Ministry of Health currently recommend vaccination against meningococcal C disease for young adults in hostel-type accommodation. The potential risk relates to the population density of living conditions in this type of accommodation; note this level of density may exist in some rented accommodation.

No vaccine is ever 100% guaranteed to protect against disease. It is important that people who have symptoms suggestive of meningococcal disease or are seriously ill access medical care as soon as possible. Friends and flatmates should be ready to look after each other and know how to access urgent health care

More information about meningoccal disease

Information on the meningococcal vaccination [PDF, 200KB]

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Good news for HPV protection

Friday, 29 July 2016 3:07pm

From 1 Jan 2017 HPV vaccination will be free for all NZ residents including males up to age 26 years.

There will be a new vaccine providing immunity for 9 strains of HPV

As soon as more information is available we will post this, in meantime go to:

http://www.immune.org.nz/news/changes-national-immunisation-schedule

For immunisation advice call: 0800 466 863

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Late cancellation charge - effective from 11 July 2016

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 4:52pm

What If I can’t attend or need to change an appointment?

If you can’t attend or need to change an appointment, please let us know as soon as possible.

You can cancel your appointment in person or by phone: 0800479821 or 034798212

All appointments after 10.30am each day require 2 hours notification of cancellation, for all appointments between 8.30 – 10.30am each day please call us as soon as possible.

If you miss any appointment (DNA) or do not cancel an unwanted appointment within the required time frame you will be charged a fee of $20.00.

Help us to help you by ensuring all unwanted appointments are cancelled so that the appointment can be used by another student.