Health services

Staying fit and healthy is key to studying successfully, so the University provides a broad range of affordable medical support should you experience illness or injury.

In an emergency, students at Newcastle and Ourimbah can attend the Accident and Emergency Department of either:

  • John Hunter Hospital (Lookout Road, New Lambton)
  • Newcastle Mater Hospital (Edith Road, Waratah)
  • Belmont Hospital (Croudace Bay Road, Belmont)
  • Maitland Hospital (High Street, Maitland)
  • Gosford Hospital (Holden Street, Gosford)
  • Wyong Hospital (Pacific Highway, Kanwal)

If you need an ambulance, call 000.

Campus health services

We provide medical centres staffed by doctors and nurses at our Newcastle (Callaghan) and Central Coast (Ourimbah) campuses.

Our medical centres are similar to a general doctors surgery and are open to both university students and staff. We are happy to see you about any issue that concerns you but some of the areas we can help include:

  • treatment of illnesses and injuries
  • women's health care including contraception, pap smears, pregnancy testing and advice, and antenatal care
  • testing and counselling for sexually transmitted infections
  • vaccinations, including travel immunisations and advice
  • immunisations required for students in health related programs
  • skin checks
  • assistance with emotional and personal difficulties
  • mental health services including psychologists, mental health nurse and specialist psychiatrist
  • referral to specialists, imaging services, pathology, and physiotherapy

Students and staff at both Newcastle (Callaghan) and Central Coast (Ourimbah) campuses have access to medical centres staffed by doctors and registered nurses.

Students covered by Medicare are bulk billed. You will need to present your Medicare card and a current Centrelink Health Care Card (if applicable) at consultations.

International students covered by Allianz Global Assistance, Medibank Private, ahm, BUPA, and nib are directly billed to their insurer, so there will be no out-of-pocket expenses for consultations – however be sure to bring documentation of your coverage.

While some services – such as medical examinations and certain immunisations – are not covered by Medicare or insurance, no student will be refused urgent medical care because of inability to pay at the time.

Appointments are necessary (except for emergencies) and usually last 15 minutes. If you think you need more time, please tell the receptionist when making your appointment. Please arrive 10 minutes early for your first appointment to complete the paperwork.

The University Health Service at Callaghan is an approved vaccination provider for COVID-19 vaccines (Cominarty (Pfizer)  and Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca). We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our staff and students and wider university community.

COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary and free for everyone in Australia and help to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19. Everyone aged 18 and over is eligible to receive AstraZeneca vaccine but should consult with their regular GP to discuss the risks and benefits beforehand, if aged under 60. Everyone aged  aged 12 and over to receive Pfizer vaccine.

If you have an appointment but have not yet completed a consent form, please download it and bring the completed form to your appointment.

To find out more information on:

These resources were developed by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Located on the ground floor of the Shortland Building, below the GT Bar, the Callaghan Campus Pharmacy is fully stocked with all your pharmaceutical needs.

The pharmacy also offers services such as:

  • vaccinations
  • free on-campus prescription delivery service
  • free herbalist consultations.


  • Open 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday (all year except university shutdown over Christmas).
  • Open 8:30am to 5:30pm During semester.


  • (02) 4968 8070 or University extension 64295
  • Fax your script to (02) 4968 8071 for pick up or delivery.
  • Scan and email your script for pick up or delivery.

Visit the Callaghan pharmacy website

The student teaching clinic, located at the Central Coast campus (Ourimbah), provides a free service for University students and staff, as well as Health Care Card holders. Other patients are charged a small fee.

The Clinic operates during semester time, with registered oral health professionals, such as dentists and dental therapists, providing supervision.

Services offered include check-ups, cleaning, simple fillings and preventative treatments, such as fissure sealants.

Make a booking

  • Phone: (02) 4348 4164 or (02) 4348 4113
  • Location: The University of Newcastle, Central Coast Campus, Sciences Labs 1, 10 Chittaway Road, Ourimbah NSW 2258.
  • Bookings are essential, although no referral is required.

Located on the second level of The Forum Sports and Aquatic Centre, Callaghan campus, NuMoves is staffed by trained physiotherapists, many of whom are involved in teaching the University’s physiotherapy program.

More than just physiotherapy, NuMoves also provides massage, Pilates, exercise rehabilitation and orthotic prescription.


Visit the NuMoves Physiotherapy website

The University has over 100 qualified first aid officers across Newcastle, City precinct, Central Coast and Sydney locations, as well as at other University-staffed sites.

First aid officers

  • provide first aid assistance to staff, students and visitors
  • ensure first-aid kits are stocked
  • report incidents and list first aid provided through the Online Incident Report Form
  • provide assistance in the event of an evacuation

A single blood donation provides life-saving treatment for three people – but it can be difficult to find the time to get to a donation centre.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service Donormobile makes regular visits to the University, giving you a hassle-free chance to give this most precious gift (and score a free drink and snack afterwards!)

Hunter Area Pathology Service (HAPS) has a collection centre located on Level 1 of the Student Services Centre, Callaghan.

  • Phone: (02) 4921 7444
  • Fax: (02) 4921 5610

Getting your heart rate up, your blood pumping and feeling the burn are great ways to stay healthy and keep your mind sharp.

The University has excellent gyms and sporting facilities at both our Callaghan and City campuses in Newcastle, as well as on the Central Coast, with discount memberships for students. There is also a free 5km park run at Callaghan every Saturday.


The Forum
University Drive, Callaghan
Mon to Fri 5.30am to 10:00pm
Sat and Sun 7:00am to 9:00pm
Phone: (02) 4921 7001


The Forum
5 Workshop Way, Honeysuckle
Mon to Fri 5.30am to 10:00pm
Sat and Sun 7:00am to 7:00pm
Phone: (02) 4921 7001


Your Gym
10 Chittaway Road, Ourimbah
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Friday 8:00am to 12:00pm
Closed on Tuesdays in Semester One, 2019 for Faculty use and closed during semester breaks
Phone: (02) 4348 4260

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.