Information regarding Common Conditions
Online Management of Your Health
Student Health in Hamilton are now offering all enrolled patients the freedom to manage your health and wellness online anytime, anywhere.
You're in control. ManageMyHealth gives you access to view your lab results, order repeat prescriptions and book appointments online. Please come in and ask your doctor, nurse or receptionist about this exciting new free service.
Healthline Symptom Checker App For Your Smart Phone
You can now use your iPhone or iPad to identify symptoms and decide what to do about them. The Healthline Symptom Checker lets you enter your symptoms on a body map or search by name from a list e.g. ‘knee injury’.
Once the symptoms have been found, courses of action are suggested. Based on the type and severity of the illness, that could be to call an ambulance, see the doctor within 24 hours, or advice on how to manage the condition at home.
Download the app here.
Please refer to Ministry of Health Website for more detailed information on individual conditions.
If you do not find what you are looking for please contact the Student Health Team for more help.
Depression and Anxiety
Mental health issues are very common and we are here to help and support you. Please contact the medical team or counselling services if you are concerned about your mental health.
CALM Auckland is an excellent website which has been developed for Auckland University Students and has some great resources.
Depression.org.nz is also a useful resource and can be used to help you manage your mental health and know when to seek advice.
The Ministry of Health recommends Meningococcal Vaccination for all teenagers and young adults living in halls of residence or flatting. For more information see leaflet, drop in to Student Health to speak to a nurse, call 0800 IMMUNE or check out www.health.govt.nz/dontwait
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Sexually transmitted infections are common and if untreated can lead to serious complications such as infertility. It is therefore really important to get a regular check-up.
We can offer a comprehensive sexual health check at the medical centre. Please come in to see the nurse or doctor if you require this. This may involve some swabs (which can often be self-taken), a urine test and possibly a blood test.
We recommend having a test at least annually and each time you change partner. This is recommended even if you do not have any symptoms as often you do not know you have one.
For more information on individual STIs click on the links below:
Contraception or Birth Control Methods
We are able to provide you with lots of information and education around available choices.
We are able to supply a range of different options including:
- Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill
- Progesterone Only Pill
- Jadelle implants
Click on the links for more information and please come in to discuss further with a doctor or nurse.
Condoms are also freely available at the medical centre, just ask the nurses or collect some of the supplies available in the waiting room or toilet facilities.
Please don't be shy, just ask! We’re here to help!
Smoking Cessation Support
It is not easy to stop smoking but we know that getting the right support can greatly increase your chances of success. Cessation support, a combination of behavioural support and stop-smoking medicine works best.
We have a designated nurse, Hanneke who specialises in helping you to quit. Simply make an appointment with her to discuss your options.
This will be the most important thing you can ever do for your health so don’t delay!
Quitline can also offer you help and support.
Drug and Alcohol Support
Illegal drugs and alcohol can have very serious consequences on your mental and physical wellbeing. We recommend the NZ Drug Foundation web-site as an accurate and current source of evidence-based information on all drugs (including alcohol & tobacco), their effects and the laws and policy that control their distribution and use.
We realise that university is a time when experimentation with drugs and increased intake of alcohol is all too common. We are here to offer non-judgmental support and help. The counselling service is also there to help. Please make an appointment with a counsellor, doctor or nurse if you feel you need help.
Alternatively, contact the Alcohol Drug Helpline 0800 787 797 or free text 'adh' to 234 and they will text you back. The Alcohol Drug Helpline is open 10am to 10pm everyday and offers free confidential information, insight and support with any problem, issue or query you have about your own or someone else's drinking or drug use.